Mariam is a Pashtun, humanist, socialist, rock climber, women’s rights advocate, and refugee activist, who has spent her life working to empower women, children, refugees and ex-Muslims. A refugee from the Taliban, she is now living in the United States and is a strong advocate of the ban on full face covering as it devalues, degrades, and dehumanize women and is a key national security issue. We discuss with Mariam how the ideology of hijab limits a woman’s access to education, work and healthcare.
In this, the 182nd installment of LoRD, the Legion of Reason Diversion, Kris, Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson share relevant news items in another potpourri episode: Duke University’s Women’s Center is offering men a nine-week reprogramming to get in touch with their feminine side; a theater group in Bristol canceled their production of Aida because no Ancient Egyptians were cast; a new clinical trial at McMaster University in Ontario is testing the efficacy of homeopathic vaccines known as “nosodes”; disturbing anti-Muslim posters were found on the University of Calgary campus and a “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing student at Mount Royal University in another part of the city was accosted by an outraged student; a local Anglican church blesses dogs, cats and even lizards this week; a boycott of next year’s women’s world chess championships in Iran is in the works as all women competing will be required to wear the hijab. And of course we couldn’t leave The Donald out of our discussion. Meow!