By Steve Ahlquist on February 6, 2016
“As has been the case since 2008, the least religious states generally are those in the two northern corners of the country. Rhode Island and New York join New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine in the Northeast, while Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Alaska are among the least religious states in the Northwest. The one additional state among the least religious is Hawaii.”
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2016
“When religion is used to provide a sheen of morality to the exploits of government officials and business leaders, people do not prosper, they are instead righteously exploited. The prayers that begin each legislative session may mean something to the legislators bowing their heads, but the deeper purpose is propagandist. They are invoking the name of God to justify their power, not the will of the people, and doing so in defiance of democracy.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, News, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce luncheon, House National Prayer Breakfast, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael Chippendale, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, Robert Lancia | 12 Responses
By Derick Smith on January 19, 2016
Religious violence is endangering our society. Furthermore, violence is an oxymoron to most religions. Religious people are expected to have good morals, faith, and an understanding that they, as individuals, are a small part of the Lord’s big plan. Religions teach you that the Lord gives you free will, and that’s exactly what terrorists are […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
Sure, some billionaire may move a few jobs towards Rhode Island if Raimondo can catch the right ear, but this does nothing to address the systemic issues mentioned above.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Events, Featured, International News, Opinion, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brookings Institute, Davos, Gina Raimondo, Marie Aberger, Switzerland, WEF, World Economic Forum | 23 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
When speaker Marco McWilliams, director of Black Studies at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) spoke about prison abolition and the dismantling of capitalism (admittedly long term goals) some in the audience showed visible reservations.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, Marco McWilliams, NAACP Providence Branch, Nathaniel Greene Middle School, Pilar McCloud, Providence Community Safety Act, Providence Place Mall, Starbucks, Susan Leslie, Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2016
“Evil,” says DeChristopher, “is the denial of the inherent worth and dignity of other people. This is that nature of the prison system today.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion | Tagged First Unitarian Church of Providence, for profit prisons, Prisons, Tim DeCristopher | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2016
In which we ask the age old question: Can hitting someone in the head with a frying pan make someone a Trump supporter?
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Alexander Perry, donald trump, Frank A. Ciccone, Gayle L. Goldin, Good Samaritan Act, III, John J. DeSimone, Joseph A. Trillo, Joseph M. McNamara, Juan Garcia, Licenses for All, Marilyn Cocozza Trillo, Nicholas A. Mattiello, rhoda perry, RI Trump for President | 2 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on January 7, 2016
“During the last two days activists filed rebuttals with the Energy Facility Siting Board as they contest Invenergy’s attempt to suppress public input on its proposal to build a fracked-gas power plant proposal.”
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, Occupy, Religion | Tagged Clean Air Act, Clear River Energy Center, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Mary Pendergast, Occupy Providence, pope francis | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 6, 2016
14.3 percent of Rhode Islanders live in poverty. That rate climbs to 19.8 percent when we talk about children specifically.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Economy, Education, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Women, Youth | Tagged Calvary Worship Center, earned income tax credit, EITC, Gina Raimondo, Herson Gonzalez, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, Nicholas Mattiello, Opening Doors RI, payday loans, Rachel Simon, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH, RIPTA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 28, 2015
There are many world views, philosophies, life stances or ways of life that are not religious in nature, yet are considered fully equal to religion in terms of conscience and liberty, under the law… non-religious belief systems, such as atheism and Humanism, are protected under the First Amendment as surely as Christianity or Judaism.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Adam J. Sholes, Devon Letourneau, first amendment, Five-Percent Nation, freedom of conscience, Providence Journal, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Robert Vangel | 1 Response
By Harry Rix on December 28, 2015
A living wage is a win/win/win: Employees receive a just wage; employers overcome high turnover and reduced productivity; and taxpayers avoid paying ‘corporate welfare’ for low-wage workers.
The primary problem is greed.
