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American Soldiers Gunning Down Two Reuters Reporters and Numerous Unarmed Iraqis: The Bradley Manning Video

I frankly thought more than twice about posting the following video. It includes American soldiers gunning down two Reuters reporters, a number of unarmed Iraqis, and shooting into a vehicle containing children. The actions are barbaric, obviously war crimes, and are worthy … Continue reading

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Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun (16 April 1755 – 30 March 1842): Three Self Portraits

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun was the most famous female painter of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In her portraitures she shows herself to be no retiring violet, but returns the Western male gaze in a wonderfully assertive fashion. Here she … Continue reading

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How Does Philosopher AC Grayling Ground Atheist Morality?

I thought this was an excellent answer. It came from a recent interview at The Freethinker: It is actually very easy to identify and to act upon the moral baselines. Moral baselines derive from our understanding of what it is … Continue reading

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Anti-Gay Stridency: A Dark Spirit Settles over American Conservatism

The far right’s gay baiting is getting more strident: I find the above image and the video below enormously troubling. There is a shamelessness to these two conservatives’ bigotry that almost takes your breath away. If fascism ever comes to … Continue reading

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John Yoo: A War Criminal Who Materially Assisted Torturers is Interrupted by a Guy Named Larry, a Graduate Student at Johns Hopkins University

Larry and his friend stand up to a Bush torture enabler. They are true American patriots.

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We interrupt this basketball game for a bit of gay activism

Go team! And the rationale according to the person who posted the YouTube video: In light of the recent decision by the John Carroll University administration to not specifically include the protection of Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexuals, Transgendered, and Questioning students … Continue reading

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What It’s Like to Be Gay in Uganda

The man with a bag over his head in the video below is from Uganda. He is seeking asylum in the United States, but because his asylum petition could fail he dares not show his face in public. Why? Because … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Here’s an image of Eleanor Roosevelt, 60 years ago (in 1949), holding up a broadsheet containing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations on December 10th, 1948. I think that … Continue reading

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A Gay Marriage Proposal in City Council Chambers!

A man asks another man to marry him during a city council hearing!: My response:

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Why Fight for Gay Rights?

Because love is worth it. A moving affirmation of human freedom and autonomy by Lt. Dan Choi: We have a Democratic president. We have a Democratic House of Representatives. We have a Democratic Senate. Why the stalling? When will “don’t … Continue reading

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Barack Obama Wins the Nobel Prize!

This today in Der Spiegel: “Only rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said in a statement. “His diplomacy is founded in … Continue reading

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Did the Irish Just Lose Their Right to Free Speech with Regard to Criticism of Religion?

It appears so. Ireland now has an unambiguous and explicit blasphemy law, passed on Friday, and its language is chilling. Staks Rosch has all the details here. Below are the Blasphemy Clauses of the Defamation Bill. Let me emphasize again … Continue reading

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After the Stolen Election: Peaceful Marchers in Iran

And flashing peace signs high into the sky:

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The Cairo Speech: Brotherhood, Reinhold Niebuhr, and President Barack Obama

In 1943, Reinhold Niebuhr wrote: “There are no limits to be set in history for the achievement of more universal brotherhood, for the development of more perfect and more inclusive mutual relations. All the characteristic hopes and aspirations of Renaissance … Continue reading

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John Ashcroft: A Christian Complicit in Torture

Beliefnet today discusses John Ashcroft’s role in Bush era torture. Ashcroft, an evangelical, and George Bush’s first attorney general, was one of those who would have had to approve the key torture memos: Many of the key memos justifying torture … Continue reading

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Outrageous: Religious Fundamentalists Murder Six Gay People in Baghdad

Very depressing. A Reuters report from Baghdad today: Two gay men were killed in Baghdad’s Sadr City slum, a local official said on Saturday, and police said they had found the bodies of four more after clerics urged a crackdown … Continue reading

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Set in Motion Typography

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A Supporter of Gay Marriage—and an Opponent of Gay Marriage—Write a Joint Piece in the NY Times Proposing a Federal Compromise on the Issue

This just might work. It seems sensible to me. Money quote: It would work like this: Congress would bestow the status of federal civil unions on same-sex marriages and civil unions granted at the state level, thereby conferring upon them … Continue reading

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Johann Hari of the London Independent Exercises His Freedom of Speech with Regard to Religion, and It Results in Hysterical Protests, Intimidation, and Arrests in India

Once again, Islamic fundamentalists are trying to physically intimidate a writer, and his publishers, for exercising freedom of speech. Read Johann Hari’s original essay here, and the outbreak of protests, threats of violence, and actual arrests that resulted, here.

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Andrew Sullivan on Bush’s Torture Regime—and the Judgment of History

Andrew Sullivan wants a full process of discovery with regard to George Bush’s detainee torture policies, and offers a summary of some of what we already do know: [A]s the era of the dark side recedes a little, my sense … Continue reading

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