Mauna Kea Telescope: Symbol of Hope and Faith

There is a cultural controversy occurring in Hawaii over whether it is right – a moral, not legal issue – for the state to build a $1.4 billion thirty-meter (18 stories!) telescope on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii. Ethnic Hawaiian elders claim this state-owned site has religious significance and want… Continue reading Mauna Kea Telescope: Symbol of Hope and Faith

Not My Needles: the Shutting Down of American Civil Rights

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”―J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring Replace "Ring" with "Ravelry" and you have a less lyrical summary of Ravelry's significance to its users. Twelve years ago, it began thusly: "Ravelry is a place… Continue reading Not My Needles: the Shutting Down of American Civil Rights

Conflicted in China

An unconditional heart brings great blessings with no boundary Without boundaries, our fragile lives are all connected through love Why do you turn a blind eye and let yourselves be restricted by the status quo? Willingly, I finally come to my senses to realize my character and my emptiness -translation of lyrics from Wu (Enlightenment)… Continue reading Conflicted in China

Thankful to Be Free

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Today is a day to celebrate our freedom to Choose our religion instead of forced to practice a state religionAssociate with whomever we choose, including friends, clubs, teams, and churchCriticize the PresidentSpeak our minds without fear of government retaliationFollow our hearts or the money in pursuit of our happinessMarry my choiceHave as many kids as… Continue reading Thankful to Be Free

Opportunity, Not Handouts, Wanted

I used to think Americans were silly for not caring more about politics, unlike people in other countries who argued about politics over beer and bratwurst. I didn’t understand that the United States was founded by and continues to be seeded by people who want less government interference. Even if they just want their kids… Continue reading Opportunity, Not Handouts, Wanted

Following Through

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article asking readers to hashtag and boycott products made in China to send China a firm message that berating and beating religion, identity, and family out of people is unacceptable. Temptation in outlet stores But it’s scary how easy it is to pretend the situation away. While shopping… Continue reading Following Through

Our Second Chance to Stop a Holocaust

Muslims in China need our help to prevent a second Holocaust.