Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi and the importance of religious reform


The selection of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi as co-recipients of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was widely hailed as a victory for the human rights of children, and especially girls. I was personally thrilled with the choice, having been charmed by Malala’s many interviews following the publication of her autobiography, I Am Malala. I am also happy to learn of Kailash Satyarthi and his three decades of work to end child slavery in India. I and many of my friends are deeply committed to t … [Read more...]

Remembering Tiananmen Square

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I was completing the final days of my senior year in high school when the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square to clear the pro-democracy protesters.Today, 25 years later, many Chinese citizens still do not know the whole story of what happened in their own capital and activists struggle to commemorate the thousands who died when the Army opened fire on unarmed protestors. The government still suppresses the record of these events (you can read Helen Gao's first person account in today's New … [Read more...]

New poll: Attitudes toward religion sour with advanced education

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A new poll out today from WIN/Gallup International addresses the question of whether or not religion plays a positive role in society. The results are mixed and tend to confirm what we have generally come to expect.Overall, 59% of respondents said that religion plays a positive role in society while only 22% say it plays a negative role, for net positive* of 37%. Taken as a whole, the world is still very religious and most see this as a positive thing.As soon as you drill down a bit … [Read more...]

When cowardice (and the non-profit industrial complex) won the day

World Vision comment

My last post took me two days to write so I had to follow the World Vision debacle from a distance. I think everything that can be said has been said, but I do want to point out the most important comments from my fellow bloggers about this issue because there have been some really great insights from BOTH Christians and non-Christians. It is also an issue for which I have paid a personal price, so this sort of cowardice angers me.On the Christian side, Formerly Fundie made the important … [Read more...]