The letter of the day
at the Savage Love blog tells a story of cruel abandonment, and provokes an outpouring of love in response.
Recent troubles with Muslim women's clothes
have lead to the Quebec Government to begin proposing legislation on the issue of face covering and access to public services
. The niqab has become a central symbol in the anti-muslim rhetoric of nationalist parties in Europe (political poster examples: France
, and Britain
) about the threat Islam poses to tolerant secular societies. [more inside]
A 15-year-old in London is being prosecuted
for holding a sign
calling Scientology a "cult", during a peaceful demonstration (0:55-1:40)
. The teenager refused to back down, quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a "cult" ... The City of London police came under fire two years ago when it emerged that more than 20 officers, ranging from constable to chief superintendent, had accepted gifts worth thousands of pounds from the Church of Scientology. The City of London Chief Superintendent, Kevin Hurley, praised Scientology for "raising the spiritual wealth of society" during the opening of its headquarters in 2006. Last year a video praising Scientology emerged featuring Ken Stewart, another of the City of London's chief superintendents via
From Hunter to Hunted
"In his quest to free slaves
around the world, Aaron Cohen
thought he’d seen it all. Then he went to Myanmar."
Wangari Maathai discusses saving the environment in Nigeria
and how religion influenced its destruction and subesquent efforts at saving it. A beautiful portrait of a beautiful determined woman doing her part to help save the planet.
Pants Are Evil --
at least for the ladies; so says the King of Swaziland
. The absolute monarch of this small African nation says the Bible prohibits women from wearing pants, and also that individual human rights are an "abomination." Before you laugh in disbelief (like I did), learn more on Swazi political and religious beliefs inside... (via kottke
Compassionate Conservatives are Hate Males
It has been a strange day today. I got a letter in the mail from a nearby church asking me to change my religion because said religion was supporting homosexuals. You know what, I'm thinking of going to their service on Sunday and letting them know what I think of their Hate mail they sent me. Deeply offensive.
Then I find out that a Shrub (George W. Bush) does not support seperation of Church and State. And infact wants to have state 'sponsored' 'official' religions!
Personally I am getting a little sick and tired of intollerance. Furthermore, I am gettign sick of Gerorge W. Bush. The man makes my skin crawl. Please, someone offer me a job outside of Texas...