A healer in the king’s court faces a unique challenge. To truly be effective, he or she must think critically. This means often ignoring the dictates of the king’s laws, which may be the cause of illness in the first place. Healers must be savvy enough to recognize that although current conditions are obviously not working, it is by navigating within those conditions that the people will be reached and the medicine delivered on time. ~Bakano Warrior
Early in my doctoral studies, I struggled to bridge the worlds of Black and “mainstream” psychology. I found them both lacking when it came to the issues of people who didn’t fit the traditional mold. As a young Black woman – and also a Buddhist, a mom, a wife, an artist, and an activist – I had a hard time finding myself or people like me within the walls of traditional psychological training…
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This is a great, insightful piece.
I am an atheist. I cannot say that I believe that there is no God because I honestly do not know. But since I don’t know, I don’t believe in God. I work hard to respect people of faith, and I do a pretty good job with this.
It is often said that science steals the majesty and awe from the Universe. It is often said that there is no wonder in the scientific worldview (metaphysical naturalism).
I’ve never understood these sentiments.
What the various religious texts tell us is profound. It is majestic, awe-inspiring, and wondrous. But nothing written in any book even begins to match the majesty, awe and wonder of the Universe that science is unveiling for us.
Here’s a taste.
Dust That Sings
I’ve got your inspirational courage right here.
If you’ve never heard of Irshad Manji, give her website a look. If you have heard of her, give her website a look.
Hers is a courage that I will never have.
And agree or disagree with her, she is is truly an inspiration.
“I’m not a moderate Muslim, I’m a reformist”
Irshad Manji blog and official website
Irshad is founder and director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University’s school of public service. This leadership program equips students to challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship — within their families, communities and organizations.
And don’t for a second think that the world today is lacking in moral leadership and heroism (heroine-ism?).
The Skeptical OB asks an interesting question.
Why won’t the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) release their data on the safety of home births facilitated by their midwives?
[MANA has] publicly announced that only those who pass an ideological litmus test and sign a legal non-disclosure agreement will be allow access to the data.
Birth freedom is most certainly a feminist issue.
Withholding important information makes it impossible for women to make an informed choice about how they want to give birth. And an uninformed choice is no choice at all.
I don’t see how MANA’s policy can possibly be compatible with feminism.
Make public the data!
The Skeptical OB: Homebirth midwives don’t want you to know.
Today is a day of celebration in my home. Forty-five years ago, two brave people who stood up for their love gave me the greatest gift I never asked for but couldn’t imagine living without, the ability to legally marry the man I fell in love with. On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, making interracial marriages legal in every state, ensuring freedom in choosing a life-long partner. Today is a commemoration of that special day, a holiday known to some as “Loving Day.”
Celebrate Loving Day: When Interracial Marriages Became Legal On June 12, 1967.
Reader DL draws our attention to an ongoing conflict over LGBT rights in Lincoln, Nebraska (state capital, population 250 000+). It all started when the city council passed a “fairness ordinance” granting gay and transgender people anti-discrimination protection in employment, housing and public accommodation. 21 states and some 140 cities in the US already have legislation like this on the books, so you might think that that would be the end of the story.
However, local law allows for a vote on any new ordinance if sufficient petitioners demand it quickly enough, and an impressively well-organised reactionary campaign managed to garner the 10 000 signatures required within the 15 days allowed. Due to the complexities of the laws governing petitions and votes on them, the city mayor has responded by recommending that the legislation be repealed, and the protections instead be put to the vote as an amendment to the…
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I wish some of these Atheists would quit revolving their entire lives/interests/persona/activities/discussions around the fact that they’re Atheists. No one fucking cares that you’re an Atheist. You just look like a dick.
batty african child.
I am a part time stay-at-home dad, and I know many other full time SAH dads. Men enjoy a lot of privilege, but this sort of thing is real.
for being there without a child. This sort of thing strikes me as one of the most pernicious ways gender roles are reinforced. A friend who is a father told me that when he is with his child at a play ground, he has to stick with the child at all times in order not to be kicked out, unlike the mothers who can sit on a bench while their child plays. Women are simply accepted in child-oriented places, while men are viewed with suspicion.
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