Posted inLGBTQ

Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ bill and (particularly American) Christianity’s enduring power to compel evil

Reading Time: 4 minutes In some ways, the malign influence of Christianity makes the entire planet unsafe—the alliance between US fundamentalists seeking to bring on the Second Coming and Jewish fanatics in Israel and Palestine is just one example, and it nicely demonstrates that the outsize power of America gives its many fundamentalists global reach, too. This is why […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Did it work? Iraq 20 years after the US invasion

Reading Time: 11 minutes March 20 marks two decades since the beginning of the US-led invasion of Iraq. In those 20 years, it has become de rigueur to malign the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the attempt to build a free and prosperous Iraq. Such critics often tell us that the intervention was always going to fail and that this failure was utterly foreseeable, that nothing but catastrophe could come of invading. But ‘catastrophic’ is too mild a word to describe the state of Iraq since 2003.

Posted inFree Expression

Love and anger, liberty and literature: a personal response to the attack on Salman Rushdie

Reading Time: 6 minutes OnlySky · Love and anger: a personal response to the attack on Salman Rushdie | Daniel James Sharp On the afternoon of August 12, I opened my phone to absent-mindedly scroll through the endless drivel of Facebook. But almost as soon as I began, I stopped. A post containing “Salman Rushdie stabbed,” or words to […]

Posted inWar and Peace

A horrific ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya shows the limits of our moral attention

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2019, a brutal ‘gay purge’ took place in the Russian republic of Chechnya. It was not the first. Since 2017, gay men have been hunted, abducted, and tortured by the Chechen authorities. Some have been murdered. The story was briefly covered by Western media. Thinking that the return (yet again) of concentration camps to […]

Posted inReligion

Joseph Ratzinger, God’s own monster: An obituary before the fact

Reading Time: 13 minutes OnlySky · Joseph Ratzinger, God's own monster: An obituary before the fact | Daniel James Sharp When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, boarded the plane at Ciampino Airport, Rome, he wondered if he would be greeted by stern-faced German policemen when he landed in Munich. Since giving up his job as God’s […]

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