By Steve Ahlquist on March 30, 2015
Rhode Island needs to repeal its version of the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). We need to do this because our state is the birthplace of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. We need to do this because it is integral to the very DNA of Rhode Island that we brook no persecution or privilege based on deeply held religious convictions.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, LGBT, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Burwell v Hobby Lobby, civil unions, Corvese Amendment, Employment Division v. Smith, lgbtq, Mike Pence, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI Supreme Court | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 25, 2015
Intact Rhode Island doesn’t have a lot of political power. No legislators at the State House have publicly supported their efforts, no legislation is being introduced on their behalf. The issue is seen as too divisive and flies too close to issues of religious freedom for the comfort of politicians.
By Bob Plain on February 18, 2015
West Warwick Town Councilor Angelo Padula made incendiary comments about Muslims at a public meeting in May of 2013. The city emergency manager director was informing the Town Council about a seminar on how explosives work, said town councilors, to which Padula said, “We’re not going to invite any Muslims?” Some in the crowd laughed […]
By Bob Plain on February 17, 2015
Security camera footage from the Islamic School of Rhode Island taken the night hate-filled anti-Islam graffiti was spray painted on the school shows at least one adult man, said West Warwick Police Major John Mageira. “It doesn’t appear to be juveniles,” Mageira said after a press conference at the school on Tuesday. FBI agent Elizabeth […]
By Bob Plain on February 16, 2015
Spray-painted hate speech on the Islamic School of Rhode Island has raised concern among the FBI, the Humanists of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats and also Governor Gina Raimondo. “Rhode Island was founded on the tolerance of all beliefs,” Raimondo said in a statement. “This hateful act at the Islamic School of Rhode […]
By Lauren Niedel on February 16, 2015
The RI Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America (RI PDA) strongly condemns the vandalism of the Islamic School of Rhode Island. This hateful act does not represent the people of our great state, founded by Roger Williams on principles of religious tolerance. We wish to express solidarity with our fellow Rhode Islanders who stand […]
By Bob Plain on February 16, 2015
“Now this is a hate crime,” said a graffiti on the front door of the Islamic School of Rhode Island. The vandalism appeared a day after the school held a vigil for three Muslim students who were killed in north Carolina last week, reports the Providence Journal. In response to the vandalism, the Humanists of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 14, 2015
When asked about the role of faith in his life, Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, invoked the Golden Rule in a way I never thought possible when he claimed that the principle of being customer focused in business, “is not all that different from treating others as you want to be treated yourself.”
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Events, Featured, Labor, News, People, Religion | Tagged bank of america, Brian Moynihan, Brown Student Labor Alliance, Central Congregational Church, Darrell West, Darrell West Lecture Series, Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Stoni Tomson | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
As they have for the past six years, about four dozen clergy representing a wide variety of faith traditions gathered at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Wednesday, put on their vestments and robes, and marched to the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Vigil. The purpose of the vigil is […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged Catholic Charities, Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, interfaith coalition, Jewish Council of Public Affairs, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, National Council of Churches, Nicholas Mattiello, W. Nicholas Knisely | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
…”the focus has to be on eradicating the safety net and not bolstering the safety net.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, People, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment | Tagged Nicholas Mattiello, Poverty, social justice | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 24, 2014
The message the State of Rhode Island is sending is clear: Christians are #1, Jews are #2 (perhaps by virtue of the history, monotheism and holy texts they share with Christians) and all other view points are relegated to the second floor, where visitors must search them out.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Holidays, National News, News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged atheism, christianity, christmas tree, Gina Raimondo, Hanukkah menorah, Holiday Tree, Humanism, Humanists of Rhode Island, Judaism, Lincoln Chafee, War on Christmas, War on Secularism | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2014
“It was crazy. There were like five of us, three white guys and two black guys. The police, when they came at us, went right after the black guys. They weren’t interested in me at all, and I was right there.”
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Events, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, ferguson, Mike Brown, police brutality, protests, Providence Police | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2014
Non-theistic people are your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We may not believe in a deity or the supernatural, but we are compassionate, ethical members of this community.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 13, 2014
Tobin explained that his outspoken statements are “an expression of my own style. I don’t use a lot of filters. I just try to speak candidly and openly and personally, but hopefully never in a way that’s offensive.”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2014
“I wonder if an atheist mayor would be in a position to respect the sincere convictions of believers (of all faiths) and to encourage and support the many contributions the faith community makes in our city and state.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged atheism, Bishop Tobin, catholic church, jorge elorza, Separation of Church and State | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2014
When Bishop Thomas Tobin cracks his whip on Catholic politicians, it doesn’t serve his cause well. Remember when he manged to make a martyr out of even Congressman Patrick Kennedy? Tobin hasn’t denied Democratic nominee Gina Raimondo communion, but the Republican bishop did offer a passive rebuke to the Catholic candidate for governor after she won the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2014
Yesterday I marched with 400,000 people in New York to demand that government take strong action to save the earth from the catastrophic results of climate change. We were a united humanity taking a stand for everything that is truly important: our lives, our world and our future.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Environment, Featured, Photos, Religion | Tagged climate change, climate march, New York, People's Climate March | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2014
What matters is character, and an assessment of the previous actions of the candidates as pertains to how they may perform in the future. By this measure, Cianci is the clear loser. Twice convicted of serious crimes performed while in office, Cianci has twice demonstrated his inability to lead this city. His candidacy for a third go at the job is an insult to the voters of Providence, and his robocall demonstrates the depths of his dishonesty.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2014
Jorge Elorza wrote a paper in 2010 claiming that “science has disconfirmed the claim that the theist God has the power to violate the laws of physics.” Is Elorza an atheist?
By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2014
The one thing that virtually everyone who attended last night’s forum, Understanding the Israel/Gaza Crisis, is that the subject is extremely difficult to talk about without extreme emotions hijacking the discourse. Many of us, said moderator Reverend Donald Anderson, executive minister for the RI Council of Churches, have family or friends living in harms way […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, International News, Religion | Tagged afsc, Donald Anderson, east bay citizens for peace, Gaza, israel, Martha Yager, Peace, Rabbi Jim Rosenberg | Leave a response