thetechnicolortrenchcoat:

Today is Copernicus’s 541th birthday. You may remember Copernicus as the man who said “Hey, what if the Earth went around the sun?” To which the Catholic Church replied “Hey, what if we set you on fire?” 

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Tags: science

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My mind once told me to learn:
Learn from the people around you, learn from the people before you, just…learn. The devil’s games are nothing new- many have been his victims before you. Look for the pattern, keep yourself ten steps ahead of it, and annihilate him at his own game. He is only as strong as your weakest actions.

My soul once told me to seek:
Do not cage me, set me free. The water isn’t always ice cold out there. You will break and you will heal. Your fortitude will sprout immunity to the pain…eventually. It is not my purpose to be protected, to stare outside the windows of your eyes at the same desk from 9 am to 5 pm. It is not my purpose to be burdened with the anxieties of your next exam or paper. My purpose is to grow, to expand, to find Peace. Do not starve me. Even within the walls of the prison we are both in, I ask you to seek. Seek, and you shall find.

My heart once told me to reflect:
I am your safe haven. Your mind and soul are your legs, and I am the ground beneath you. I keep you firm and balanced and consistently compromise with the universal laws of gravity to keep you from drifting into the unknown. The ground beneath you bears your physical weight, yet I am the bearer of the weight no other organ has the capacity to hold. Your desires, your aversions, your rage, and your faith are all confined within me. So allow me to be your sail, as this life is much like an ocean: Learn about its depths with your mind, seek the beauty of those depths with your soul, and your heart’s reflections will become your compass directing you Home- no matter how far you stray.

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— contemplations between the mind, heart, and soul (via faraa—faraway)

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queermuslims:

The Association Francophone de Boston University has organized a three-day event on Homosexuality and Islam to be held on April 21, 22 and 23. We at the Association Francophone de Boston University hope that our event will achieve three main goals: 1) to provoke a real debate and discussion on the subject on Homosexuality and Islam; 2) to promote an alternative, and long overdue, reading of sexuality in Islam; and 3) to display a more liberal, progressive Islamic view on this question.Events and LocationsApril 21 at 6PM: Keynote by Denis Provencher (In English)Room 216College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)Boston University685-725 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215April 22 at 6PM: Informal Discussion with Ludovic Zahed (In French)Room 527College of General Studies (CGS)Boston University871 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215April 23 at 6PM: Panel Discussion with Ludovic Zahed and Ani Zonneveld (In English)Room 211College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)Boston University685-725 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215SpeakersLudovic Zahed is from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and author of Le Coran et la Chair, as well as the founder of the first gay-friendly mosque in Paris. Zahed speaks in favor of an Islam which would not be homophobic or misogynistic. He has declared that if the prophet Muhammad were alive, he would be marrying homosexual couples.Denis M. Provencher is Associate Professor of French and Intercultural Communication, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is currently finishing a new book based on language, sexuality, Islam, and Maghrebi cultures in France.Ani Zonneveld is the president and co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a non-profit organization in the United States, Canada, and Europe, which supports interfaith marriages, gay marriages, gender & sexual minorities, as well as sectarian minorities. Zonneveld will be speaking via Skype.SponsorsBU Student Academic Enhancement FundAfrican Studies Center, Boston UniversityBU Study AbroadBU Romance Studies DepartmentGreater Boston PFLAGBU Department of International Relations

queermuslims:

The Association Francophone de Boston University has organized a three-day event on Homosexuality and Islam to be held on April 21, 22 and 23. 

We at the Association Francophone de Boston University hope that our event will achieve three main goals: 1) to provoke a real debate and discussion on the subject on Homosexuality and Islam; 2) to promote an alternative, and long overdue, reading of sexuality in Islam; and 3) to display a more liberal, progressive Islamic view on this question.

Events and Locations

April 21 at 6PM: Keynote by Denis Provencher (In English)

Room 216
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Boston University
685-725 Commonwealth Ave 
Boston, MA 02215

April 22 at 6PM: Informal Discussion with Ludovic Zahed (In French)

Room 527
College of General Studies (CGS)
Boston University
871 Commonwealth Avenue 
Boston, MA 02215

April 23 at 6PM: Panel Discussion with Ludovic Zahed and Ani Zonneveld (In English)

Room 211
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Boston University
685-725 Commonwealth Ave 
Boston, MA 02215

Speakers

Ludovic Zahed is from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and author of Le Coran et la Chair, as well as the founder of the first gay-friendly mosque in Paris. Zahed speaks in favor of an Islam which would not be homophobic or misogynistic. He has declared that if the prophet Muhammad were alive, he would be marrying homosexual couples.

Denis M. Provencher is Associate Professor of French and Intercultural Communication, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is currently finishing a new book based on language, sexuality, Islam, and Maghrebi cultures in France.

Ani Zonneveld is the president and co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a non-profit organization in the United States, Canada, and Europe, which supports interfaith marriages, gay marriages, gender & sexual minorities, as well as sectarian minorities. Zonneveld will be speaking via Skype.

Sponsors

BU Student Academic Enhancement Fund
African Studies Center, Boston University
BU Study Abroad
BU Romance Studies Department
Greater Boston PFLAG
BU Department of International Relations

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This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

"

Rumi

transl. Coleman Barks

uncultured:

There was a pride parade in Bangladesh. The first ever. This is the reaction from Bengalis.

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Tags: peace

hreny:

this cartoon was real

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Tags: haha

(Source: icymomo, via letsmakeloaf)

Tags: haha

I’m writing my essay on cyber-bullying right now

and there was this article that said “anon hate hurts us because when we read it, we don’t hear the attacker’s voice, we hear our own”

and that’s a really good observation.

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