Religion can be a source of conflict. America's secular form of government allows all faiths to be practiced. Secular institutions evolved to allow people with different faiths to co-exist despite their differences.
The true, the good and the beautiful are assailed by a culture that amplifies the outrageous and ridiculous. It often seems like everyone is talking trash. But that's only because rudeness and vulgarity grab our attention.
The fact that we continue to talk about Randa Jarrar and her tweets is a sign of a vibrant public sphere, ethics columnist Andrew Fiala says. Discord and dissent are democratic. This cacophony is what freedom sounds like. In other parts of the world, there is silence.
It is obvious that we ought to care for our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got. But environmental issues are often a met with an indifferent shrug. This moment, this Earth, is a gift, a privilege and a responsibility.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans do believe that hell exists as a place of eternal punishment, according to the Pew Center on Religion. And now the existence of hell has been called into question by no less an expert than Pope Francis.
Bee ethics columnist Andrew Fiala says Americans distrust their government, the press and institutions key to our form of government. As a result, he argues that the American democracy is slowly dying.
It is reasonable to fear artificial intelligence. Dystopian films such as “Terminator” and “The Matrix” show what could happen if AI turns against us. Less drastic anxieties concern self-driving cars making life-and-death decisions on the roads.