Mano Singham concludes: I think [Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Geithner] is an important case that is going to have a big impact. As is common in major cases, the judge stayed the implementation of her ruling until all appeals are completed or the deadline for filing them has passed. If the government appeals, as […]
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To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.”
Roldo Bartimole writes: It hardly seems possible but the Glenville Shootout – as it became known – happened 45 years ago July 23, 1968. It was a disastrous time for Cleveland, an unnecessary gun battle between black militants and Cleveland police. It followed a peaceful Cleveland after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, […]
iO Tillett Wright thanks her parents for not asking her to define herself as a child. Her experience of growing up without having check boxes like “female,” “male,” “gay” or straight” thoroughly infuses her art.
iO’s photography can be seen regularly in two features in The New York Times: Notes from the Underground and The Lowdown. She is also the creator of Self Evident Truths—an ongoing project to document the wide variety of experiences in LGBTQ America. So far, she has photographed about 2,000 people for the project. Her goal: 10,000 portraits and a nationwide rethinking of discriminatory laws.
iO had her first solo show at Fuse gallery in New York City in 2010, and exhibited her latest work at The Hole Gallery in early summer of 2012. She has published three books of photographs; Lose My Number, KISSER, and Look Ma’, No Hands. She has directed several music videos, and spent nineteen years acting in films.
Boy Scouts of America No Longer Eligible for Grant Funding from The UPS Foundation Previously…
Should Ohio approve gay marriage?
[Update: 30 October at 0446 Education Standards Divided by Race (story first published at 1011 on 24 October.]
0525: Is religion good for anything?
Daniel Estrin writes: An influential ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi ordered his followers this week to burn their iPhones, the latest move in a campaign by the insular community to encourage its members to keep the outside world — and specifically the Internet — at bay. The decree by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, 84, came ahead of Judaism’s […]
From WCPN: The United Way of Cleveland says it will stop direct funding to the Boy Scouts of America’s Cleveland chapter. As ideastream’s Brian Bull reports, the decision stems from the BSA’s national policy on sexual orientation. Good on United Way, but it did take a bit of time… Previously…
Mano Singham connects two dots: Laws against blasphemy have rarely been about religious dogma. They are, like anti-terrorism statutes, political weapons that are available to intimidate and ensure conformity in the population. The very vagueness of the concepts of terrorism and blasphemy allow them to be interpreted so broadly that almost action can be interpreted […]
Mano Singham writes: Hence I was startled by this short interview that NPR’s Ari Shapiro had with a woman who attended an American Legion convention. Bobbie Lucier said of the Obamas, I just – I don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him. I don’t like his wife. She’s far from the first lady. […]
Your gay friends are not obsessed with the idea of being hated by a few Christian friends, they are rightfully mindful of a group of ignorant, fearful religious bigots who want to do them real harm and until you realize that the problem is not the religious right, but you, the religious light who enable […]
0803: Paul Ryan was for Ayn Rand before he was against her
Via Eagle Scouts For Equality: Redlands Scout pack to take stand against Boy Scouts of America position on gays After meeting last week for a discussion on the Boy Scouts of America’s stance against homosexuality within its ranks, the Redlands pack plans to take a stand against the greater organization. In a meeting Thursday, Cubmaster […]
Last evening, while studying America History, particularly the period known as The Second Great Awakening, my student asked me: It always seems like we read about people doing crazy stuff (we were reading about Millerism and Mormonism). What do you think people a hundred years from now will think is the crazy stuff we’re doing […]