Why Morality?

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.”[1] 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.”[1]
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Violence & Hypocrisy

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. Continue reading “Violence & Hypocrisy”

More Than Music

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The Futility of Waging War Against Music

Music, and the arts in general, is one of my favorite topics to discuss endlessly. Anyone who has ever spent more than a few hours around me knows that the arts are a great passion of mine, so I want to briefly address an issue I have with the Christian community’s often misguided, and even unintentional war against the arts; specifically music. Continue reading “More Than Music”