The wealthy counter with the myth: “The rich are makers, the poor are takers.” The reverse is true.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Religion, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged greed, just wage, living wage, the makers, the takers, wage slavery | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2015
In short, the reliquary used to bolster the power of a Bishop’s blessing serves exactly the same function as the wand used to bolster the power of a Wizard’s spell. The only difference is that no one seriously believes in the Magical powers of Wizards and Wands, but there are many who believe in the Miraculous powers of Bishops and Reliquaries.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
“The backlash of these atrocious attacks have been felt deeply in the Muslim community nationwide. Inflammatory rhetoric as demonstrated by some politicians to isolate and marginalize American Muslims is reckless and undermines the safety and security of our great nation,” Ansari continued, before adding, on a positive note that, “the American Muslim community in Rhode Island has unprecedented support from public officials, law enforcement, faith community and fellow citizens and we deeply appreciate this support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Elections, Featured, National News, News, People, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Andrew Mook, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Farid Ansari, Islamic Center of Rhode Island, James Hazelwood, jim vincent, NAACP, Nicholas Knisely, Project Respect, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island for Community and Justice, RICMA, Roger Williams, Sarah Mack, Thomas Wiles, Toby Ayers, Wendy Ibraham | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 14, 2015
Nine people held signs, made in the form of a menorah, declaring their opposition to Islamophobia and racism, and in support of refugees and #BlackLivesMatter. As the sun set the menorah was lit and people read their signs out loud.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Immigration, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, Islamophobia, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, refugees, SayHerName | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 14, 2015
Our state is the cradle of religious liberty and freedom of conscience, and on this day we honored that legacy.
I can’t recall a time that I have felt more proud of my state.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, International News, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged APPRI, Association of Pakistani Physicians of RI, Board of Rabbis of Greater RI, Farid Ansari, MAE organization for the Homeless, Martin Niemöller, PAKPAC, Refugee Dream Center of RI, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RICMA | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on December 13, 2015
We must overcome our country’s fears and purge our national prejudices, especially with regard to Muslims. Today, Jesus would teach the parable of The Good Muslim and, regarding our Middle East wars, teach us to become peacemakers.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2015
Despite the steady, deadly drumbeat of mass shootings and the hysteria being generated by the Republican presidential front runner over refugees and Muslims, forces are beginning to coalesce around a series of reforms to our gun laws on both the sate and national level.
Posted in Gun Control, Photos, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Farid Ansari, Frank Saccocio, gene Dyszlewski, guns, interfaith, islam, Jametta Alston, Jennifer Smith Boylan, linda finn, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Second Free Will Baptist Church, Vigil | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on December 9, 2015
On almost a daily basis now, our airwaves are absolutely inundated with nonsensical Orientalist prejudice. It is worthwhile note that, while the vitriol is aimed at Muslims and the Islamic faith, we sadly see the prejudice also impact non-Muslims. For example, in September 2001, within mere days of the attacks in New York and Washington, […]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Race & Racism, Religion | Tagged Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Farid Ansari, islam, ISLAM IN RHODE ISLAND, muslim, Richard Lobban, Steve Ahlquist | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2015
“Lead by people of color, the First National Trans March of Resilience… in numerous cities across the nation… [is] a way to honor the strength and resilience of trans lives, specifically the lives of trans people of color…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, LGBT, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, August Guang, black lives matter, Dominique Pistone, Julián Cancino, Monay McNeil, National Trans March of Resilience, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rita Hester, TDOR, Trans Lives Matter, Transgender Day of Remembrance | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on November 19, 2015
Catherine Cool Rumsey, a former District 34 state senator who was defeated by embattled Sen Elaine Morgan in 2014, was “horrified” by Morgan’s infamous email besmirching Islam was “horrified” and said it solidified her intention to run against Morgan in 2016. “It does not represent the district,” she told me. “We need to represent our […]
Posted in Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged cool rumsey, district 34, elaine morgan, islam, muslim, refugee, refugee crisis, senate, state house, terrorism | 2 Responses