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Humans and our institutions

I usually make a clear distinction between an institution itself and the people who make up that institution, because I always feel uncomfortable when people criticize institutions based on what its members do. This might sound weird; after all, an institution is its people, is it not? Well, not necessarily. The personal example for me,…

Critical thinking shapes religious experience on campus

Stanford’s religious culture is in many ways defined by its commitment to diversity: the University is overseen by three different chaplains, boasts over 30 student religious organizations and was founded as a non-religious institution. Stanford’s commitment to a liberal arts education, however, has also shaped the religious experience on campus by emphasizing critical thinking and…

Girl You Know It’s True: Juan Gone: The End of Juan Williams’ Reign of Terror at NPR

There you have it: saying that scary Muslims in their scary Muslim clothes (well, technically, it’s scary Islamic clothes) are scary is not bigoted. This is the part where, if I were looking to refute this point, I’d point out that the 9/11 hijackers were not wearing Muslim garb (whatever that means), or point to a counterexample (what if it were someone saying they were afraid of black/Latino/Mongolian people?) designed to blow your mind…