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The Partially Examined Life | A Philosophy Podcast and Philosophy Blog GOATMILK: An intellectual playground edited by Wajahat Ali LGBTQ Student Rights Harassment of LGBTQ Students All students have the right to be treated equally and to be free from bullying, harassment and discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Respecting Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Students' Rights Transgender and gender non-conforming students have the right to be respected and to dress and act in ways that don’t conform to stereotypes associated with their gender. Transgender students also have to the right to be referred to by their pronoun of choice, and to wear clothes and ac­cess spaces such as locker rooms and restrooms that fit their gender identity. Freedom of Speech and Expression You have the right to be “out” and to be yourself at school. Privacy and "Outing" Students You have a right to keep your LGBTQ identity private, which means that school staff cannot “out” you without your permission, except under very limited circumstances. Gay-Straight Alliances Unbiased and LGBTQ Inclusive Instruction The genocide of the Jews of Europe: The Holocaust The word Holocaust (from Greek ‘holos’ meaning ‘complete’ and ‘kaustos’ meaning ‘burned’) has become the preferred name for the Nazis’ systematic genocide of some six million Jews during World War II. The Nazis themselves used the euphemism ‘the Final Solution of the Jewish Question’, while ‘Shoah’ is the contemporary Jewish-Hebrew name for the catastrophe. The Nazi race policy did not only hit the Jews. Besides the over 6 million Jewish victims, between 100,000-200,000 gypsies were persecuted and murdered. 40 Questions, 40 Answers Have Jews and Muslims always been each other's enemies? Muslims and Jews in History The historical interaction of Judaism and Islam started in the seventh century with the origin and spread of Islam in the Arabian peninsula. Who are the Jews ? We all have our prejudices, our presumptions, our mental collection of hearsay, rumours, myths, and stereotypes.

Only A. Guy | Proverbs 16:18 Heterodoxology Stopping Oppression: An Islamic Obligation The Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations is the country’s oldest center for such study. The Macdonald Center challenges scholars, students, the media and the general public to move beyond stereotypes and develop an accurate awareness and appreciation of Islamic religion, law and culture. It is committed to the premise that through intensive study and academically guided dialogue, mutual respect and cooperation between Muslims and Christians can and must develop. The Macdonald Center is an academic unit within Hartford Seminary dedicated to scholarly research, teaching and publication. It is responsible for the Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations Master of Arts program, a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, the Islamic Chaplaincy program, the Ph.D. program in Islamic Studies and numerous global study tours. teaching, publication and communication with the public. Partnerships and Resources Study Tour

Julie’s Jewels | Social Workers Speak Energy Healing Transmissions You are here: Tian Gong Practice > Energy Healing Transmissions A Unique Type of Energy Work in the Qigong Tradition The essence of Chinese culture lies in its understanding of the oneness between humans and the Universe. The Qi Gong culture, which goes back thousands of years, is a manifestation of this oneness. In the west, Qi Gong is becoming more and more popular as people everywhere yearn for a greater connection to the Universe. Tian Gong Qigong energy transmissions are different from those in many other qigong practices because they connect the work of healing the physical illnesses of the body with the healing of the soul. In addition to the daily practices which focus on cultivating the health of the body, the Universe has communicated directly with the Grandmaster and Masters of Tian Gong to bring about special energetic healing methods. These pure energies bring about healing from the source of physical and soul illnesses which may be particularly stubborn. Seeing the Soul’s Past

Crosswalk Atheist Nexus Siti Musdah Mulia: A courageous woman JP/M. Azis Tunny Siti Musdah Mulia is no stranger to human rights. Some will remember her for arguing in 2008 that homosexuality had its place within Islam. Inspired by former president and respected Muslim leader Abdurahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, the 52-year-old recipient of the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award leads a tireless fight for the rights of minorities. But it all just seems like second nature to her. “What I am doing is merely answering a humanitarian call,” she told The Jakarta Post after speaking at a workshop on religious issues in Makassar last week. Musdah, who received the Woman of The Year 2009 award from the Italian government for her commitment to women’s rights, grew up in a religious family in the homogeneous community of Bone, South Sulawesi. She didn’t accidentally stumble into human right activism. One of the rights she is fighting for is the state’s guarantee of freedom of religion. “They are deprived of their rights.

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