In Afghanistan, Playing Music Can Be a Dangerously Subversive Act — Especially For a Woman

To millions of hardline Muslims, music is against Islam — any music but the muezzin’s call. It could lead to joy… and sometimes even dancing. And so,

Playing instruments was banned outright during the period of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, and even today, many conservative Muslims frown on most forms of music.

Negin [Ikhpolwak, 19 years old] took her first steps learning the piano in secret, before eventually revealing her activity to her father. He encouraged her, but the reaction from the rest of her conservative Pashtun family was hostile. “Apart from my father, everybody in the family is against it,” she said. “They say, ‘How can a Pashtun girl play music?’ Especially in our tribe, where even a man doesn’t have the right to do it.”


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So That’s Why God Wants Republicans to Run for President…

In a montage of clips from An Act of God — soon coming to California and starring actor Sean Hayes — God talks about celebrities, sports, and politics:


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Hillary Clinton Buys Neil deGrasse Tyson Poster During Trip to Wisconsin

There was a very interesting tidbit earlier this week in an article about Hillary Clinton‘s trip to Madison, Wisconsin. After holding campaign events, Clinton stopped by a local store called Anthology where she bought a few items:

… including a red, chunky necklace, a couple pins and a print of a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”

That would be this print right here:


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Letting Go of Religion… in 17 Beautiful Pictures

Kasey Medlin, a 20-year-old student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (in Georgia), grew up in Texas. As she told me, “Growing up and becoming a woman went hand and hand with my rejection of Christianity and eventually all religion.” But while her childhood was generally happy, she genuinely believed that if her dad and stepmother found out about her non-belief, it would affect their love for her.

That’s the backdrop for a photography project she just completed called “Letting Go of Religion.” The 17 pictures explore the themes of femininity, innocence, sexuality, and individuality:


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Slam Poet Eviscerates Religion in New Video

Harley Neville, a filmmaker and poet from New Zealand, just released an excellent video about the folly of religion called “Gravity.”


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