Tag Archive for mental illness

Gun Ownership, Mass Murder and Mental Illness

It didn’t take but minutes for extremists on both sides of the issue to come worming out of the woodwork within minutes of the news breaking about the mass murders in Newtown, Connecticut last year. As we all should know by now, extremism of any kind rarely, if ever, results in any solutions being presented. The…

Living With Mental Illness: Depression

Depression is probably one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. In scope, this is because its effects and the number of people who suffer from it. The reasons why it is misunderstood, though, surround the perception that many individuals have or make regarding human behavior. We make judgments on what we see people doing, hear…

The Goodness Of God – A Perplexing Paradox

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. – Steven Weinberg If something is good simply because a god has commanded it, then anything that a god commands could be considered good. Of course,…

Reparative Therapy: A Cure for a Nonexistent Disease

There’s been an increase in news reports concerning reparative therapy for  homosexuals, even such heinous methods as exorcisms being performed to “loose the gay demon” from the alleged victim.   The goal, of course, is to “cure” the individual of homosexuality.  Reparative therapies are even touted sometimes as medical science and there are several organizations that…

When Faith Kills Children

OREGON CITY, Ore. – A judge sentenced Jeffrey and Marci Beagley each should serve 16 months in prison. They were convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the 2008 death of their 16-year-old son Niel.  He died of complications from a congenital urinary tract blockage, a condition that is normally treated very easily.  He died because…

Why Don’t You Just BELIEVE?

Today’s headline is, by far, the most common reaction I get from people who discover that I am not a religious man, which is an understatement.   These words are uttered in a gamut of emotion from surprise to anger, depending on how long the person knows me.  No matter, what emotion is tied to their…