Genocide – A deadly product of extremism and lack of humanity.
Peaking during the years 1915-1918 and many years before the term “genocide” was coined, there was a brutal and systematic killing in Armenia where approximately 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives. Turkey denies that a genocide occurred, arguing that the deaths were a casualty of the first world war and famine. But in an April 24 article, “The Forgotten Genocide: Why It Matters Today,” author Ray Ibraham argues that “… one of the primary causes for it—perhaps the fundamental cause—is completely unacknowledged: religion.” Armenia was the first nation to ever declare itself a “Christian nation.” The first persecutions and massacres by Islamic extremists against the Christians took place between 1894-1896, followed by a more intense “extermination” of Christians during the Armenian genocide in the 1900s.
Genocides in recent history include:
We’re honored to have an extraordinary teacher join us during the first hour of the show who will enlighten us about these historic tragedies and the steps that bring genocide to fruition.
Cherie McGinn is a retired teacher with 34 years of teaching social studies in Montgomery County, MD, at three of the top high schools in the nation. In the last ten years, she supervised 34 social studies teachers and resources for a long list of elective courses.
Cherie’s specialty was AP (Advanced Placement) European History and Comparative Religions. She has participated in multiple summer seminars with NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) and Council For Basic Education, and became a grant proposal reader for both organizations.
Not only were Jews victims of the Nazi holocaust, but gays, the mentally ill, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses were systematically killed. Religious right activists like Scott Lively and the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer claim that the Nazis were actually homosexuals.
More commonly, opponents to gay marriage frequently warn that marriage equality will lead to legalized plural marriages (polygamy).
Philosopher Troy Bowles says that’s nonsense … and he is in a unique position to speak with authority on the subject.
Troy grew up in a polygamous family and knows the psychological and physical horrors of what polygamous cults can produce. He left the polygamous commune in 1984, and spent time in the Navy. After he was honorably discharged from the service, Troy became a human rights activist in the late 1990′s. He finished his BA in Philosophy in 2009 from the University of Utah, with emphases on Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics and Epistemology.
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