Latest Blog Post:No checks, no balances
Don’t worry, we have checks and balances.
Except that we don’t.
We have them provided various conditions apply…but otherwise, we don’t. So they’re not really checks and balances in the sense we’ve always understood, are they.
Brian Beutler at The New Republic points out this obvious problem.
Donald Trump’s Thursday press conference was so meandering and deranged that it brought the basic ebb and flow of all politics to a halt, as power brokers across Washington, including Republicans on Capitol Hill, stopped what they were doing to watch along in amazement.
Amazement at what? It’s been obvious all along how mindless and malevolent he is, hasn’t it? So amazement at what? I guess the fact that no one … Read the rest
By Anonymous, February 2, 2017 Take the urge to make punching Nazis a categorical, universal good, for reasons undefined, and couple it with the ability to be equivocal about who is and is not a Nazi, or fascist, or sympathizer, and you basically have a recipe for “punch whoever the fuck I want”. Consider the use of that rubric in the hands of folks who are hungry for violence, or fantasy, or power, or who are just too damn confused about what they want in order to defy groupthink.
By Leo Igwe, January 15, 2017 The Sultan of Sokoto should stop using the name of Allah to sanction gender inequity and injustice. He should desist from employing the idiom of Allah to legitimize his misogynistic viewpoints and then use such oppressive Islamic formation to undermine a bill that would empower women, and guarantee liberty and justice for all.
By R. Joseph Hoffmann, November 21, 2016 In a time when critical thinking was never more talked about and less practiced, sensations like this make the careful separation of fact and fiction that much more difficult for those of us who prefer fact.
By R. Joseph Hoffmann, November 14, 2016 From blues to the electric lightbulb, from passenger jets to the moon, this is where America used to be great. None of this greatness had anything to do with a national social agenda, religiously driven righteousness, or its private culture wars.
By Leo Igwe, October 31, 2016 After watching a BBC report on witchcraft-related abuse of children by Christian churches in Africa, the scales of transcendental illusion fell from her eyes.
By Leo Igwe, September 6, 2016 Vulnerable members of the African migrant communities in the UK, particularly children, are at risk of being tortured and murdered by relatives who accuse them of witchcraft.
By Leo Igwe, August 11, 2016 By subsidizing the pilgrimages of Christians and Muslims, the state has invariably adopted Islam and Christianity as state religions.
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India: prominent scholar murdered
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IS beheads antiquities scholar in Palmyra
Khaled Asaad, 82-year-old scholar who worked for over 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra, was executed by IS on Tuesday.… Read the rest
Bangladesh: atheist blogger hacked to death
Niloy Neel was hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes in Dhaka.… Read the rest
This collective sense of honour and shame has for centuries confined our movement and freedom of choice, and restricted our autonomy.… Read the rest
Alabama senator says slavery was good for black people
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