Bob Marley’s Grandson, Skip Marley, Shares New Politically Charged Music Video [Watch]

first_imgSkip Marley, grandson to the late and great Bob Marley, just released a music video for his new single, “Lions.” With many of the lyrics taking on an explicitly political message, “If ya took all my rights away / If ya tellin’ me how to pray / If ya won’t let us demonstrate / You’re wrong,” the track is triumphant and clearly defiant. The video itself features Marley and other young people, all dressed in black, plotting and rising up against a tyrannical fascist dictator in a dystopian future. You can check out the video for yourself below.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

College receives service honor

first_imgWith 80 percent of students participating in community service prior to graduating, Saint Mary’s was nationally recognized as a member of the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll on Feb. 25, a College press release said.The Honor Roll is the highest achievement that a college or university can accomplish for its dedication to community service. The College has received the award in each of the past four years, said Carrie Call, director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE).“This is a national designation awarded yearly to institutions of higher education that meet certain requirements for community engagement and volunteer service,” Call said. “We gained it by the extensive involvement of our students.”Call said OCSE hopes to continue the tradition of service on campus by offering a variety of opportunities for student engagement at many different levels within the community. “The opportunities have grown in the past years for our students and we want to continue that,” Call said.Call said the College believes it is important for students to participate in service.“It helps students come to understand what their passions and what they want to do in their lives,” she said. “Another important reason is that it gives us the opportunity to give something back to our communities. Catholic Social Teaching tells us that we are ‘all really responsible for all’ and so our service in the community allows us to act out that sense of responsibility and solidarity.”Call said she was excited about the award because it reflects the actions of the students.“Awards like this are important because they are a public recognition of our students’ dedication to the common good,” Call said.The level of student participation at the College is higher than the national average, Call said. OCSE plans to offer several community service opportunities within the next few weeks, including Walk for the Hungry on March 28 and Rebuilding Together on April 17.Call said OCSE offers a variety of other opportunities throughout the academic year for student involvement in community service.last_img read more

Bear Witness to the Truth about Unborn Human Life

first_imgThe Heritage Foundation 19 June 2014While it is a self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, what is self-evident in the technical philosophical sense is not always readily assented to, or immediately obvious. In many ways this is the story of debates throughout American history, and it is true today in the debate over unborn human life.That truths are not obvious and are not readily agreed upon, however, is no reason to prematurely accept defeat and to compromise on the rights of others. That the unborn possess a right to life is not necessarily a truth obvious to all, but it is a truth. We must work to help others see it for the truth that it is. Doing so requires a full panoply of defense—intellectual, cultural, and legal—bearing witness to truth.We thus cannot agree with Peter Steinfels’ judgment that because the pro-life conclusion is not obvious, the unborn must settle for less than equal protection under the law. Steinfels affirms, with us, that “from the very earliest stages of its life, the unborn offspring of human beings constitutes an individual member of the human species deserving the same protections from harm and destruction owed to born humans.”But he adds that this conviction “is nowhere near as obvious as many of us who hold it suppose.” Steinfels reaches this conclusion while citing the book by Robert George and Chris Tollefsen, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, that one of us (RTA) helped prepare as his first job after college.Growing up in the 80s and 90s, in the shadow of Roe v. Wade, we have never taken the pro-life conclusion for granted or as an “obvious” truth. So we aren’t shocked by Steinfels’ suggestion that. read more


first_imgA Donegal County Councillor says he is concerned about the condition of one of the county’s leading tourist attractions.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigCllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig has now written to Coillte about the condition of certain aspects of Ards Forest Park.He said “Local people raised their concerns about the Forest Park with me recently so I visited to have a look for myself,” he said. “I was concerned that there appears to be a general lack of maintenance in a number of areas. The entrance gate and Woodway walk in particular are in need of repair and upgrade, but there is a more pressing concern with the Rhododendron problem in the park.”He said the problem is now so severe that it is regarded as an imminent threat to the diverse range of flora and fauna in the park as well as the associated wildlife.“The Rhododendron now covers a large area of the ground and is choking the smaller plants and could also threaten the semi-natural woodland comprising trees such as oak, ash and birchas it can kill off or prevent natural regeneration occurring.”Ards Forest Park is widely used and appreciated by local people and attracts thousands of visitors each year. “It is a hugely important natural resource which deserves to be looked after properly. I have asked Coillte to investigate the concerns I have highlighted and to advise me what action they will take to address the problems.” WILDLIFE UNDER THREAT AT ARDS FOREST PARK, CLAIMS COUNTY COUNCILLOR was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ards Forest ParkDonegal County Councilthreatlast_img read more

