Culture | Media

The Beat Generation, Hippies, and Hunter S. Thompson: From Progressive to Regressive

I grew up Left. My father was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He and my pregnant mother fled St. Louis Missouri in 1969 in their VW bus packed with their belongings and headed for the Canadian border. They eventually settled in a small city in southern Ontario and my father became a journalist […]

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The Left: Why It Should Be Saved — Not Abandoned

On February 11, journalist and lifelong liberal Chadwick Moore “came out” in the New York Post — but not as gay (he did that when he was 15). This time, at the age of 33, he came out as a conservative. Moore’s transformation began last September, after penning a profile on the controversial Milo Yiannopolous […]

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From Al Qaeda to Atheism

Below you will find my interview with Yasmine Mohammed. Yasmine first came to my attention when I saw that many of the same people who had liked my Facebook page had also liked hers. Curious, I contacted Yasmine and heard her harrowing life story (which, horrifically, took place in Canada) and thought that the opportunity […]

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Religion | Politics

On Blasphemy Laws

Walaiha Irafat did not know why they came for her. In Pakistan, during March 2012, she was arrested for allegations of “spitting and sitting on the Koran,” and also “tearing pages and insulting Allah.” After being denied bail, Walaiha spent 43 months in prison — around 24 of those were in solitary confinement. She attempted […]

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Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

The Virtues of Free Speech

Free speech must include the right to offend. Granted, there are limitations upon free speech which do serve valuable and necessary functions — such as the prohibition against incitement to violence, or the prohibition concerning the deliberate causing of a panic that would likely result in imminent injury, etc. — yet such limitations are not a […]

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Culture | Media

The Banality of Milo

You know someone isn’t funny when they have to explain their own jokes on a late night comedy show. When Bill Maher asked his guest Milo Yiannopoulos during the “Overtime” panel discussion why he had referred to a trans woman as “he,” Yiannopoulos responded, “Yeah, I did that on purpose,” nodding his head along to […]

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Religion | Politics

Fake News and Tribalism: Your Team Does It, Too

I can’t be the first person to have noticed that whenever someone makes a political statement more often than not it’s met with the dismissive response: “Oh, that’s something a Democrat would say,” or “that’s the line of thinking a Republican would adopt.” Take for example if I said, “Trump’s recent Executive Order or ‘Muslim Ban’ isn’t the same […]

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Religion | Politics

The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy — Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot

Religious apologists, particularly those of the Christian variety, are big fans of what I have dubbed, the atheist atrocities fallacy. Christians commonly employ this fallacy to shield their egos from the harsh reality of the brutality of their own religion, by utilizing a most absurd form of the tu quoque (“you too”) fallacy, mingled with numerous other logical fallacies and […]

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The Problem with Intersectional Feminism

Those of us committed to social justice are accustomed to being told that intersectional feminism with its focus on critical race theory, queer theory and anti-ableism is the key. Only intersectionality, we are assertively informed, really listens to the experiences and needs of women of color, LGBTs, disabled people and other marginalized groups. Is this […]

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Review

The Salman Rushdie Fatwah, 28 Years Later

When Salman Rushdie wrote the sentence, probably some time in 1987, in The Satanic Verses, “Now there was no demand for satires — the general fear of Mahound had destroyed the market for insults and wit,” describing the milieu in the fictional city Jahilia which had been conquered by a war-lord, little could he have guessed how prophetic that […]

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