Monthly Archive: May 2010

May 31 2010

Who am I to talk about race?

I had a conversation with a friend recently who said something to the effect that the reason people don’t object to my discussions about race and race issues is because I am black. Specifically, they don’t want to express any disagreement they may have with me because my status as a minority means I get …

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May 29 2010

What you missed this week: May 24th-28th

Holy crap! You missed it! What were you thinking? No worries, because you can always go back and see: My discussion and refutation of the notion that Canada was founded on a “Judeo-Christian” heritage; The plight of a Malaysian politician who got nabbed under a ridiculous sodomy law; About Pakistan getting the whole idea of …

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May 28 2010

Movie Friday: God Hates Fred Phelps

Some things are so unbelievably over-the-top evil that you just have to laugh (DISCLAIMER: if you are easily offended by strident and hateful homophobia, you might not want to watch this): For those of you who don’t know, Fred Phelps is the head of a ultra-right-wing hate group that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church …

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May 27 2010

Free Speech under attack… apparently EVERYWHERE

Every morning when I come in to work I scan the headlines in the CBC, local news and the BBC. The more interesting stories, or those that I think deserve my special attention, get thrown into a folder in my e-mail that I keep filed away for later. That’s why sometimes I’ll feature news stories …

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May 26 2010

Pakistan gets it EXACTLY wrong

May 20th was “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” (Yes, clearly I keep abreast of the latest goings on – I write these 2 weeks in advance, give me a break). People from all around the world drew pictures of what the prophet Muhammad might look like (nobody really knows) and posted them on the internet, as …

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May 25 2010

Sodomy – the ULTIMATE sin

For anyone who’s ever complained about the government needing to “get off our backs”, or complaints about legislation being “shoved down our throat”, you can stop whining. It could be way worse: The trial of the Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, on charges of sodomy, has resumed after a long delay. Unsurprisingly, sodomy is a …

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May 24 2010

Judeo-Christian heritage? Hardly

I’m really tired of hearing people say “we are founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs” or “we have to remember that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.” It is a phrase that often comes out of the mouth of Sarah Palin, that ridiculous walking ball of Silly Putty (who is so loved because she has no personality of …

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May 22 2010

What you missed this week: May 17th-21st

In case you missed it this week, I: Gave what I think is a more useful definition of racism; Updated you and asked you questions about banning the niqab; Gave a shout-out to all the ladies out there, staying strong in tough times; Hated on China; and Had a chuckle at the expense of religious …

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May 21 2010

Movie Friday: Never been kissed

I’ve talked before about religion’s bizarre obsession with sex. This video made me laugh, but it’s not really funny. It’s about the most thinly-veiled abstinence advocacy I’ve ever seen. It goes beyond sexual celibacy and says that even kissing is off limits. I’ve seen little kids smooch each other. It’s about as small a deal …

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May 20 2010

John Legend gets it EXACTLY right

I’ve said this before, it’s REALLY nice to hear my ideas coming out of the mouths of other people: John Legend says its okay to see race (sorry, embed code was refusing to work and I don’t know enough HTML to troubleshoot it). John Legend is a singer/songwriter who has collaborated often with the likes …

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