September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an unholy day on which people celebrate the legal right to defy religious leaders’ attempts to restrict speech and artistic expression. I’m tempted to design a set of bedsheets carrying the images of Ganesh, Mohammed, and Jesus to mark the occasion. [...]
Independent Political Report brings to our attention the interesting political agenda of a small political party calling itself the Prohibition Party. Though it’s named the Prohibition Party, and it’s anti-pornography, the party doesn’t seek to prohibit pornography.
The Prohibition Party explains. “Believing that we, as humans, are created in the image and likeness of [...]
Art may sometimes oppose prejudice, but it can just as easily be used to support prejudice. [...]
Of the 411 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to express outrage about violence against children in Nigeria, 389 have not signed their names to legislation to stop violence against children by public schools in the United States. [...]
When Coca Cola thinks of soccer, this is the image it has in mind:
A person walks into Coca Cola’s marketing building – the Casa Coca Cola – behind the new Maracana stadium in Brazil, sits on a bench and has a weird box harnessed over their heads. The box, a virtual reality console, beams [...]
Two years ago, I looked at school homicide statistics. Those statistics revealed that despite media hyping of school shootings as some kind of “epidemic,” school shootings were actually both rare and on the decline. What’s more, those same statistics showed, the vast majority of shootings through 2010 occurred outside of schools, not inside them.
Today, a coalition led by the Ex-Muslims of North America is organizing a day of protest against what it calls Twitter Theocracy.
Instead of standing up for free speech, Twitter has agreed to censor user accounts that the government of Pakistan regards as blasphemous. Twitter has issued statements that it’s preferable to comply with theocratic [...]