September 6, 2012
Lest we forget — let’s not get too carried away this election season. Our problems are bigger than Republicans vs Democrats.

Lest we forget — let’s not get too carried away this election season. Our problems are bigger than Republicans vs Democrats.

July 28, 2012
"As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State “What does it matter to me?” the State may be given up for lost."

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau (via teddytutson)

July 27, 2012
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People have forgotten… “That the very bones of the United States — the constitution we claim to hold so dear — was crafted by highly educated political idealists of the Enlightenment, who firmly believed that freedom and a more just society are possible only through the actions of an enlightened and educated population of voters.

Frankly, it’s sickening, not to mention dangerous. If the haters, fearers, and political opportunists have their way, they will gut one of the greatest institutions in human history and, in the process, will cut the throat of this country, draining its lifeblood of future creativity.”

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Thank you to Angela Zito, director of Religious Studies at NYU and my academic advisor, who pointed to this post, “a great, sobering summary of the magnitude of the decline” of our nation’s relationship to academia.

And thanks to Terran Lane, (formerly) of U. New Mexico, for writing it over at Ars Experientia.

June 17, 2012
Lisa Brown, Michigan Lawmaker, To Help Perform 'Vagina Monologues'

Lisa Brown, you a BAMF!

June 14, 2012
Wouldn’t this be something…
think-progress:

A legislator is calling for a sex strike, due to the worst anti-abortion bill in the nation up for consideration in Michigan right now. 
5 reasons why Michigan’s bill is THE WORST. 

Wouldn’t this be something…

think-progress:

A legislator is calling for a sex strike, due to the worst anti-abortion bill in the nation up for consideration in Michigan right now. 

5 reasons why Michigan’s bill is THE WORST

(via twesg)

June 13, 2012
Denmark Approves Gay Weddings In Church

Guess some things ain’t so rotten in the state of Denmark anymore!

June 13, 2012
Abraham Lincoln + Vampires = History Lesson?

Earlier this week, David Brooks, in the Times, worried that we don’t build enough impressive monuments, ones that properly project the power of the leader in the manner of Jefferson’s memorial, or Lincoln’s. Brooks thought that big statues might help with what he called America’s “followership problem.” This does not, as one might guess, consist of Americans blindly going along, in awe of the shiny and the rich, without thinking for themselves; quite the opposite. Brooks argues that we don’t defer enough, that we question “just authority” much too much, and aren’t sufficiently “grateful” for the leadership of élites. This seems exactly wrong—the sort of logic that gets you looped up with vampires.

Amy Davidson, “The Vampire History Test,” for The New Yorker.

Could this movie teach Americans something about history and democracy?

June 11, 2012
Schooling Muslims in Northern Nigeria: Politics, Policies and Conclusions

New from Alex Thurston for The Revealer, June 6:

In March, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan launched a policy of opening religious schools for Muslims in Northern Nigeria. The policy came in response to the militant movement Boko Haram, which has been burning government primary schools in Northern Nigeria as part of its campaign of violence against the government, Christians, and other designated adversaries. Government officials suspect Boko Haram, whose name is often literally translated “Western education is Islamically forbidden,” of using some Islamic schools as recruiting centers, and of drawing recruits from Northern Nigeria’s large population of itinerant, and often desperately poor, Qur’anic students (Hausa: almajirai, singular almajiri). Government-run Islamic schools, then, are to be a source of “counter-radicalization” as well as a means of moving almajirai into more “productive” schools. But the policy is unlikely to succeed.

Read the full article here.

June 5, 2012

This exemplifies pretty much everything that is wrong with America. Stephen, we love you.

June 5, 2012
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Just got this quote on my article “Legislating Holy Scripture in Ohio,” posted 5/24 at The Revealer.

Thank you sir, I WILL write once again immediately.

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