Friday, March 23, 2018

The Global Warming Picture Book

In this super-colorful, four page booklet, I answer the central question:   

"Does CO2 control global temperature?"  The answer is not a simple "yes" or "no."  My goal is to present a more nuanced view of the controversy than you will find in most media articles or discussions.   

For my other climate publications, click on the Climate Science tab.

A Brief Portrait of Muhammad from 7th and 8th Century Christian Writers

This well organized and concise article puts it all together: 

Muhammad the Initiator of the Conquests
Muhammad the Trader
Muhammad the King
Muhammad the Monotheist Revivalist
Muhammad the Lawgiver
Muhammad the Prophet/False Prophet

The author, a major scholar in the field of Islamic studies, concludes by evaluating the utility of these sources: “Since the Muslim perception of Muhammad underwent major change during this period, this means that Christian sources can sometimes provide evidence for this change where Muslim sources are silent.”

See: “The Earliest Christian Writings on Muhammad: An Appraisal” by Robert Hoyland (2000)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

14 Reasons Why America is 
Not a Racist Country

If you listen to the diatribes of some on the Left, you might conclude that this country is still hopelessly bound by the cords of bigotry.  “Brown skinned” people, we are told, are oppressed to insure the continuation of white supremacy.   Incidents of racism still occur in the United States, to be sure, but we are far and away from being a nation of white oppressors.  Anyone comparing America today to America in 1960 would see a different country.
  1.   America ended slavery in 1865.
  2.   African-American men were given the right to vote in 1869 (women in 1920).
  3.   Jim Crow laws were struck down in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 
  4.   We have 50+ years of civil rights legislation, beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  5.   There are affirmative action programs at nearly every level of society.
  6.   Desegregation school busing was mandated across the country.
  7.   The KKK, once numbering millions, now numbers less than 8,000.
  8.   A black president was elected to two terms in office.
  9.   There are 45 black Representatives in the United States House of Representatives.
  10.   Millions of non-white immigrants from across the globe still seek entry into the U.S.
  11.   Indians and Asians are the top performers in many of our schools and professions.
  12.   Black athletes are heavily represented in many professional sports.
  13.   87% of Americans approve of interracial marriage (compared to only 4% in 1958).
  14.   87% of Americans believe that DACA immigrants should be allowed to remain in the U.S.

See also”Is America Racist?” (5 min video)