Those seeking to lay their heavy burden down at St. Paul’s are required to pay an entry fee of 18 pounds first.
Alright, so that’s a bit of a quote out of context. What Rep. Steve King of Iowa really wrote this month was in response to citizenship as a birthright in the United States. If you’re born in the United States, you’re a citizen, and it’s
Bobby Jindal is preparing to begin a campaign for the Republican presidential election in 2016. In order to win that nomination, Jindal knows that he has to gain attention by whipping up as much righteous fury from the GOP’s fundamentalist Christian base as he can.
Signs reading “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” have sprung up in demonstrations offline and online around the world in the wake of a shooting in which two brothers shot and killed 12 people working for the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The meaning
Journalists around the world are giving a great deal of attention to the killing of people working at a satirical French magazine. The attackers were Muslims angry about the magazine’s publication of blasphemous images of Mohammed, the central prophet of Islam. This attention is justified,
In Kenya, the national legislature has passed the Security Laws Amendment Bill. The law allows the government to imprison people for lengthy periods without criminal charge, and to conduct surveillance against Kenyans without any search warrant or other court approval. Among the justifications for this
In Mauritania, a journalist has been sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. The journalist, named Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, wrote an article that was critical of social inequality in Mauritania, and included a criticism of some of the decisions made by Mohammed, the
The McDonald’s Corporation invites me to search for locations of its restaurants by street, town or country. Let’s search for Belgium. USA! USA! USA! USA! I must wipe off the remnants of this solitary jingoism, this isolationist melange, this je ne sais quoi. I shall
Let us speak of the power of faith. This week, in the city of Varanasi, India, two Hindu priests met on the street and got into an argument about who had the most followers. They soon started yelling at each other. Then, one of them
This last weekend saw the Gadhimai festival in southern Nepal, an annual Hindu event that involves the ritual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of animals. Many people express outrage that such an event can take place… and then go off to a chicken BBQ, or
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” This is Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document passed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.