A Visit To The Gates Of Hell

If I live a hundred years I will never forget the horrors of the Auschwitz death camp. I saw the cramped, sparse wooden sheds, originally designed to store horses, but that prisoners slept in. I saw the cattle containers that were used to transfer millions of Jews to their death. I saw the barbed wire, the electric fences, and the watchtowers that meant few escaped. I saw Block 11, where cruel and barbaric experiments were conducted by deranged Nazi doctors. I saw the hidden courtyard, where prisoners were secretly executed. I saw the starvation cells, where prisoners were denied food and water until they were dead. I saw the enormous chimneys. I saw the furnaces which left no remains of an entire race. I saw the gas chamber, the face of pure evil. I saw the gates of hell. I saw Auschwitz. Continue reading “A Visit To The Gates Of Hell”

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Just Who Is Rick Santorum?

(This article was originally written for The College Tribune in January. I was anxious to talk about Santorum because I didn’t think he’d be around for much longer.)

Do you think homosexuals are destroying America? Do you think the government should stop giving money to black people? Do you think universities are brain washing students? Do you think contraceptives are damaging society? Don’t believe in Evolution or Global Warming? If so then you’ll love Rick Santorum, who’s running for the Republican nomination for President. The former Senator from Pennslyvania hit the headlines after winning the Iowa primary three weeks ago. Continue reading “Just Who Is Rick Santorum?”

New Dawn or More of the Same?

This time last year there was a political earthquake that changed the shape of Irish politics. Fianna Fail suffered the worst defeat in its history and lost its dominance over Irish politics. The political system in place since 1932 was destroyed. Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein made enormous and unprecedented gains, while the losses suffered by Fianna Fail and the Green Party were so great many commentators questioned if they would survive. A Fine-Gael-Labour coalition was formed with the largest majority in history. One year on, how has the new government fared? Has it redefined the way politics operate or is it simply a case of new faces, same old story? Continue reading “New Dawn or More of the Same?”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism

For centuries Jews have been the victim of bigotry and hatred for allegedly being responsible for the killing Jesus. This hateful lie has led to widespread discrimination and pogroms culminating in the Holocaust. But where did this murderous idea come from? The answer is none other than the so-called “Good Book”, the Bible, the book that is supposedly full of nothing but peace and love. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism”

Arguments Against The Existence Of God #1 – The Problem Of Evil

God is described to be all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving. But if this is so, then why is there evil in the world? Let me explain.

Could God use his powers to prevent all evil? If not then he is not all-powerful.

What if he does not know that evil is taking place? Then he is not all-knowing.

What if he does not want to prevent the evil? Then he is not all-loving.

It is therefore impossible for both evil and an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving God to exist simultaneously. As we know there is evil in the world, God as he is described, cannot exist. Continue reading “Arguments Against The Existence Of God #1 – The Problem Of Evil”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 5 – Racism

I would have thought the Bible of all books would be about love and peace for the whole world. I would never expected quotes from God or Jesus claiming only some ethnic groups were saved or that some were superior to others. But that is exactly what I found. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 5 – Racism”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 4 – Slavery

Surely the Bible, the book filled with goodness and light would never condone an institution as evil as slavery? Surely God would condemn this and set people free? Surely Jesus, perfect Jesus would condemn slavery? After all, didn’t Moses free his people from slavery? However there is not a single line condemning slavery in the Bible. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 4 – Slavery”