Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Theology & Culture New York Times contributor Michael J. Boyle recently wrote an article titled “The Problem With ‘Evil’: The Moral Hazard of Calling ISIS a ‘Cancer’", and in it he posits that moral rhetoric has no place in a discussion, especially among politicians, about ISIS and its actions in the Middle East. Boyle states that calling ISIS evil serves to “obscure the group’s strategic aims and preclude further analysis.” He goes on to imply that although ISIS has committed human rights violations, these should not be colored as morally wrong because ISIS “operates less like a revolutionary terrorist movement that wants to overturn the entire political order in the Middle East than a successful insurgent group that wants a seat at that table.” (more…)
Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Theology & Culture The shooting of Michael Brown has dominated the news for the last couple of weeks, and there have been ongoing protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the controversial killing of this young man. Ferguson’s leaders are now promising to hire more African-Americans to the police force and rebuild the community, while community activists are also calling for a beefing up of the city’s youth programs. There are two types of protesters that police are encountering, those who are peaceful, and those who are aggressive. (more…)
Written by Victor Stanley Jr.