Donegal stage stars scoop AIMS awards

first_imgTwo members of the prestigious Donegal Youth Musical Theatre have won top titles at the Association of Irish Musical Societies Awards 2019. Séimi Campbell and Eavan Gribbin celebrated major successes at the awards ceremony on Saturday night. Artistic Director of DYMT Séimí Campbell won Best Director award in the Sullivan Section for Jesus Christ Superstar in An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny last summer.  Séimi Campbell- Jesus Christ Superstar- Donegal Youth Musical Theatre, Letterkenny, winner of the Best Director award Sullivan Section at the annual AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) in the INEC Killarney at the weekend receiving the trophy from Seamus Power, President, AIMS left and Rob Donnelly, Vice-President.Photo: Don MacMonagle – macmonagle.comEavan Gribbin won of the Best Stage Management Sullivan Section for her work on the production.Donegal Youth Musical Theatre- Jesus Christ Superstar- Eavan Gribban winner of the Best Stage Management Sullivan Section award at the annual AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) in the INEC Killarney at the weekend receiving the trophy from Seamus Power, President, AIMS left and Rob Donnelly, Vice-President.Photo: Don MacMonagle – macmonagle.comOver 1,500 people attended the glamorous AIMS awards ceremony in the INEC Killarney, where winners were announced by MC Fergal D’Arcy.Celebrations continued long into the night and early into the morning as the sun set on another AIMS Awards Weekend.Donegal stage stars scoop AIMS awards was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIMS awardsDonegal Youth Musical Theatredymtlast_img read more

