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Dale Hansen
Dale Hansen is a political blogger for the Detroit News

Entries by Dale Hansen

Conservatives' Love of Police and Hate for Teachers Exposes an Embarrassing Hypocrisy

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:16 AM

Late last month a Virginia State Trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, rather than addressing this as the tragic and senseless event that it is, conservative media outlets like Fox News are attempting to paint this singular attack as an epidemic with headlines like "

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Bernie Sanders Isn't the Socialist Candidate Conservatives Should Be Scared Of

(11) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 9:50 AM

Bernie Sanders calls himself a Democratic Socialist. This is music to the ears of many Republicans who pretend that Sanders wants to turn the U.S. into the next Venezuela and claim that Sanders' supporters don't understand history or economics, because in their minds socialism is an unmitigated disaster. While this...

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Response to Beyoncé Shows How Far We Still Have to Go

(8) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 2:25 PM

Police across America have decided enough is enough. They are tired of being held accountable for their actions and have decided the best way to clean up their image is to boycott pop singer Beyoncé. The Miami chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police said the reason for the boycott...

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Conservative Fear-mongering Hurts Muslim Assimilation

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 8:17 AM

It is human nature to fear things we don't understand. Unfortunately, too often, rather than recognizing this issue and taking steps to become informed, many look for opportunities to justify their fear and the bigotry it creates. This mentality can be seen in the rhetoric around immigrants from Mexico, where...

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Christian Persecution Is a Self-Inflicted Fallacy

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 9:58 AM

A growing number of Christians in America feel they are being persecuted. Some of the examples they give to prove Christianity is under attack include the war on Christmas where nativity scenes are shamefully made to exist in the same public space as other religious symbols while some companies refuse...

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Conservatives Should Be Embarrassed by Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

(5) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 8:40 AM

Most Americans seem to agree that the world would be a better place without extremist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Unfortunately, rather than having a substantive conversation on solutions, talking heads in the media resort to hateful rhetoric and fear-mongering.

A recent example of this uninformed...

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No, Obama Will Not Take Your Guns Away

(46) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 2:47 PM

In the U.S. there is nothing quite like the unwavering support for the 2nd amendment. One need look no further than the President's recent executive actions on gun sales and the reaction from the Republican presidential candidates - most of which came before the actions were ever announced.

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Conservative Media Coverage of Missouri University Protests Is Embarrassing

(21) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 8:21 AM

The conservative media isn't a big fan of discussing racism. They are however very eager to discuss all of the reasons people shouldn't be talking about racism. The diversionary tactics include such classics as "playing the race card," "black on black crime," "White guilt," "I have a black friend" as...

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Christian Persecution Peddlers Want Special Treatment -- Not Religious Freedom

(139) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 8:36 AM

Christian persecution has become a new religion for many. These people take it on faith that a war on Christianity is being waged in America. The reality is, the only war being waged right now is one to define the religious freedoms afforded to Americans by the Constitution. Despite this...

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Christians Still Fail to Understand Religious Freedom

(962) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 2:17 PM

The conservative media is always looking for a reason to be outraged. Unfortunately, the origin of the outrage is often a lack of information. For example, Megyn Kelly of Fox News took to the air earlier this week to discuss a court case that she feels proves President Obama and...

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Republican Hypocrisy Helps Criminals Get Guns

(57) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 1:31 PM

When it comes to gun regulations Republicans have a lot of concerns. While having your rights restricted is obviously an issue for most Americans, nearly every proposal aimed at reducing gun violence has corresponding Republican-backed legislation that should ease the concerns of the "they're coming to take my guns" crowd.

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NRA Isn't Serious About Stopping Gun Violence

(86) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 1:48 PM

The senseless shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has left Americans with many questions. The biggest of which is how can we prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future. Despite this shared goal, the resulting discussions have exposed just how deep the divide is when it...

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For Republicans, Killing Unions Is More Important Than Improving Education

(55) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:34 PM

If you care about the future of education in the U.S. then the Republican Presidential debates have been a massive disappointment. The problem is that the candidates all believe the same thing, so there is nothing to debate. In fact, through two debates, education has only come up once. Unfortunately,...

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Yes There Is a Constitutional Separation of Church and State

(72) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 7:29 PM

Perhaps nothing is more important to American politics than a well-reasoned debate. Unfortunately, far too many people are ill-informed to make such discussions possible.

An excellent example of this comes from the responses to an article I wrote examining the concerns of conservative Christians over Tennessee schools' teaching the...

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Fox News Explains the Dangers of Christianity in Public Schools

(536) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 7:22 PM

Liberals have spent a lot of time over the past few decades trying to explain to Conservative Christians the importance of the separation of church and state. Unfortunately, either from obstinance or ignorance, many Christians believe that not only should this constitutionally mandated separation not exist but that it is...

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What Conservative Media Don't Understand About Black Lives Matter

(33) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 7:23 PM

The conservative media seems to have a distorted understanding of what the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement stands for. Despite having a clearly defined list of goals, talking heads like Bill O'Reilly are attempting to blame BLM for the recent police officer deaths.

While the...

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The Dumbest Argument Supporting Chick-fil-A's Stance Against Marriage Equality

(107) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Sometimes Conservative talking heads promote a story without taking any time to see if the moral of the story fits their narrative. An excellent example of this comes from Allen West website editor-in-chief, Michele Hickford, who recently penned an article titled "Liberals start screaming: Chick-fil-A restaurant owner does the...

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Republican Education Policy is Idiotic

(10) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 2:03 PM

Titan of industry, Henry Ford, once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." For an example of a group that has proven to ironically learn nothing from its past mistakes, one need look no further than the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Planned Parenthood Might Not Exist if Not for Archaic Conservative Policies

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Looking for any opportunity to make abortions illegal, conservative politicians and media outlets are seizing on a recent series of videos of Planned Parenthood staff discussing the sale of fetal tissue and organs. While the conversations certainly come across as callous and disturbing, at this point there is no proof...

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크리스천이라는 사실이 당신에게 남을 차별할 권리를 주는 것은 아니다

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 3:26 AM

최근 보수파들은 불법적으로 차별할 권리를 강하게 주장해왔다. 그들은 그걸 '종교의 자유'라고 부른다. 문제는, 이 보수 세력들은 누구의 권리를 이야기하느냐에 따라 다른 기준을 적용한다는 것이다.

여기에 대한 완벽한 예는 자유 수호 연합(Alliance Defending Freedom)의 양심의 자유(Freedom of Conscience Initiative) 디렉터 제레미 테데스코가 최근에 쓴 '극좌의 법적 목표가 모두의 자유를 위험하게 한다'라는...

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