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Sending Holiday Greetings to All

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Every culture and every religion has a time and celebration of some of the best virtues of humankind.  For those of us who are culturally Christian, Christmas celebrates our goodness.  Whether it be the stories and songs of young baby Jesus, focusing on peace; or the tales of Kris Kringle bringing joy through gifts, these are some of the best traits we can have.   Even the excess of these things, such as the commercialism that preys on our desire to give to our loved ones, are still rooted in something beautiful.

So, to all, however you celebrate Christmas; even if that is not celebrating this day at all, I wish you joy and peace, and to find the best of humankind in yourself and others.  Or to quote Tiny Tim from the pen of Dickens, “God bless us, everyone”

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December 25th, 2017 at 11:59 am

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What I am gaining in practice from parts of Islam

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In Sacramento there is an ad campaign on many billboards supporting Islam and encouraging people to learn more and consider converting.  This is an interesting confluence with the issue of the Islamaphobic flyers that went out during the past Twin Rivers election, and my connection with those very dear to my heart who are practicing Muslims. And I am asking myself, what can I learn from Islam?  And, what practices of Islam can be of value?

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May 24th, 2015 at 11:59 am

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My own religious views…

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Before I start posting more about Islam, I should probably share my own religious views and beliefs.  They are beliefs that have changed, and likely will change again.  But, they are beliefs that have been derived by being an open-minded skeptic, that attempts to avoid beliefs that are either false-positives (have type 1 errors) or false-negatives (have type 2 errors).

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May 21st, 2015 at 11:59 am

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Some thoughts on Islam after visiting a Placer County mosque

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Recently, I went with my daughters to a mosque in Roseville, which is sponsored by the Islamic Society of Placer County.  This was part of a broader program of religious exploration that my kids have been a part of.  Going there and talking with their imam confirmed to me that most U.S. Muslims, like most U.S. Christians, interpret their holy text in a way that is peaceful and good.  And from talking with other Muslims from around the world, it seems that this is also the case in most places.

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April 28th, 2015 at 11:59 am

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