LTSP Blogs

Hope for East Africa--Andrew Ayeni (August 30, 2010)

With all the uproar over the "mosque at Ground Zero," it might have been easy to miss how deeply East Africa is, again, in trouble.  Sudan teeters on another civil war.  In Mogadishu, Somalia on August 24, more than two-dozen died in a paramilitary attack on a hotel just a half-mile from the presidential palace.  And the World Cup bombing in Kampala, Uganda killed over 70. 

The Most Acceptable Prejudice (On the Pedophilia Scandal)--October 20, 2005

One sad trend in the current controversy over pedophilia in the church is how it has encouraged yet another rank of people of privilege in America to represent themselves as victims.  Otherwise mature Americans, mostly white, mostly male, mostly well-off, mostly well-educated Catholic leaders--have taken to claiming prejudice.   Let’s cut through this nonsense:  despite the moral panic about pedophilia, and corresponding Catholic

The Religious Origins of the Nairobi Violence

I have been to Westgate Mall in Nairobi, the scene of the horrific hostage scenario perpetrated last week by the Somali Islamist organization al-Shabab that killed up to 150. In fact, I ran afoul of the security guards at the mall. I was simply trying to take pictures; something I’ve done in malls all over the world, as profiled in Helene Klodawsky’s documentary film Malls R Us, and in my book Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces.

Where Is Your Ethical Line?

Prisoners PosterWe saw the movie Prisoners this past weekend and I squirmed in my seat more than once. The movie is a tense psychological thriller about the lengths a father will go to when his daughter and her friend go missing while walking one day. The tension is palpable throughout the movie and the premise is one of my worst nightmares as a parent.