The Science of Atheism

first_imgScience news sites have recently included some unusual articles: reports about the science of atheism.  What can scientists say about atheism without leaving the domain of science altogether? The science of distrust:  PhysOrg reported a study from the University of British Columbia about why believers distrust atheists.  A sense of the feelings of the researchers can be seen in their title of their paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology – “Do You Believe in Atheists? Distrust is Central to Anti-Atheist Prejudice.”  Surveys of 350 American adults and 420 students found that atheists ranked lower in trustworthiness than Christians, Jews, Muslims, gay men and feminists – only rapists ranked comparably low.  “The researchers concluded that religious believer’s distrust – rather than dislike or disgust – was the central motivator of prejudice against atheists, adding that these studies offer important clues on how to combat this prejudice,” the article stated, mentioning also a Gallup poll that showed only 45% of Americans would vote for an atheist president.  If it’s a prejudice, it cannot be a well-thought-out position, can it?  Study co-author Ara Norenzayan said, “believers may consider atheists’ absence of belief as a public threat to cooperation and honesty.” Christmas for atheists:  They may feel it grounded in folly, but many atheists still celebrate Christmas.  Science Daily reported on a study by some researchers in Texas and New York why that is.  Some do it because they want to expose their children to a variety of belief systems, including religion.  Some do it to please a spouse.  Some do it because they “want a sense of moral community and behavior, even if they don’t agree with the religious reasoning.”  Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, principal investigator for the paper published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (Dec. 2011), wanted to show that atheists do not typically indoctrinate their children one way or another.  “I think that understanding how nonreligious scientists utilize religion in family life demonstrates the important function they have in the U.S.,” she said. Stephanie Pappias at Live Science elaborated on the study.  “They may not find much meaning in the birth of Jesus Christ, but many atheists embrace religious traditions such as churchgoing for the sake of the children,” she wrote.  A survey of 275 participants from science faculty at 21 elite research universities found that 17% of atheists attend a religious service more than once a year, for “social and personal reasons.”  In fact, according to Pappias, 20% of atheists consider themselves “spiritual” in some sense, if not outwardly religious. The neurology of religion:  In another Live Science article, “Life’s Extremes: Atheists vs. Believers,” Adam Hadhazy explored what makes religion appealing to so many.  He looked to neuroscience and to evolution for answers.  The fact that religion has been so pervasive in human society since antiquity leads Andrew Newburg, author of a book How God Changes Your Brain to view religion as adaptive or serendipitous.  “This fact has led some researchers to suggest that a tendency toward religion is ‘built’ into our brains, perhaps as a byproduct of the development of complex cognitive abilities,” Hadhazy summarized. Hadhazy included a chart of religious belief, and then discussed how only a small percentage (around 1%) self-identify as atheists, and another small sliver (1-2%) call themselves agnostics among the religiously unaffiliated.  Then he considered “religious zealots.”  Among those are the 53% of churchgoers who believe the Bible literally, oppose homosexuality and abortion.  The “most zealous of the zealous” turn to violence, he said, implying a matter of degree, not of definition.  “To an extent, atheists and enthusiastic believers are products of their environment, so to speak,” but he didn’t speak to what extent, except in broad terms about “regional cultures” such as the Bible belt. If the most important point is usually saved for last, then Hadhazy’s emphasis was saved for his last sub-heading, “Religion and lack thereof in the brain.”  Here, he offered equal opportunity predestination: “Beyond regional influences, brain conditioning may also move an individual out of the mainstream of mild and moderate religiosity into atheism or zealotry.”  That final distinction, “atheism or zealotry,” seems instructive into his own bias.  Cannot atheists be zealots? The discussion degenerated into talk of a “god gene” and other such genetic predispositions to belief: “For both non-religious and religious people, then, reinforcement of a set of beliefs modifies the brain to accept information supportive of that system and reject information that goes against it.”  Hadhazy did not discuss whether similar reinforcement might predispose one to scientism. Who should analyze whom?  These reporters make a number of slips that reveal their bias.  For one, they speak of distrust of atheism as “prejudice.”  Uninformed conviction is the definition of prejudice.  What if the distrust is informed?  It might be informed, for instance, by knowledge of history.  One only need look back at the 20th century, where bloodbaths followed in the wake of tyrannical atheist regimes.  The French Revolution was another horror story that might engender a modicum of distrust.  One might also learn distrust by logical thinking.  With no ground for morals, can atheists be trusted? Another bias is where Hadhazy contrasted atheism and zealotry – the either-or fallacy in action.  To anyone who thinks, atheists can be zealots, and sincere believers can be rather passive and easygoing about their faith.  He draws a wrong contrast.  Similarly, Ecklund showed bias by wanting to rehabilitate the atheists’ “important function” in society.  Hadhazy spoke of regional and cultural conditioning without considering all the causes.  That’s poor science.  Maybe the so-called Bible Belt and other regions exists and maintains itself for reasons apart from cultural conditioning.  It might be because of the laws, educational standards, shared norms that are well reasoned, purposeful migration, better contact with nature, and other reasons that have nothing to do with indoctrination. The worst bias, though, is thinking that science can analyze religion or atheism at all.  Other than surveying, what can science do?  Science is supposed to measure, theorize, explain, predict and falsify.  Only measurement applies to studies like this.  Even then, the measurements are likely to be flawed by surveyor bias, respondent bias, question bias, and sample bias.  The Rice study, for instance, was conducted on university faculty.  What reliable conclusions can be drawn from such an ingrown sample population?  Besides, human minds are too complex to give reliable answers to questions as deep as religion or atheism.  An atheist may feel adamant one day, then acquiescent the next after his wife takes him to a Christmas concert.  A Christian or Muslim or Jew may give different emphasis to his or her answers on Wednesday than on the weekend.  Some may simply lie on surveys regarding such a sensitive topic.  How would you answer a question like, “Do you consider yourself a religious zealot?” As we have reminded repeatedly, the psychologists and researchers who worked on these surveys could not even do anything without presupposing the validity of the Judeo-Christian worldview.  Only that worldview provides the grounds for honesty, integrity and belief in eternal truth and laws of logic.  Without that ground of understanding, researchers are left with a self-refuting position.  They argue that the mind and brain and human evolution in a mythical prehistory preconditioned us to certain beliefs, but fail to realize that the same argument applies to them: it preconditioned their belief that science provides answers. The researchers had to assume the validity of Christianity, therefore, in spite of themselves.  A corollary of this proposition is that preachers should analyze scientists, and not vice versa.  If a researcher wants to understand the causes of atheism and belief, let them learn to distrust their own understanding, and trust the word of the living God (Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 1, Psalm 14, Matthew 24:27-29, John 1:1-18, John 3:16-20, Romans 1:16-23).  Science seeks knowledge.  Let it come to the fountainhead. Footnote:  We welcome atheists to read our articles and commentaries, provided they have an open mind.  Some atheists are zealots, but not all.  Some just have unanswered questions.  If you are one who is really seeking truth, and are open to ideas outside your normal beliefs, we urge you to re-read those last two paragraphs and think about them (for independent corroboration, see what Raymond Tallis said on the Wall Street Journal about the inability to account for the human mind from molecules alone).  Can you find the ground of truth, knowledge and explanation in atheism?  Can an evolving universe of particles provide any explanation for anything that can survive a constantly evolving environment?  If the answer is no, then read those Bible references thoughtfully and consider their application to your worldview.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Federal candidates take on housing concerns in forum

