Marching through Ferguson

Crowds in Ferguson

It’s strange, perhaps, for an activist to admit they do not enjoy marches. Marches and rallies – so often the go-to response when a community wishes to demonstrate power, generate solidarity, or express outrage – make me deeply uncomfortable. The emotional energy, the collective passion, the chanting and shouting and call-and-response: all of it makes [Read More...]

Marriage, Equality, and Radical Queer Politics – Part Two

In the first part of this post I gave a sketch of my personal and political background, and enumerated a number of areas where I am in full agreement with many radical queer activists who raise principled objections to the prominence given to to the marriage equality fight by mainstream LGBTQ organizations, and to the [Read More...]

Marriage, Equality, and Radical Queer Politics – Part One

This is a two-part post. The second part can be found here. It seems every day brings news of a new victory for marriage equality advocates: yesterday Kentucky joined Indiana and Utah as the most recent state to find same sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Every day also seems to bring a new article penned by [Read More...]

De/Humanization

My first real job was in prisons. As a teenager at university I became a volunteer for the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project, a charity which performs Shakespeare workshops, and sometimes whole productions, inside correctional facilities (whether it is still running I don’t know – I haven’t heard anything about it in a long time). [Read More...]

Beyond Secularism

Secularism is an important value: a secular government – a government which does not embody or promote any particular religious or nonreligious worldview, and which bases its policies on what is likely to improve the welfare of its citizens rather than on any particular religious ideology – is an essential component of a flourishing society. [Read More...]

Let Humanism Ring: American Humanist Association 2014 Annual Conference Report

AHA Conference 2014 Logo

The American Humanist Association met in Philadelphia this weekend for its 73rd Annual Conference (“Let Humanism Ring!”), a celebration of the Humanist worldview and an opportunity for the AHA (the foremost organization for the promotion of Humanism in the USA) to update its members on the activities of the year. The conference began, as in previous [Read More...]

How to Check Your Privilege in 5 Excruciating Steps

Dialogue

Recently, I changed my mind. Challenged over my uncritical reposting of a secular argument against abortion, I was forced to examine my assumptions, reflect on my identity, and consider how my actions might look from a different vantage point – in other words, I “checked my privilege”. The exhortation to “check your privilege” is common in [Read More...]


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