In the movie The Kite Runner, there is a scene where adulterers are stoned to death by the Taliban during half-time of a soccer match in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in real-life Uganda, homosexuality is a capitol offense.
In January 2009, president-elect Barack Obama chose homophobic pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. In 2013, the acclaimed documentary God Loves Uganda — which depicts the role of American conservative evangelicals (Warren’s proteges) in generating vicious anti-gay campaigns there — premiered in New York.
On Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN — Nikki Haley — voted against a resolution condemning the death penalty for LGBTQ people.
When it comes to the home countries of some Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, i.e. Elie Wiesel, Aung San Suu Kyi and Barack Obama, there is a giant blind spot toward their own human rights violations. Whether based on religious, ethnic or political bigotry, this conscious disavowal betrays their stature.
Seattle Human Rights Commission denounces attack on treaty rights of Northwest Tribes by Washington Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.
Most concerning is the racially tinged suggestion that treaty rights undermine democracy…Washington’s litigation stance offends both the treaty rights of Washington’s tribes, and their human rights, guaranteed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
2015 de Armond Citizen Journalist award winner Sandy Robson in the news.
I am sometimes awed by the irony of having to oppose hostile religious zealotry and the paradox of needing to accept religious generosity. If we are to mount an effective opposition to the fascist movement in America, it seems that–given our history–we will once again need to recruit role models such as the Durham, North Carolina-based Baptist Evangelical minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
With assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran obtained a warrant to access confidential information on the Red Line Salish Sea (NoDAPL) Facebook page.