Recently, I wrote an article about a presentation at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia last month. In response to that piece, I was accused of setting up a straw man and then attacking same.
The speaker in question, Paul Kivel, is the founder of "the Challenging Christian Hegemony Project."
While Kivel in his talk apparently issued a wide-ranging indictment of Christianity's influence, perhaps it was an overstatement to say that he "blamed Christianity for everything bad in the world" — although he indeed blames institutional Christianity for much of it. more >>
Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming? That question was the focus of a lecture hosted by the highly regarded Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Monday.
According to an advertisement posted on MIT's website, the MIT Global Studies and Language Department's Ecology and Justice Forum hosted Ghassan Hage, a Lebanese-born future generation professor at the University of Melbourne, for a discussion on the connection between two major focuses for liberal social and environmental justice warriors — Islamophobia and global warming.
"This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis," the online advertisement states. more >>
Roman Catholic nuns are warning that the security of "first-world entitlements" is getting in the way of the women's commitment to fight poverty and environmental destruction.
U.S. St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn addressed 900 women representing nearly 500,000 sisters globally at the International Union of Superiors General gathering, cautioning them against accepting the "entitlement creep" of the first-world, the Global Sisters Report said.
Zinn noted that some of the major benefits of living in the first-world include opportunities for higher education and job and housing security, but warned that they "can create a numbness of consciences and a blindness of heart through which we can easily see not the pain, but see what we want to see." more >>
Commitment to even a good cause is absurdly difficult to achieve in our highly partisan national and local politics. However, I know that it is profoundly within our reach.
The two-party system engenders a competition of ideas that could be healthy and productive — but too often now it engenders mere deceit and destructive divisiveness.
The excessively partisan climate of 2016 so far is both deeply disappointing and discouraging. Legitimate political differences are quite significant this year — but the heated rhetoric has mostly overshadowed and clouded even those strategic differences. And most of the news media provides precious little help, hampered as they often are by their own deeply distorting biases! more >>
John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel, has called Bill Nye "The Science Guy" a "pretend scientist in a bow tie," and argued that his suggestion of jailing climate change skeptics is akin to the jailing of Italian astronomer Galielo Galilei.
"I have always been amazed that anyone would pay attention to Bill Nye, a pretend scientist in a bow tie," Coleman said in an interview, according to Climate Depot.
"As a man who has studied the science of meteorology for over 60 years and received the AMS (American Meteorological Society's) 'Meteorologist of the Year' award, I am totally offended that Nye gets the press and media attention he does," he added. more >>
"Earth Day" was first observed on April 22, 1970, signaling the birth of the modern environmental movement. According to the Earth Day Network, the original "Earth Day" brought to life by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, caused 20 million Americans to come out across the nation and demonstrate for a sustainable, clean environment.
The so-called green movement has gathered ever increasing steam with each passing year, morphing from clean air and clean water to global warming to climate change described by one N.Y. Times reporter as "the most significant scientific and technological challenge of our time." (Eduardo Porter, "Liberal Biases, Too, May Block Promises on Climate Change," New York Times April 19, 2016).
Many advocates for drastic measures to combat climate change (i.e., global warming) assert that human caused global warming is now "settled science." more >>