In this century, Democrats rejected the outcomes of two presidential elections won by Republicans. After Bush won, they settled for accusing him of being a thief, an idiot, a liar, a draft dodger and a mass murderer. They fantasized about his assassination and there was talk of impeachment. But elected officials gritted their teeth and tried to get things done.
This time around it’s “radically” different.
Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference this week were told that changing attitudes have resulted in a “huge” surge in the number of transgender and non-binary people coming forward.
“Five years ago, hardly anyone in school or in university would come across a young trans person, but it’s changed substantially,” said Terry Reed, a campaigner for transsexual rights who co-founded the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is home to Big Bird, Frontline, and other “programing made possible by viewers like you,” including lesson plans instructing teachers how to show kids to be more sympathetic to radical Islamic suicide bombers in Palestine.
“Dying to be a Martyr.” That’s the name of a lesson plan offered to students and teachers at no cost by the Public Broadcasting Service, a taxpayer-funded nonprofit, and some of the material seems to encourage students to learn to sympathize with radical Islamic terrorists.
Some of the biggest blows to the progressive cause in the past year have often been due to the votes of white men. If white men were not allowed to vote, it is unlikely that the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Union, it is unlikely that Donald Trump would now be the President of the United States, and it is unlikely that the Democratic Alliance would now be governing four of South Africa’s biggest cities.
If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened. It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely – the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world. The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008. This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed.
A liberal extremist group known as “Refuse Fascism” is touring college campuses, most recently stopping at Cornell University to recruit students in the fight against the Trump administration.
The group, which calls the “Trump/Pence regime” a “catastrophic danger to all of humanity,” organized a demonstration on Cornell’s campus Tuesday to “drive out the Trump and Pence fascist regime.”
A Christian couple with “a strong religious faith” alleges that Hamilton’s children’s aid society closed their foster home because they refused to tell two young children in their care that the Easter Bunny is real.
In a charter application filed with an Ontario court, Frances and Derek Baars allege that the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton violated their freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of expression and right to be free from discrimination.
The Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia group has published a video on social media saying Islam allows men to hit women in a “symbolic” way.
Two panellists in the video claim men are permitted — but not obliged or encouraged — to hit women.
The past chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission has revealed that groups in Holland and Russia used ads and fake news to influence elections, and suggested it could be worse in 2020 when “most of the advertising” moves from TV to the unregulated internet and huge political sites.
Speaking at a “Future of Democracy” forum last week at the University of California at Berkeley, Democrat Ann Ravel, who just stepped down from the agency, also raised the possibility of regulating political speech and ads on Facebook and Twitter.
Using phrases like ‘refugees in a group’ instead of ‘a group of refugees’ could boost empathy for migrants, asylum-seekers and other dehumanised groups, a psychologist has found.
Defining empathy as perceiving how others have the ability to feel and think, the University of North Carolina’s Kurt Gray examined “how subtle shifts in framing can alter the mind perception of groups”, according to his paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.
A Regular Meeting of the Peel District School Board (PDSB) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 was disrupted by members in the audience who opposed the Board’s decision to allow an extended religious accommodation for Muslim students including in relation to the Friday prayers in the public schools.
A man was seen on YouTube video ripping up a copy of the Quran and throwing its pages onto the floor. He later explained: “The words in the pages that I ripped up are actually contain things like pedophilia, kill the Jews, stuff like that. That we just don’t want around kids to begin with.”