Editorials

In Solidarity with Seattle Teachers Against Standardized Testing

I just read on Yahoo news that 19 teachers from Seattle‘s Garfield High School said “No” to administering standardized tests. This is a courageous first step and they should be forever memorialized as the “Seattle 19.” As a student and scholar of critical pedagogy, I am aware that standardized tests discourage critical thinking and replace…

Muslim-Baiting to Muslim Hating

At least five people are dead, including a dedicated US diplomat who had risked his life during the Libyan revolution to stand with the people of Libya against the tyranny of Qaddafi. These people certainly did not deserve to die especially since they had nothing to do with the film produced by a producer whose…

On Dishonest Maulvis, Harsh Laws, and Minority Rights

Last year when the case was being made to alter or abolish the blasphemy laws, the argument from the liberal and progressive minority of Pakistan was mobilized primarily to point out as to how the law could be misused to persecute minorities. At that point, the case of Asia Bibi was at the forefront of…

Rishman: Another Victim of Unjust Laws and Communal Hatered

It seems that those who claim to police the sanctity of the majority religion in Pakistan are on a constant and unending witch hunt. Their victims, or targets, mostly always happen to be poor and destitute women from the Christian minority that already lives a perilous existence in our increasingly intolerant country. A few years…

Temple Shootings, Mosque Burnings, Random Beatings

This is how it begins, the rise of thanatopolitics and politics of suspicion, in random acts of violence against our supposed others. Those placed on the fringe of the norm in simplified rhetoric of our demagogue politicians, pop theologians, and hate group gurus. An armed man enters a place of worship, in Wisconsin, targeting a…

Mitt Romney and the Question of Culture

To say that Mr. Romney’s references to culture are a masked economism is probably stating the obvious. But now that Mr. Romney has used culture to argue that certain cultures, like the Palestinians, are inherently not capable of developing at par with their others, his use of culture as a trope needs further inquiry. Attributing…