Articles written by: Diane Weber Bederman

Converting to Islam

Convert to Islam. What does it mean? We are told that Islam is a religion of peace and those who terrorize in the name of Islam are not Muslims. They are radicalized youth.  They are poor, uneducated, unemployed.  No. That is not true. Whatever else they might be,...

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The Right to Die and to Kill

  Joseph Fletcher wrote in The Ethics of Genetic Control 1988, “The world no longer needs all the individuals we are capable of bringing into it—especially those who are unable to compete and are an unhappy burden to others. If the size of our families must be...

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A Question of Evil

The problem with evil is that it is insidious. It exists on a continuum and if we don’t pay attention, we slide, individually and collectively, into evil action. We choose not to look, not to pay attention or get involved when we hear abusive comments, see others break windows, spray hateful graffiti, loot and burn down buildings, demean, denigrate and round up innocent people.

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For the love of a Dog

This is the story of Lady Freckles. My youngest child, a daughter, had been asking for a dog forever. Both she and her older sister had asthma and allergies, so a dog was not a good idea. When she turned thirteen and still asked, we agreed. Off we went to the breeder....

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There is humour in mental illness

There are days when I know that if I don’t stop the worry, the anxiety, the fear that creeps in with it, I will go down into the abyss. And those days I’ve turned to fine wine despite the fact that alcohol is verboten, counter-indicated, when taking anti-depressants.

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