President Bush is in Romania (where I was born) for a meeting with NATO allies, and he is calling for NATO expansion. More specifically – he is trying to convince the other allies that Georgia and Ukraine should be allowed to join. There is opposition both inside and outside. The most vocal opponent – not surprisingly – is Russia. Other countries (e.g. Germany) also seem to be against this expansion – for “the sake of balance.”
In my opinion – Bush is right. The Cold War is over – and the expansion is not a threat to Russia. At least – it is not an offensive threat. The only “threat” is defensive. What do I mean by that?
Wow – sometimes I almost feel like I am back in communist Romania. At least that is how I felt when I read that the Texas Board of Education approved an elective Bible course for High School (see the link below). Is this supposed to me a major breakthrough?
When I grew up in Romania you were barely allowed to teach the Bible in Churces. After the fall of communism – it became an elective in most schools (as far as I know). I guess that Texas now follows in the same direction.
Frankly – I do not see why some have any objection to the teaching of this course. After all – the course is clearly elective. If you do not want to take it – you can go to the gym!
Then again – in a country where “the separation between church and state” is used in many cases to limit religion to one’s private bedroom (as if religion is not an integral part of one’s whole life), perhaps this is a breakthrough. The Bible is back in (s0me) schools. Of course – only if you want to study it. And that is the way it should be.