Fundamental Paradise

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 1:30 am

A few weeks ago Uganda passed and enacted one the the most repugnant laws of the 21st Century (so far!…they’re working on new stuff), its neighbor Kenya is headed in the same direction, but first they are laying the ground work to a religious-right fantasy camp (emphasis on “camp”) that Kentucky can only dream of.

 

FDL Movie Night: Tanzania, A Journey Within

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:59 pm

Tanzania A Journey Within, directed by tonight’s guest, Sylvia Caminer, begins with a simple concept: Venance, whose mother died from HIV, left his home in Tanzania nine years ago to pursue his dreams of a college education. His friend Kristen, who he met while they attended the University of Miami, is a privileged girl from Virginia, and would like to go with him and see the Africa she dreams of–wild animals, mud huts, a peaceful existence with nature.

Anti-Gay Groups and Their Supporters Have a Disturbing History of Distorting Scientific Research

By: Monday March 10, 2014 7:15 pm

This so-called culture war over lgbt equality is so immersed in the religious angle and the “personal story” angle that there is scarcely attention paid to how anti-gay groups make attempts at either distorting scientific research or relying on junk science in order to denigrate the lgbt community.

FDL Movie Night: “A Very British Witchcraft” & “The Power of the Witch”

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:59 pm

Witchcraft. Some people believe in it. Some people laugh at it. Some people are afraid of it, even though they claim their various monotheist faiths are stronger. Our first documentary, A Very British Witchcraft, traces the origins of popular witchcraft, aka the Craft or Wicca, from its first codification in the 1940s through to modern day.

Eccentric scholar Gerald Gardner developed a religion based on folklore, folk tradition and Western esoteric traditions, with a healthy bit of Aleister Crowley thrown in. Using the archaeological and information available at the time, Gardner developed Wicca, a term supposedly traceable to the Anglo-Saxon for “wise” and allegedly whence came “witch.”

Well, it was only marginally less-offensive while it lasted

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 1:30 am

Well, yesterday morning it appeared that Uganda’s awful President would delay the signing of its reprehensible proposed law making being gay illegal. Forced, it appeared by the power of moral condemnation of the international community — including the American government.
Appeared being the operative word.

Operation “When will you stop paying attention?”

By: Monday February 24, 2014 1:30 am

The public outcry over Uganda’s newest round of American-evangelical inspired anti-gay laws has managed to get notice.

How Uganda ‘poo poo pastor’ Martin Ssempa tried to use anti-gay bill against other pastors

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 7:05 pm

With the awful situation in Uganda with that country’s president poised to sign the anti-gay persecution bill, (UPDATE – there are unconfirmed reports that he signed the bill) a reminder of how one of the proponents of the bill, Martin Ssempa, persuaded people to support this bill is in order.

Richard Branson: “Boycott Uganda Over Anti-LGBT Law”

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 4:32 pm

British billionaire Richard Branson called for a boycott of Uganda. The African nation’s parliament passed a bill that proposes a life sentence for certain homosexual acts. The bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people to the police.

Documentary Highlights Damage Done to Uganda by American Anti-Gay Right

By: Monday December 2, 2013 7:15 pm

The trailer of this documentary ‘God Loves Uganda’ is easily the most heartbreaking thing I have seen in a long time. This is what the American anti-gay right did to this country and it’s awful.

FDL Movie Night: Fire in the Blood

By: Monday September 2, 2013 4:59 pm

Fire in the Blood, written and directed by tonight’s guest Dylan Mohan Gray, takes a hard look at the politics of prescription drugs, specifically anti-retrovirals, the lifesaving “Lazarus drugs” that can save the lives of millions infected with the HIV virus. But up until 2003 these drugs were not available to the majority of the world’s HIV+ population, the hundreds of millions of black and brown people who live in the southern half of the globe.

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