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World Hijab Day: 1 February 2015

Since 2013, 1 February has been World Hijab Day. It was started by a New York woman, Nazma Khan. Khan moved to New York from Bangladesh with her parents at the age of eleven. She was the only child at her school wearing the hijab and was bullied. It seems from her account that at least one of her teachers participated in this instead of protecting her. Things got worse when she attended university –... read more

Beautiful New Zealand I

The wonderful Amy Carparelli on Twitter (@AmyAmylou1993) often tweets interesting videos and articles about a science, nature, astronomy, and a few other things. Today I was thrilled to get this one in my notifications. It’s by Martin Heck of TimeStorm Films and is called Amplitude. Make sure to watch it on full screen.  Enjoy! I’ve been to some of the locations in the film, and recognize... read more

New Zealand’s Blasphemy Law Must be Abolished

According to Wikipedia: Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God, to religious or holy persons or things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Blasphemy laws, therefore, are designed to protect religion (usually the dominant religion of a country) from criticism. They make the ideas of religion different from other ideas, placing them above other... read more

Free Speech is not Hate Speech

When free speech is attacked, we all suffer. So often in the past, those who have been attacked for speaking out haven’t attracted the support they should have either because of what they have to say, or who they are. We have allowed our opinion of the speech of those we don’t agree with to colour our opinion of whether they should be allowed to speak. The massacre at the offices of Charlie... read more

Derek Fox Blames the Victims – Fallout From the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Well, we knew it would happen. In my last article on this I said: I hope this revolting act will help those who decry any criticism of Islam as Islamophobia recognize just what a problem it has the potential to be. Any belief system that includes an invocation to kill critics and unbelievers, and rejects all attempts at reform is likely to spawn such acts. My hope was wasted, and a prominent New Zealander... read more

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