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Analysis: A look at every top 25 team in college football poll

Analysis: A look at every top 25 team in college football poll | traits and culture | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Sports examines each team voted in the preseason college football poll.

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I chose this one because my partner is a big fan of football. This relates to culture traits because it is a national sport.

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Bob DeMarco's curator insight, August 1, 2013 4:41 PM

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Military ethics and the "Marine A” case - The Commentator

Military ethics and the "Marine A” case - The Commentator | traits and culture | Scoop.it

As polls show public support for leniency, it's possible to argue that the Marine A case shows there are more positives than negatives about our military ethics.

shadow was cast over Armistice Day this year by the case of “Marine A”, the now infamous Royal Marine, whose name cannot be released for legal reasons, who was convicted of murder for the shooting dead of a wounded captive suspected of being an “insurgent” (the ‘politically correct’ word for an Islamic militant) in Afghanistan.

Amidst all the light and heat created from the press commentary on the subject, one fundamental consideration has not been made; what would we be saying if we turned the tables, and were talking about an insurgent shooting dead a Royal Marine in cold blood?

Much moral theory has been advanced from the simple and easy to imagine thought experiment of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. From Confucius, to Jesus, to Kant, to Rawls, philosophers have utilised the attempt to try and envisage someone else’s state of affairs as an effective means for discussing ethical issues.

In the issue at hand, the Royal Marine convicted of murder did wrong, no doubt; but even by his immediate afterthought for the Geneva Convention, ‘Marine A’ showed a respect for international law, even if only because it was violated by his own hand.

The question to ask in this context, then, is, would an Afghan insurgent, acting against the interests of the Afghan people and the international community, have considered the Geneva Convention if they shot dead a NATO soldier? Would an insurgent take note of a universally held norm during a situation of war, like this?

It is this kind of inversion that destroys all examples of moral equivalence between British soldiers and the insurgents they oppose. We hear bleating that “Oh, they wouldn’t be killing our soldiers so cruelly and coldly if we hadn’t dropped bombs on Afghanistan and invaded in the first place”, and other such reductionisms and fallacies.

In truth, even when an atrocity from a NATO soldier like this does occur, there is an open discussion by politicians, the military and the press about the seriousness of it, and the impending punishment. And, the bottom line is that there will be a punishment of Marine A. How many insurgents are punished for the same offence by their superiors?

Crude as ‘Marine A’s epitaphic phrasing was about mortal coils (and other more expletive laden phrasing), the accompanying comment of “It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us” rings pragmatically true.

In fact, this one heinous slip of protocol at the hands of a Royal Marine is small fry compared to many of the actions committed by Taliban insurgents, Al-Qaeda operatives and members of other such Islamist factions to soldiers, journalists and others, in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

I am not condoning the actions of Marine A; far from it. I think it does a lot to undermine the efforts Britain makes to aid in stabilising a democratic Afghanistan.

However, these exceptions to the norm shouldn’t be stretched across the actions of the entire British and American military effort, which many pacifists (masochists) on the Left often look for excuses to do. The fact is, no matter how far the stereotypical view of the macho, dumb squaddie carries the day, soldiers fighting in Afghanistan uphold scruples and standards from both a moral compass and the view of international law. Whatever you think of such conflicts, you have to concede that much.

Marine A expressed regret for his actions, putting it down to a “lack of control” and “poor judgment”. He faces sentencing for his conviction. When courts organised by the Afghan ‘insurgency’ start reciprocating this kind of protocol, in accord with internationally recognised standards, that’ll be progress of a kind.

(NB: A poll published by the Telegraph suggests 47 percent of the public do not think Marine A should get a full life sentence as a opposed to 35 percent who do.)

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I chose this one because my partner wants to go into the military. This relates because most cultures have a military to help keep their country safe.

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Homosexuality and Christianity: Does God bless same-sex marriage?

Homosexuality and Christianity: Does God bless same-sex marriage? | traits and culture | Scoop.it
Support and community for LGBT Christians and their friends and family members, plus conferences, podcasts, chats, videos, Bible study, and more!

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I chose this one because my partner is a Christian and believes in homosexuality. This relates because a lot of Christians don't believe that homosexuality is right and that its not what God likes.

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Mataya Cary's curator insight, February 24, 2014 2:45 PM

-As many of you know, I'm fairly conservative in my theological views. I believe that the Bible is morally authoritative, that sex is for marriage, and that promiscuity is harmful to everyone involved. For many years of my life, I also believed that all homosexual behavior was wrong

Jazmine Jackson's curator insight, March 22, 2014 2:20 AM

yes god made a woman and man, but no ones sin is smaller or bigger than another sin is sin 

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Gay rights is getting caught up in the geopolitics of eastern Europe

Gay rights is getting caught up in the geopolitics of eastern Europe | traits and culture | Scoop.it
Gay rights may seem to be primarily an issue touching on culture and justice. But in eastern Europe, laws banning gay activities are part of the political tug-of-war between the EU and Russia.

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I chose this because my partner is a major supporter of the rights of all people. This relates because it is a big issue throughout the world and my partner believes that these people should be able to get married.

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Bill Maher takes on Tim Tebow and feels the wrath – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Bill Maher takes on Tim Tebow and feels the wrath – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs | traits and culture | Scoop.it
 On Christmas Eve the Denver Broncos were getting destroyed by Detroit Lions on the football field and comedian, liberal commentator, and religious provocateur Bill Maher couldn't help but tweet...
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I chose this because my partner loves everything about football. This relates to culture traits because lots of people love this sport and enjoy it and it is the most watched.

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