first_imgNDP candidate Leah Gazan is taking on Liberal incumbent Robert-Falcon Ouellette.She rebutted Carr’s statement saying big dollar amounts don’t always address the issues.“On the ground, in fact, that only amounts to a house and a half or less than a house depending on how remote the community is,” she said.Things took a turn when Gazan called out the Liberals for, “bailing out a pipeline by $4.5 billion,” she said referring to the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project last year.“If people were serious about homelessness and ending homelessness…they could have taken that money and invested in people,” said Gazan.Gazan brought up the purchase of the pipeline several times throughout the night before Carr reminded the panel they were there to talk about housing.“If you want to expand this debate to talk about climate and energy policy…I’m glad to do it but it would be a distraction from the major issue that we’re here to discuss,” said Carr.Part of the night included a question and answer portion with audience members.Katherine Thomas, who introduced herself using her spirit name Earth Old Woman, reiterated the need for more housing on traditional lands.“We’re not thriving here,” she said referring to Indigenous people who live in the city. “The system set up here is brutal to our people…and when we go back to our lands we heal and we thrive.”The CHRA estimates one in 15 Indigenous peoples living in urban and rural settings are homeless, compared to one in 128 for the non-Indigenous population.Gazan was the only one to respond to the suggestion, “if the community decides that we want to have houses built on land, we want to have houses built on our traditional trap lines then we have an obligation to work with communities.”Gazan is running in the Winnipeg Centre riding. She is also the partner of former NDP MP Romeo Saganash, who was in the audience. Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsHousing for Indigenous people living on and off reserve took centre stage during a forum in Winnipeg Wednesday night.Several local community-based organizations hosted the event to highlight the need for more social housing not just in the province but across the country as well.According to the national non-profit organization Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), more than a million people live in approximately 600,000 subsidized homes in Canada, Three of the four major parties shared their platforms.Green candidate Andrea Shalay said if elected her party would implement a minister of housing.“We know that this is a national problem,” said Shalay, who is one of the candidates in Winnipeg Centre.“Creating a minister position is a great way of making sure that something is getting government focus.”(Green candidate Andrea Shalay, left, Leah Gazan who is running for the NDP and Liberal MP Jim Carr. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)Both the NDP and Liberal candidates also committed to creating a minister of housing position during a lightning round of yes or no questions.Winnipeg South Centre incumbent Jim Carr was there for the Liberals.Carr, who was also the Minister of International Trade Diversification, promised those advocating for affordable housing would have easier access to government, “so that we have a better understanding on the ground of the kind of hardships that people are suffering when they don’t have affordable housing.”Carr also highlighted previous investments the Liberals made toward housing on First Nations, including $1 billion set aside in 2017 for on-reserve infrastructure including housing, water treatment systems, health facilities and other similar projects. Maïtée Saganash, daughter of Saganash, was also in the audience and took some time to exchange words with Carr regarding Bill C-262 and child welfare issues.“At this point drop the reconciliation lines. The Canadian Tribunal of Human Rights proved that you’re actually discriminating [against] First Nation children, so drop the reconciliation lines. What is your plan? What are you doing?” she probed.Carr said he would not stop working toward reconciliation.“Your government may not be able to move down that road at a pace that is comfortable or is satisfying to some, but no I won’t stop. Are you blaming the Federal Liberal government for the votes of five Conservative senators? You and I can have a longer conversation down the road about that.”No candidate from the Conservative party attended despite an invitation from [email protected]@bhobs22last_img read more