In 2009, Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati introduced an Anti-Homosexuality Bill that carried the death penalty for “serial offenders” of the “offense of homosexuality.” Under intense international pressure including threats to withhold foreign development aid, the bill was defeated in May 2011. The defeat was widely perceived as a case study of power politics in the [...]
In reading Sasha Brookner’s essay, “Muhammad’s Mistresses,” I was initially furious with Brookner’s outlined attack against Muslim feminists. But upon reading further my anger was exchanged for a mere, “oh.” Brookner’s essay unfolds in a controversial manner but in reality espouses or rather mimics the deeply familiar “western,” offensively liberal, patriarchal nature that she intends to deflect.
Article first published as Education Under Fire on Blogcritics. Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to education…Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit…It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all [...]
The following is a link to a beautiful and moving video in which U.S. actor Rainn Wilson, himself a member of the Baha’i Faith, talks about the persecution of Baha’i students in Iran and the recent attack there upon the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education. His point is that an attack on the Baha’i's right [...]
The hearings Representative Peter King recently held on the supposed “radicalization” of American Muslims are widely considered to be the most counterproductive in recent history. They single out the American Muslim community and misuse one of the highest offices in the land to bolster Islamophobia — or at the very least inaccurate generalizations about Islam [...]