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What would you like to see the United States do about ISIS?

Air strikes are a start, but let’s put boots on the ground.
Look for less confrontational ways to address the situation, like economic sanctions and a multilateral peacekeeping effort.
They’re a pissed off byproduct of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Maybe it’s time to stop creating more terrorists.
Let’s begin by helping the refugees that fled from their violence.

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The following article was posted on July 30th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 29, Issue 1 [ Submit a Story ]
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Good Goddess!

By L. Paul Carpenter - Arroyo Grande

Heidi Flanagan wants to “draw a line in the sand” and fight for legislative prayer. (“It’s time to fight,” July 17.) She says this isn’t just for “Christianity per se.” Great! Then I can inform the City Council about my Earth Goddess Geo-Gaia and how ticked off she is at humans for climate pollution. It’s good to know the legal fees will be covered pro bono (and pro-life) by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was so successful in running the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case.

Of course, you might say praying to a Supreme Being before a legislative meeting is just passing the buck. Many believe that “acts of God” like hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and town-killing tornados are powered by human-caused climate change. If so, prayer is no substitute for legislative action such as a carbon tax. teaches us that climate disasters are just a warning to obey the natural laws of Earth science and cut carbon pollution.