Muslim Mayor Ahmed Marcouch Vs. Homophobia

He’s the mayor of a conservative (mostly Muslim) suburb of Amsterdam: Ahmed Marcouch, 41, is on a self-appointed mission to end homophobia in Slotervaart, just a stones’ throw from the capital but light-years away from its anything-goes mentality. To make his point, Mayor Marcouch recently invited Amsterdam’s annual Gay Pride parade to pass through his [Read More...]

On Equity: Plato, Aristotle, and Sotomayor

Some day down the road, I hope to sift all my thoughts on empathy and “wise Latinas judges” in light of Nietzsche’s wealth of insights into perspectival knowledge as a more virile knowledge than the emasculation that comes through objectivity.  (Genealogy of Morals III:12)  But to hold us over in the meantime, here is Joseph [Read More...]

A Muslim Woman Against the Burqa

From Feministing, worth reading in full: But then the argument goes: surely for the women who choose to wear the burqa, the garment is a choice not a tool for suppression. This argument obscures the fact that there is a pervasive, sexist propaganda in many Muslim communities in favor of the burqa. Many women are [Read More...]

Authoritarians, Not Fascists

Daniel Larison complains Obama’s critics have no sense for important distinctions in their zeal to criticize: When Orwell used the phrase “objectively fascist” during WWII to criticize pacifists, he at least had the advantage of talking about a situation in which there were actual fascists involved. Roger Simon, on the other hand, is complaining about [Read More...]

Michelle Bachmann Refuses To Cooperate With Census

And her Republican colleagues afraid that Republcian supporters will follow Bachmann and essentially help disenfranchise themselves are trying to stop her: Three House Republicans on the subcommittee overseeing the 2010 Census are asking Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to reverse her decision to boycott the national population count, fearing others will follow her lead. “Boycotting the [Read More...]

Proposition 8 Challenge Goes Federal

Ted Olson and David Boies, the lawyers for Bush and Gore respectively in Bush v. Gore are beginning a federal challenge of Proposition 8 which would put the issue on a path towards the Supreme Court.  Pam’s House Blend has an in-depth account of how this has come about and the expected road ahead. [Read more...]

Glenn Beck’s Guest Suggests bin Laden Is America’s Only Hope

“”The only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States” Why?  Because only then will we defend America “violently” enough. See, we won’t defend ourselves adequately enough unless we are attacked.  Paradoxically, if we’re not attacked, we’re not safe. [Read more...]

Joe The Plumber Won’t Run For Office

Thank God: Asked if he has plans to run for public office, he replied, “I hope not. You know, I talked to God about that and he was like, ‘No.’” “I believe he’s gotten me on this grassroots movement. If I can encourage leaders to step up, that’s what I would like to do. That’s [Read More...]

Parents Of Daughters Favor More Liberal Policies

Via 538 Warner (1991) and Warner and Steel (1999) study American and Canadian mothers and fathers. The authors’ key finding is that support for policies designed to address gender equity is greater among parents with daughters. This result emerges particularly strongly for fathers. Because parents invest a significant amount of themselves in their children, the [Read More...]


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