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About reisiger

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  1. pious bloody law clerks... no heart... no compassion... I'm out.
  2. This isn't a struggle of identity politics or a culture of micro aggressions. Simply put, and the left is the only side correctly identifying this phenomenon, and has been since Karl Marx. It is a class struggle. The battle lines are 1/10 of 1% who own nearly everything versus everyone else. Coalitions will form along different lines and based on different grievances, but at the root of it all, the cause is the same: the richest continue to lie, cheat, steal, and feel entitled to rig the global power structure against everyone else. And they do this by re-writing laws to favor their
  3. Salaam sister, and to @Ali Emanoil Mustafa as well. I also struggle with depression. I'm a huge believer in the value of cognitive therapy. I'm sorry for all the struggles, brother. May Allah (S W T) reward you for not lashing back at the provocations and may He guide your family to this deen. One thing that helped me in my struggles was the MBTI (myers-briggs) personality test. It should be called a cognitive function test. I forget, sister @Islandsandmirrors - are we both the same type? I know we are both on PerC as well. Anyway, if you are interested, check out 16personalities.c
  4. Hello! I actually went through something similar in that I had a lot of questions and something drew me toward Islam. I happened to be in the seminary program for the Episcopal church at the time, so I know full well that moment of questioning the central doctrines of post Nicaea Christianity can be terrible. I remember the hours of intense agony over it, praying tearfully for guidance. Alhamdulillah (the praise be to God) I received it. I will be more than happy to help answer any questions you may have about Islam. Please don't be put off by my avatar. I am far left (obviously), b
  5. Please substantiate your statement. Do you mean my statements about Putin and Assad? History will judge both to be. You are correct about fighting DAESH not making one a war criminal. What does that is disregard for the rules of the Geneva convention. Things like using civilian areas to hide weapons, dropping chlorine barrel bombs on ... well anyone, prisons where dissidents are tortured, etc., targeting medical facilities, ordering your military to strike targets twice to ensure that the civil defense groups pulling people out of rubble. If you'd like to discuss it more, then I will
  6. Stein. Usually I write in the Queen of England, but this time I voted for Stein.
  7. Good points, but on the endorsement matter; he was very nuanced with that. He simply said that a trump presidency would be a disaster (fact) and that we must not have that. He supported her, but did not endorse her. In fact the result of their meetings was the most left wing platform ever for the Dems. I think that we need to break this 2 party mess. Washington warned against it; it isn't sanctioned in the constitution, etc. As for Israel... Sanders was pretty silent on the issue as a whole. That was disappointing to me too, but I don't think he is pro Israel. I can't see him going
  8. eh... sorry brother- I have to watch those after work. Videos are blocked here. I will though for sure. I suggest looking into Senator Sanders, though. He is the only elected official in this country that I think actually is honest. Not perfect, but honest. Chomsky is brilliant, and I've been a fan of his since Manufacturing Consent. Howard Zinn was brilliant though. People's History of the United States is the most honest history book I think I've ever read. It is amazing. Anyway, I don't want to appear discourteous by not responding to the videos- got about 10 hours befor
  9. Don't get me wrong- Israeli and Saudi influence are a problem. no doubt. Boehner inviting naziyahu to address congress was insanity. The thing is that the Americans won't move unless there is a clear and present danger that has been demonstrated. Sadly, the Israeli and Saudi issues are things that aren't universally agreed to be a problem. Congressional Republicans would block any anti-Israel action. In democracy, majorities matter more than truth. Oddly enough, I heard a speech with the Aga Khan where he said that democracy does not automatically equal good governance.
  10. Just want to say that you, @Islandsandmirrors, and he ever legendary @Gaius I. Caesar are my favorite SCers at the moment. I feel like there is a bias here toward Russia because Russia backs Assad, and Assad is friendly with Iran. To me, Assad and Putin are both criminals with no regard for human life, only holding onto power in Assad's case, and a drive to rebuild Imperial Russia in Putin's case. Neither are good men. Clearly there was enough Russian influence in the election to warrant an investigation; of course this attorney general (confederate hobbit) will never investigate, and
  11. Salaam alaikum The only thing that I would argue is that so many Muslims seem to portray it as an action that could have been prevented, or somehow universally the fault of the person who did it. I see that as blaming the victim. Suicide is the ultimate irrational act. To take one's own life is contrary to the survival instinct our Creator put in all of us. With that said, I have to believe that there are cases where the person who ended their life was unable to be rational due to mental illness exacerbating and magnifying their problems, or what about a person who is horribly abused
  12. 1000X this ^^^ A free and independent press is vital to the function of any sort of a democracy, as it informs the electorate on the issues of their day. Failure to do so renders it impossible for said electorate to exercise the franchise properly, and either a lack of information, media slant, or outright propaganda get in the way of that. Now I know it is very common in the US to call the media liberal, but I'm calling shenanegans on that. In 1983, 90% of the media in the US were owned by 50 companies. Today, 90% of the media are owned by 5. (Ashley Lutz These 6 Companies contro
  13. I know there is debate over music, but one of the best lyrics I ever read was written by a Muslim, and it's simple enough: God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in their shoes. Then you really might know what it's like to have to lose. As for whether people can be punished... Allah (S W T) can do whatever He likes. That's the awesome thing about Him: He always does the right, just, and compassionate thing. The thought that a person would be suffering from mental disease, try to end their own life, and then be punished for it, well that would seem to make Allah (S W T) unjust or u
  14. Salaam alaikum! Your words are beautiful and so true. Thank you for sharing them. I don't mean to sound like I'm dismissing fiqh. Without the esoteric, the exoteric is mundane ritual. Equally empty as any other mundane ritual. Without the exoteric, the esoteric has nothing in which to take root. But thank you for expressing this so eloquently!
  15. And brother, please know that when I say these things, I say them with an eye on the Judgment for all of us. We know what is haram, but if we must, let's hate the act, but love the person, as they are either our brother in faith or equal in humanity. I don't want it on my conscience that I should have spoken up about being more compassionate. Allah (s w t) knows my weaknesses, and He knows what a wretched sinner I can be, but I hope that every person who showed me an act of kindness when I was in pain frees them from jahannam. And I hope to encourage people to live kindly and to love e
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