The Art of Social Protest

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Protest is an art form: a way of bringing to the surface structural inequality and injustice so that people can glimpse, if only for a moment, the invisible cage which constantly imprisons oppressed people. Artful protests reveal inequalities in surprising and provocative ways while remaining non-violent and invitational, inspiring people to think and act differently rather [Read More...]

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...]

How the West Really Lost God, by Mary Eberstadt – a Review

This review is part of the Patheos Book Club, which last month was reviewing Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God”. My review is a little late, due to my moving across the country. Other responses can be found here. In How the West Really Lost God sociologist Mary Eberstadt offers a new theory of secularization, [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...]

Echoes of New England

Cape Cod from the Provincetown Monument

Inside the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, echoes. Echoes of footsteps from people climbing up, 252 feet of stair and slope and stone. Echoes of voices from people speaking with each other, planing their weekend or recounting their adventures. Echoes of laughter from children running, trying to reach the top before their parents. And echoes from [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...]


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