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Donald Trump and Muslims

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

December 16, 2015
Last Monday, on the campaign trail republican front runner Donald Trump said the most offensive thing that he said, that if he is elected president he will ban all Muslims from entering the US. It is among a stream of offensive comments. It was so disgusting to say the least and is potentially dangerous, here is why.

  
Not all Muslims are Islamist. Unlike Trump’s rhetoric there, he is generalizing all Muslims. Muslims are a group of people, Islam is a religion. There are liberal Muslims and conservative Muslims, there are atheist Muslims In short muslims are a group of people. Islam on the other hand is a religion. AKA (the religion of Islam). People should not compare all Muslims to ISIL  
Donald Trump is putting Americans in danger in the Middle East. Because of what he said, as one politician said Donald Trump is the best friend of Isis. And he is not aware of what he is doing. Conservatives do not even realize what they are putting themselves in by supporting Trump. America wake up, please. 

  
Even conservative dingbats, Vice President Dick Cheney condemned Trump for what he said. Saying that it is un-American even Dick Cheney the orchestrator of the Iraq War. Wow. All the republican candidates for president condemned what he said, but one, Ted Cruz, wow. Also even regular Americans said he went to far. It is so incredible that he is not out of the race yet, with what he said. 

  
Lastly, this is just what I want to say to people who supports a candidate like Donald Trump, You all know this that he is just your candidate because you are also like him. Racist!!! Finally, People like him should not be president. He is racist and full of hate.

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Religion is harmful

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte  November 20, 2015
In the song Imagine by John Lennon, He sings about religion being a dividing power. Religion is a relevant topic today after the Paris attacks where in Muslim extremists bomb a concert hall where in they killed one hundred plus people. In my opinion believing in any fundamentalist interpretation of any religion is harmful to people.

  
For hundreds of years, people thought that religion and morality are intertwined. And that to be a good person you need to have a faith. People overlooked atheism and agnosticism as bad and wrong, people in America thinks that an atheist are the worst kinds and is not qualified to be president. In fact According to Pew Research only 47 percent of people will vote for an atheist president.

  
People are worse off with religion According to Pew Research, why? The reason is that people are more clingy to their religious identity.and therefore will not help some one who is some what of a different religion than they are, it makes perfect sense because people who are religious are more likely to not see people that are different than them, i.e. Gay people and other minority groups.

   
Peole who are in a fundamentalist interpretation of a particular religious text are more likely to be hateful and harmful like the KKK who is a Christian group and ISIS, who is a Muslim terror group. Even ordinary religious people are more likely to be harmful than non religious people. For example people who often refer to a said holy book and ignoring the parts that are not convenient on their part like for example in the issue of gay marriage, a person might say that in Leviticus 20:13 and not the part where the bible talks about slavery. 

  
Lastly, John Lennon is right that religion is bad for people. Finally the best idea is to follow the golden rule that is do not do to Others what you do not like others to do to you, it makes so much sense .

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The State of Gay Rights Around the  World 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

November 18, 2015

  
People in much of the western world never really thinks of marriage (equality) today, because they have marriage equality Already. You may probably do not realize that there are countries around the world, particularly in Africa and the Middle East that does not have equal treatment for the LGBT community, in some of these countries it is even illegal to be gay.

  
In much of Africa there are some laws on the books that is illegal to be gay. Why in 2015 you think? Because of their religion, there is something to blame there and the fact that most of Africa are poor. It Plays a very big factor on why their policies are, an uneducated countries are more likely to be conservative, and more likely to follow traditions.. 

  
The most homophobic countries are Uganda, Syria and Iraq (under the Islamic state and the US ally Saudi Arabia wow. they are killing gay people just for being gay. Those people are being killed for an arbitrary reason. They are killing gay people for religious reasons. In the case of Uganda it is Christianity and that rich pastors from the United States are donating money for their political interest. 

  
There are some countries that have softer laws against gay people. Like in the Philippines, although there is no partnership protections and no nationwide anti discrimination laws. At least in this country gay people are not being jailed. And that the people of the country are more accepting or at least tolerating of homosexuality. It is particularly evident in their films and their TV shows, where in there is at least one gay person on their Media. 

  
Lastly, Homosexuality is not a crime and not a sin, it is an arbitrary reason that can not be changed. The fight is not over for activist and advocates, even in the United States (land of the free) there is no law that protects you’re freedom to fully express the self. So, keep on fighting guys.

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Iraq war created more enemies 

By Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
     As we all know America has been in combat in Iraq for almost 12 years, killed millions and cost billions Which they have created ISIS. Yes, When you killed people you obviously creates people that are otherwise neutral on America to become jihadist. 

   The Iraq War first contention was that then president Saddam Hossain was responsible in attacks on 9/11. Wasn’t the case, why will Saddam do a crime he would be blame, that was not true. The second idea was Saddam owned nuclear weapons they will used it against America, Not true ether. Third Argument was that they have was that Saddam is a bad dictator, this is partly true. It’s non of America’s business to go to Iraq and take over. 

    America just created more problems, when the “leave” in 2009 they left created more problems, Iraq is depressing, the buildings are destroyed, and lives are lost. The only way that the people in Iraq could deal with the pain is to fight and they did. ISIS is a group gaining traction in the Iraq and Syria in early 2013, that is more brutal in Alquida. America panic, they decided to bring back the troops, which I think it patheti

   America is a greedy county who only think of there selves. Because Iraq has oil, they want that oil even if they do things that are bad, they will do things. They always scream about Jesus, while Jesus is about peace and pacifism. they are doing the opposite.

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