Quantcast

Monthly Archive: July 2014

Jul 23 2014

The right to hire people who will uphold the ethos of the organisation

The Iona Institute is having a think about what is “discrimination” and what is “a religious exemption.”  There are currently calls to repeal Section 37 (1) of Ireland’s Employment Equality Act: the law’s opponents argue that it allows schools, hospitals and other organisations with a religious ethos to discriminate in their hiring against those whose lifestyles …

Continue reading »

Jul 23 2014

It’s not personal

Sigh. I have someone badgering me via private messaging on Facebook trying to push me to agree that Jaclyn Glenn is a feminist, it’s just that she’s “a liberal feminist who doesn’t agree with radical feminism.” I don’t know, that may be the way she sees herself, but it’s not what she’s said in any …

Continue reading »

Jul 22 2014

Let girls be girls

Jul 22 2014

Many girls remain at risk

The BBC reports on the Girl Summit, which is addressing FGM and child marriage. Hosted by the UK government and children’s charity Unicef, the summit is being attended by international politicians, campaigners including the Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, and women who have undergone FGM.

Continue reading »

Jul 22 2014

The Girl Summit

Today was #girlsummit. Angélique Kidjo says why. You can help end child marriage and female genital mutilation or cutting. Pledge your support: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit The Girl Summit on 22 July will rally a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls’ childhoods, promote …

Continue reading »

Jul 22 2014

Credit where it’s due

glenn2

There was a sudden influx of first-time commenters, which puzzled me for a minute and then I realized Glenn must have responded (without contacting me directly, which I thought we were supposed to do, because she just said that…), so I looked at her Twitter and saw this: JaclynGlenn @JaclynGlenn Haha you look good in …

Continue reading »

Jul 22 2014

In the world

Update: Yes I know she didn’t write it herself. She still has it on her About page. Jaclyn Glenn explains about herself on the About page of her website. With her sharp wit, good looks, and smashing sense of humor, Jaclyn Glenn has quickly become the new “it” girl in the atheist community. Her hit …

Continue reading »

Jul 22 2014

You said it yourself, you’re a writer, not a diplomat

You knew it was on the way – another Jaclyn Glenn video about the horrors of what she chooses to call (without defining it) “Extreme Feminism.” This time (oh the honor) she goes after me, although without naming me. She starts by saying she’s going to talk about all the drama that’s been going on …

Continue reading »

Jul 22 2014

Freedom to refuse

Here’s my July column for the Freethinker, on the Freethinker’s shiny new website. Ramadan clearly is widely treated as compulsory, sometimes at the state level and much more at the familial level (which tends to bleed into the neighborhood and the “community” – the notional, non-physical community as well as the literal neighborhood-surrounding one). I consider this …

Continue reading »

Jul 21 2014

Not to bend once again

All right, one piece of good news. Obama signed the tweaked ENDA today and it did not include a religious exemption. Woohoo! President Barack Obama signed a highly anticipated executive order Monday, which amends the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include LGBT workers. The executive order restricts all federal branches and federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation …

Continue reading »

Older posts «