Civil and Secular Society

Essays about the nature of law, regulation, and practice in a societies that ostensibly base actions on principles of non-discrimination and the notion that all are equal before the law. (Image by Rodrigo Maia.)


ALL TROLLING IS LOCAL

HOW SAN FRANCISCO BECAME A CITY OF PEEVISH, SELF-LOATHING TROLL FEEDERS, JUST LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE


MASSIVE ATTACK vs. ADAM CURTIS: ABANDONING ALL GLORY IN A BLAZE OF HOPE

A Review of — and attempt to explain — a mixed media event at the Park Avenue Armory, 3…


From Kanye to Hemingway

9 Experiences For Sparking Creativity


(This post features the new full-bleed image formatting Medium has recently made available. When you


TED and the Declining Value of Ideas


First published in the March/April issue of THIS Magazine.

The first time I watched Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk on educational reform, I found myself nodding along vigorously. Yes! Schools do kill creativity! The system is broken! My kids can’t be shuttled through such a clearly flawed learning process! My anger was so consuming that…


The Importance of Passive Participation


We’ve faced a great deal of hardship and controversy these last few months, from the Supreme Court hearings on Prop. 8 and DOMA, to, most recently, the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Given our interesting times, we’ve also been graced with the reactions and opinions of our social circles through these events.

Let’s do the


What scares me about Boston


Looking at the coverage of the Boston incidents, I had some clarifying thoughts. Reproduced here directly from twitter.

It just occurred to me that I'm horrified by the violence this week, but more horrified by the awful reaction of the media and Internet.

I see all of this fear manifesting in myriad ways. There is always this…


Just a picture


The Internet went red for marriage equality today. As oral arguments are being held before the Supreme Court covering Prop. 8 and DOMA, social media profiles around the world are…


What I learned from a bigot


I talked with a bigot a couple of nights ago on Twitter. She's not a bigot because I disagree with her about marriage equality. She's a bigot because she believes that discriminating against a class of people based upon an attribute of that class for reasons that arise in her particular religious faith is something that should be enshrined in secular law enforced…

Civil and Secular Society
Civil and Secular Society

Essays about the nature of law, regulation, and practice in a societies that ostensibly base actions on principles of non-discrimination and the notion that all are equal before the law. (Image by Rodrigo Maia.)

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