July 31, 2013

I commented to someone yesterday that I was bored and annoyed by the whole Reza Aslan controversy, so I hadn’t bothered to write about it. So in light of that disinterest, let me go ahead and add my two cents to the fray:

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Think the Pope said something great about gays? Think again.

July 29, 2013
Pope Francis

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that in an interview Pope Francis said: “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? … You can’t marginalize these people.” This story has spread across the internet as if the Pope has said something ground-breaking about the Catholic Church’s stance on […]

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A simple choice

July 19, 2013
Black or White?

Which of these men would you rather encounter in an alley late at night … and why?

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Trayvon Martin and the American “justice” system

July 16, 2013
The iceberg that sank the Titanic

The Trayvon Martin case highlighted some significant issue in the American legal system. But this wasn’t simply an isolated incident of a random miscarriage of justice. From The Sentencing Project: More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their thirties, 1 in every 10 is […]

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Questions in light of the Zimmerman verdict

July 14, 2013
Trayvon Martin

Some thoughts and questions in light of the George Zimmerman verdict: The American judicial system is our judicial system. If we want it to change, it’s up to us to change it. Are we willing to do so? Despite the apparent miscarriage of justice in this case, do we really want to conduct trials in […]

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Mos Def gets force-fed for Guantanamo

July 10, 2013

Actor and musician Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, recently released a video in which he undergoes the force-feeding procedure that hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are being subjected to. You can read a first-hand account here, or watch the video yourself: Bey has been applauded for drawing attention to the plight of the prisoners as […]

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June 5, 2013

It’s summer and I’m taking a bit of a hiatus from the blog. I’ll be back in a few weeks with some very big announcements! Till then …

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I’m a feminist because

May 29, 2013

I’m a feminist because Women are created in the image of God and have inherent value. They deserve the same opportunities, respect, rights and freedoms that men enjoy. Persistent and pernicious patriarchal oppression permeates virtually every facet of society. Men have been running the show for the thousands of years and have screwed things up […]

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Memorial Day 2013

May 26, 2013

Dulce Et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; […]

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I am Zebraman

May 22, 2013

The 17-minute 1986 documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot records fans waiting for the start of a Judas Priest concert. Amid the myriad of colorful characters partying in the parking lot before the concert, one person stands out from even that motley crew, loudly proclaiming his love of metal music and his vitriolic disdain for punk […]

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