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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi liveblog] Secularism: A Right and Demand of Women Worldwide

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Next up is Maryam Namazie, a blogger and activist who’s been involved with tons of secular organizations: Equal Rights Now, the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, and Iran Solidarity. 5:00: Namazie is talking about secular activists in the Muslim world who are being persecuted for …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi liveblog] Sexism and Religion: Can the Knot Be Untied?

I’m finally up and watching Katha Pollitt speak! Pollitt is a poet (say that five times fast) and a columnist for The Nation. 10:10: I chose the topic of my talk today because I didn’t know the answer: can religion be disentangled from the misogyny in its texts and its practices. I asked a random …

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Jan 09 2012

Islamophobia Does Not "Cause" Riots

So I was reading the current issue of Utne Reader (great magazine, by the way) and came across an article about Islamophobia, reprinted from Intelligence Report. At was a good article, at least up until the third paragraph. There, I saw something that made my eyes want to pop out of my head, migrate to …

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Jul 26 2011

Why I Oppose Banning Burqas

And no, my reasoning has nothing to do with racism or any other ism! Belgian lawmakers recently passed a bill that, if approved in their senate, would make it illegal to wear burqas in public. This comes on the heels of France’s When justifying banning burqas or similar Islamic garments, people typically make two points–one, …

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