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Religious Gas-Lighting

Reading Time: 6 minutes By Sarah Jane Braasch-Joy In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) Religionists are those who wish to make religious law the law of the land and impose their personal interpretations of religious law upon others. They come in many flavors, be they Christianists, Islamists, or what have you. The […]

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An Atheist’s Confession

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Sarah Jane Braasch-Joy In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) My beloved baby brother, Jacob, hung himself last year in my parents’ basement. I wouldn’t wish my pain on my worst enemy. It’s been a year and a half, and, sometimes, I still can’t get out of bed […]

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Walk Like An Egyptian

Reading Time: 6 minutes No Simo to be seen in Cairo, and God’s Son has no place in Madison By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) I am sure that most of you are aware of the massive grassroots demonstrations that have been taking place at the Wisconsin State Capitol […]

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Morality Has No Place in the Law

Reading Time: 12 minutes By Sarah Braasch “Surely if we have learned anything from the history of morals it is that the thing to do with a moral quandary is not to hide it.” —H.L.A. Hart “This lesson is that the distinguishing characteristics of true law must be sought for somewhere else than in the nature of the authority […]

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Gender Desegregation Wednesdays

Reading Time: 9 minutes By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) Kat and I were working on an English translation of a section of the French website for the women’s rights organization, Ni Putes Ni Soumises (NPNS – Neither Whores Nor Submissives). We were struggling with the word mixité. We […]

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Simo Says

Reading Time: 7 minutes By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) The other night I fled for my life. I fled a brawl in Paris. No, I didn’t get entangled in a drunken bar fight. Again. Actually, I was in an elementary school. Ni Putes Ni Soumises (NPNS – Neither […]

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Yes, That’s Me in the Burqa

Reading Time: 11 minutes By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) I am an incipient First Amendment lawyer and a staunch church-state separatist. I surpass even my most progressive friends and colleagues in my unflinching and unwavering support of the freedom of speech and expression, including religious expression. I am […]

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Magister Ludi Magisteria

Reading Time: 5 minutes By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (1/28/86 – 02/02/10) Masters of the shell game have been swindling and duping the overconfident and the ignorant for millennia. The game operator places a “pea” beneath one of three “shells”. The operator then shuffles the shells in front of the player […]

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I Hate You

Reading Time: 8 minutes By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) In an internet café in downtown Rabat in Morocco, a middle-aged, middle-class Muslim woman told me that her fondest wish would be to have all of the Arab nations rise up as one and slaughter every Jew on the […]

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