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There was that panel Saturday morning.
One question Greta gave us was “does affirmative action work?”
I don’t think I started by saying it depends what we mean by “work” but I think I did indicate that that’s what I meant. Maybe I started with “Yes in the sense that” and went on from there. I think it does work in the (familiar) sense that if you always see X job or vocation or career full of all or mostly men (or white people or rich people and so on) then if you are not a man (or white etc) you will conclude, without deciding to conclude it, that you’re not supposed to be there.
This thought irritates the bejesus … Read the rest
By Leo Igwe, May 4, 2013
Breaking the taboo of atheism has become a social imperative, a moral and intellectual duty with promises of peace in our troubled world, and of liberation and emancipation of people in black communities from the shackles of ignorance, dogmas, superstitions, intellectual hostage, mental slavery, irrational fears and blind faith.
By Leo Igwe, May 3, 2013
Our country Nigeria needs a freethinking and skeptical climate to generate the ideas we need to tackle the problems we face.
By Marie-Thérèse O'Loughlin, April 8, 2013
I now refuse to let go of that loveless; pitiless; isolated; godforsaken miserable past, because of having hidden away from it for so long
By Gilbert Alabi Diche, April 5, 2013
The lives of
most Nigerians, outside their homes and workplace, revolve around the
frequent visits to the church, the mosque, the ancestors’ shrine, or the
local diviner. We revel in our characterization as one of the most
religious countries in the world. Each year, largely at government expense,
our citizens spend vastly more money in Israel, the Vatican and Saudi
Arabia than the citizens of those nations spend in our own country.
By Jahanshah Rashidian, March 12, 2013
While March 8th was historically a secular symbol against the dominance of Catholic Church in the West, it is now rather a worldwide struggle against the misogyny of Islamic regimes and traditions, and the influence of Islamic Mosques all over the world where Muslims live.
By Marie-Thérèse O'Loughlin, March 9, 2013
There was one particular scrawny pigeon who, instead of vying for the nuts and the like that were strewn on the ground, had decided to constantly chase the other birds away, so that they wouldn’t get all the rich pickings.
By Lauryn Oates, February 20, 2013
Let the Church remain frozen in time. Let it implode on itself. Let the clique of ancient robed men sequestered in The Vatican stay that way, increasingly isolated from the greater world around them, until they disappear altogether.
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill on Tuesday. The law would take effect August 1.… Read the rest
Vaccination rates are plummeting in Sydney
Measles swept through south-western Sydney last year, with 172 young children falling ill. It was the worst outbreak in a decade.… Read the rest
Saudi Arabia launches first anti-domestic violence ad
Thank the king for tiny tiny tiny favors.… Read the rest
Dr. Avijit Roy on the dire situation for free expression in Bangladesh
If the bloggers are kept against their will, Bangladesh will be well on its way to being a fundamentalist autocracy.… Read the rest
The bible says slavery is ok and the Southern slave plantations were fabulous for the slaves says State Senator Charles Davidson.… Read the rest
Saudi cleric tells women to wear one-eye niqab
Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan said showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye make-up to look seductive.… Read the rest
Tarek Fatah on death threats over free speech
The celebrated and controversial Canadian author Irshad Manji received the first “Mansoor Hallaj Freedom of Speech Award” by the Muslim Canadian Congress.… Read the rest
The victimization of moderate Muslims
There has been a concerted campaign by many Muslims to remove Usama Hasan from his post as Imam of Masjid al-Tawhid in Leyton because he is too liberal.… Read the rest