Saturday, February 9, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
He showed us by example and prophetic preaching that one does not have to stay in the mud. We can wake up; we can stand up; and we can take that long walk toward freedom. Freedom is first and foremost an inner recognition of self-respect, a knowledge that one was not put on this earth to be a nobody. Using drugs and killing each other are the worst forms of nobodyness. Our foreparents fought against great odds (slavery, lynchings, and segregation), but they did not self-destruct. Some died fighting, and others, inspired by their example, kept moving toward the promised land of freedom, singing "we ain't going to let nobody turn us around." African-Americans can do the same today. We can fight for our dignity and self-respect. To be proud to be black does not mean being against white people, unless whites are against respecting the humanity of blacks. Malcolm was not against whites; he was for blacks and against their exploitation.-Dr. James H. Cone [father of black liberation theology, professor at Union Theological Seminary in NYC where Dr. Cornel West currently teaches at, again] in his Martin & Malcolm & America (1992), pg. 317.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
-J.K. Rowling in her speech at Harvard in 2008 (available here).
from two years, thanks to Justin Benavidez for reminding me of it and of the importance of sharing it :)
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Published on Feb 5, 2013
Richard Dawkins, Andrew Copson, Arif Ahmed debate Rowan Williams, Tariq Ramadan and Douglas Murray
Tariq Ramadan, a European Muslim intellectual, professor at Oxford, writes:
Last week, I participated in a fascinating debate at Cambridge University, featuring professor Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and fierce defender of atheism, and Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Our subject : the incompatibility of religion with modern society and the challenges of the 21st century. Professor Dawkins and his camp asserted that religion is more dangerous than beneficial ; that it is inherently ’evil’. For him, the thesis of a Creator of the universe is little more than a (bad) idea, a totally non-demonstrable aberration. His approach was aggressive, cutting-edge, quite dogmatic — religion is dangerous ; we should thus be critical of its wild claims and hope that it simply vanishes. For someone who poses as a rational humanist, it was a curious posture : We should “eliminate” our adversary and seek its destruction in the name of “scientific” facts that alone are true and alone deserve respect. Could dogmatism be the child of rationalism as well as of religion ?http://www.tariqramadan.com/
Monday, February 4, 2013
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