Remember Bobby Franklin, the Georgia legislator who wants to criminalize miscarriage and re-name all rape victims “accusers”? Turns out he really is a Christian extremist. Franklin belongs to the Chalcedon Presbyterian Church, which openly affiliates itself with Christian Reconstructionism. This Protestant movement, like its theological cousin, Dominionism, envisions the United States as a Christian theocracy … More Bobby Franklin, Christian Extremist
Last night I had dinner with a lovely Iranian woman whose family is still living in Tehran. She is planning to go back in a few weeks to visit her parents. I will worry about her when she goes. This morning I came across this video, posted Feb 26, 2011, and Josh Shahryar’s remarkable comment about … More On #Iran and the brave Iranian protesters
One of my wonderful, beautiful, fascinating, and awesome readers attends high school in Pittsburgh. This weekend, she and some of her classmates are getting together at a local community center to work on pro-choice tee-shirts and to protest the Pence Amendment. They are not alone! All across America feminists–women and girls and men and boys–who … More Feminists United #Walk4Choice
John Cook’s report on the priorities of the fashion world is priceless and worth reblogging in full: Did you know that today is a “Day of Rage” across the Muslim world, where bone-weary citizens are finally taking to the streets against their corrupt dictators? Seems like as good a time as any for Vogue to publish … More Why not to subscribe to Vogue
The media misrepresents the Tea Party as a libertarian movement solely interested in economic issues, but actions speak louder than words. By introducing legislation to police women’s uteruses and eliminate all funding for family planning, HIV screenings, and sex education, newly elected Tea-Partiers demonstrate that their primary aims coincide with those of the Christian right. … More Christian extremists behind the Tea Party
For those of you who want to understand Yemen–and I don’t know why you wouldn’t–please see this clarifying article:
I reproduce this statement from the Sistersong website to affirm my solidarity with Black Women’s Choice Statement of Solidarity with African American Women We who trust women stand in solidarity with and support of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, SisterLove, Planned Parenthood of Georgia, and Feminist Women’s Health Center … More I Trust African American Women to Govern their own Reproductive Health
YouTube – GOP Attacks Women : Weiner Responds. Here Congressman Weiner responds brilliantly to the GOP attempt to EXPAND the Hyde Amendment. I think I’m in love.
It’s true: on Tuesday, Glenn Beck compared politically-progressive Reform Judaism to radical Islam, while taking potshots at a letter signed by 400 rabbis from Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist denominations calling for his ouster from Fox News. And on Wednesday, Beck led his radio program with a lengthy (and oddly self-congratulatory) apology for the comparison, … More Glenn Beck Compares Reform Judaism to “Radical Islam” | Religion Dispatches
One day while carrying out some business, the Mullah Nasruddin was asked to show his identification. He directly pulled out a mirror from his pocket and soberly studied his reflection for a long time. At length he exclaimed, “Yes, that is me!” I have to say that meeting this challenge is the by far the … More Bikram Day 96: WTF?
Though you have done nothing shameful, they will want you to be ashamed. They will want you to kneel and weep and say you should have been like them. And once you say you are ashamed, reading the page they hold out to you, then such light as you have made in your history will … More I had two abortions and I am not ashamed
Christian extremists have not quite taken hold of the country, but they pose an emergent, lethal threat to women, men, and children in the United States of America. They do not constitute the majority of Americans, who largely trust women to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. Nevertheless, a vocal and fiercely religious … More Current anti-woman legislation and the rise of Christian extremism
I am currently reading Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal trans. Ramsay Wood (London: Alfred A Knopf, 2008). This is a western translation of a very ancient classic, which dates back to a Pali version, c. 250 BCE, known as Jakarta Tales or “Former Lives of the Buddha”. It is thought to be … More What I am Reading
Today I will complete my 93rd class in 93 consecutive days–only 7 to go to meet the challenge. Actually, I have 8 to go, since the custom at our studio is to attend a class on the next day. People have been congratulating me already and commenting on what a great accomplishment it is. … More Libya: Bikram Day 93
Some things that the brave protestors in the Arab and Persian worlds have taught us: 1. Non-violence is the most effective weapon against violence. As Gene Sharp notes in “From Dictatorship to Democracy” Since 1980 dictatorships have collapsed before the predominantly nonviolent defiance of people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Slovenia, … More Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East