A soft target is a military term depicting any person, place or thing that is relatively unprotected and vulnerable to attack and destruction. The assault in San Bernardino California that killed 14 and injured 17 was an attack on a soft target. Likewise, the attacks occurring across Paris were assaults on soft targets. And I woke up this morning with the realization that I am also a soft target.
In the shower, I looked for the unseen bull’s-eye that I nevertheless knew was present somewhere on the surface of my body. I wondered how many other Americans had awakened with the same realization and were doing likewise. Probably not as many as should be, I reckoned. Continue reading
Rowan county clerk Kim Davis is shown in this booking photo provided by the Carter County Detention Center. Reuters
When you think of religious extremism, you probably automatically think of the turbaned man. With IS and Boko Haram doing their thing, running amok, killing, raping and enslaving like it’s just another day at the office, it’s understandable that you might think of them first. However, it’s a problem if you think they’re the ones guilty of such. We’ve got our own home-grown version of it going on right here, right now. It’s so far nothing as violent as its foreign counterpart but troubling none the same. Call it extremism-light. This new face of intolerance is a petite and bespectacled homemaker standing all of 5’5”.
It has to be every parent’s nightmare; that things are so terrible at home that your children can’t stand it anymore and they walk out. This is really nothing new though, right. Teens have always run away from home and far from the fairytale round-the-block, Leave It to Beaver experience, such escapades in real life carry sometimes horrific consequences. But it’s always been like that, hasn’t it?
There exists in America today, a cultural oxymoron, i.e. the war on terror.
More than two words, it’s nevertheless an oxymoron because of the two words used, one, war, is presented in a manner of phrasing to signify its benevolent intent of defeating the evil other-the good war will defeat the bad terror-but in reality they both are the same. Let’s face it, war IS terror because war is terrible. War is heartache; war is persecution; war is starvation; war is destruction and war is wrong. These days though we wield war as if it’s some mythical, benign sword of Gideon or somebody, destined to defeat the evil whatever, wherever it is and at whatever cost. As we move forward in history and with this new global threat emerging, cost for me becomes the operative word. Continue reading