Daily Clips: June 17th, 2016

David Brooks gets it right on discussing Islam: Every once and awhile Brooks gets it right. This is one of those occasions. I’d highly recommend this read. The best quote from the column came from the American journalist, Peter Bergen, who claims:

Assertions that Islamist terrorism has nothing to do with Islam are as nonsensical as claims that the Crusades had nothing to do with Christian beliefs about the sanctity of Jerusalem.

Gun violence is a national crisis: According to the New York Times, “from 2001 to 2010, 119,246 Americans were murdered with guns, 18 times all American combat deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Imprisoning women for having abortions: Is this actually true? Yep – you bet. “In a growing number of states, the criminalization of abortion is well under way.” The article goes onto provide “a handful of the many pending cases that criminalize women for a procedure that, in theory at least, was legalized by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.”

Evolution of social and cultural norms making society more tolerant and safer: Follow the trendlines, not the headlines.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.