Blood Diamonds for Christmas

Last night, Stephen Colbert took a look The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. "Its the perfect place to find a gift for person that has everything except taste," said Colbert.Colbert used this opportunity to not only remind us of the some of the idiotic excesses of extreme wealth, but also to remind us of some of the horrors that take place as part of the pursuit of extravagant luxury.I wonder if Neiman Marcus has a good Black Friday sale? … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurs and Society: Ethics and Responsibility (Video)

In the following one minute video, Dutch economist and philosopher Ingrid Robeyns shares some brief thoughts on the intersection of entrepreneurship and society.Noting that entrepreneurs are important to society, Robeyns has two tips for entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs:1. If you choose to start a business, address an issue that is an important challenge facing society over the next decade.2. If you are successful, use that opportunity to give something back to … [Read more...]

Support Oxfam and Approaching Justice With a Free Trial of Amazon Prime!

Support Approaching Justice and Oxfam America by signing up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime.Amazon Prime includes FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, free access to Amazon Instant Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.Approaching Justice will donate 50% of the earning received from Amazon to Oxfam America.Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. We save … [Read more...]

A Muslim comment on “Are Mormons Christians” (A Guest Post from Rashid Patch)

The following is a quest contribution to “Are Mormons Christian?” An Interfaith Round TableAs a Muslim, I am supposed to follow the Qur'anic injunction, that when speaking to Ahl al-Kitab - the Family of the Book ("people of the book" is really not a good translation; "Ahl" means, primarily, "family"), I should try to discuss the things we hold in common, and not the things we hold in dispute. Qur'an also assures us that people will argue about the nature of Jesus (peace be upon him) until th … [Read more...]

As Is (A Guest Post by Anonymous)

I am an intensely private person.Most people who know me would probably disagree with that, but that is only because they don’t know what they don’t know. I am the embodiment of the onion that Shrek speaks of; there are layers and layers hidden behind the brick walls I have erected to keep others at bay.I don’t like to self-identify because honestly I just really don’t feel like it is anyone’s business but my own. If I am pushed hard though, I identify myself as queer. It is the only l … [Read more...]

A Real Struggle for Religious Freedom

In God's Double Agent, Bob Fu tells us a story about religious and political oppression that Americans can hardly imagine. It is his story.Here, Fu briefly introduces himself and his story:We often throw around terms like oppression and tyranny, like we have a clue as to what they mean.For that reason alone, I would encourage everyone to read the story of Bob Fu, and his wife Heidi. It is a well-written tale and one that will get you thinking about what it is that you would do … [Read more...]

“When Matthew Shepard was murdered I hated homosexuals.” (Guest Post)

The following quest post is from Andrew Hamilton. This is part of Queer Pioneer Week here at Approaching Justice.When Matthew Shepard was murdered I hated homosexuals. I hated homosexuals because I had been taught to hate them. Don’t misunderstand, my parents never specifically taught me to hate gay people; they never would have done such a thing. When I was growing up I do not remember hearing anyone at Church specifically tell me to hate gays or lesbians. Never the less, I hated h … [Read more...]