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Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam

Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Friends of Palestinian Ashraf Fayadh believe he is being punished for posting video showing religious police lashing a man in public
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How can the US continue to see Saudi Arabia as an ally when that country is capable of such barbarity against poetry? The country in which Islam should be most dedicated to looking at itself and exploring its own meaning has become the place in which change is least possible.

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His Name Is Nick. He'll Never Forget The Night A Stranger Decided To Call Him Something Else.

His Name Is Nick. He'll Never Forget The Night A Stranger Decided To Call Him Something Else. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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We must never forget the pain of a word; yes it can be just one word.

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Award-Winning Teacher Fired for Reading an Allen Ginsberg Poem

Award-Winning Teacher Fired for Reading an Allen Ginsberg Poem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Defenders of Connecticut teacher David Olio say one mistake shouldn’t have cost him his job. But why is the work of a towering figure of 20th-century American poetry out of bounds?
Kenneth Weene's insight:

What is happening to America? Are we afraid of sex? Are we afraid of individual's sexuality? I think not; I think we are afraid of thinking, of encouraging people to actually consider and discuss ideas. How sad that is for us as a nation. So long to literature, poetry, art, music, and all that enriches. The young people who are not encouraged to explore such ideas and such writing might have become the artists of the future, but they are being turned away by such political idiocy. I hope that at least one private school will hire Mr. Olio. Lord knows we need teachers like him.

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