Category: Culture & People

The Religion Test: Homosexuality vs. environmentalism and charity

There is a lot of talk these days about how homosexuality, transsexuality, gender roles, and the like are leading us on a road to ruin. Apocalyptic predictions are full of omens of increasing disasters — earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and famine. And I can absolutely see all of that happening. But not for the reasons you may think. […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s golden age, and science’s place in religion

I recently got the chance to attend a lecture presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson — a rock star in the science world and well known even among those without an inclination toward science. The lecture dug into some of the most depressing traits of humanity, but also some of the most empowering and uplifting. Humanity’s […]

Holi is here: Respecting the sacredness of other beliefs

Holi is here. For those that don’t know, Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a Hindu festival that takes place every spring. While the festival has traditionally been celebrated in places with predominantly Hindu or Indian populations, such as India and Nepal, the festival has become increasingly popular over the years in […]

Why are we telling people not to share what they enjoy with us?

I’ve seen an interesting trend lately. Posts bashing posts about workouts or food, or that bash quizzes and Bitstrips — “friends” who bash “friends” who post things they aren’t interested in. I cannot comprehend this sentiment. A person’s Facebook wall and posts are about that person, not about others. A person comprises their wall with […]

(More) DOs and DON’Ts of online conversations

I’ve already discussed a few DON’Ts for online conversations, but after some feedback from readers I’ve compiled another list of DON’Ts as well as a conversation DO. DON’T use sarcasm This was suggested by a few people, and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it for my original set of conversation DON’Ts. I love […]

Censorship: Corroding the “marketplace of ideas” and silencing truth

With the recent revelation that Facebook is censoring not only breastfeeding photos, but also political activists, I wanted to take a moment to discuss censorship — especially as it pertains to social media and business-consumer relations. I think it’s fine to have a “curse filter” to help keep dialogue on your site family friendly, but […]

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