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Jonathan Wolfman is a social justice essayist. His new collection, "Passionate Justice: A Progressive Memoir in Essays," is just out from The Educational Publisher. He has taught humanities in the United States and in China. He helped several former students leave Beijing after the army massacre of 3,000 pro-democracy demonstrators in June, 1989. He lives in North Bethesda, Md.

Entries by Jonathan Wolfman

Range Wars, Oregon Squatters' Solidarity, Its Deepest Absurdity

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 11:24 AM

The feigned solidarity of the Oregon squatters and their offer to end the Great Beer & Pizza Siege of '16 is upended by what these people never care to learn because they disdain it: history. Among the more risible pieces of a-historical rubbish Ammon Bundy's thrown out along with his...

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Voter ID Laws Are That Flag on Statehouse Lawns

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Again, before we go all to smash, become childishly weepy-eyed over South Carolina and a flag that should have been relegated to museum-only viewing and private, family ownership 150 summers back, consider the syllogism:

  • A South Carolina Senator is running for president.
  • The demographics, even in the South, are changing...
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In Your Name: Letter From a Gay Ugandan Who Fled for His Life

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:30 PM

I'm on the board of St. Paul's Voice Centre, Kampala, Uganda, an LGBT civil rights and educational organization. St. Paul's director, the Reverend Patrick McCarthy, won the 2013 Makwan Prize, an international award given yearly to a ground-breaking human rights risk-taker. Since the new, incredibly vicious anti-homosexual laws have taken...

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Where Your In-Laws May Veto Your Abortion?

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:22 AM

They swept to majorities in the House and state legislatures in 2010 dedicated, they said, to putting our finances in order. Instead, of course, they voted to shut down the government and threatened (and as yet promise) to end government and any reason for having one by voting to default...

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ADD/ADHD, the Industry and One of My Kids

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:27 AM

As television and magazine adverts for ADD/ADHD meds have increased significantly, and as debates over them and the authenticity of the condition itself do continue, I'm put in mind of the precise instant I decided the issue, for some children, went well beyond 'antsy', 'forgetful', 'inattentive', 'poor behavior', when it...

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At the Holiday Season: What This Jew Believes About Jesus

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 8:14 AM

From the jump, let me say that what I believe about the man is not devotional. I don't hold with the idea that any remotely Jewish notion of God -- and we do know that he emerges, in Christian texts themselves, wholly sprung from Judaism -- can sustain the idea...

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Global Warming and America's Slaveholders

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 5:24 AM

Those who say we needn't care much about warming because it's a cyclical, natural phenomenon miss the point entirely. The issue isn't whether or not there's cyclical global warning every so-many tens of thousands of years or even eons.


We're living in a time when, even if that's so...

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The Moral Core of the Current Health Care Debate

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 7:23 PM

The problem at the core of the Affordable Care Act isn't a set of computer glitches more or less predictable given its rush-to-market. The crux of the issue isn't even the fallout of the needless complexity Mr. Obama's hybrid government/private insurer compromise the model itself engenders, such as far less...

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Justice and Equality in New Jersey: The Governor's Motives Don't Matter

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:16 PM

America doesn't do sea-change: by increments we move to extend justice. We tend not to grow as a result in changes of the heart, in response to trumpet-calls.

Here we do not reform our laws in response to changes in our hearts or in our understandings so much as...

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Of Sexuality, Prophets, and Food Stamps

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Contrary to received popular wisdom (almost never correct) Sodom's sin was not sexual perversion but our sin, a sin deeply worse and far more depraved. After all, think: sexuality to which some in authority will object occurs everywhere and in every generation; it's not that remarkable. Sodomites simply could not...

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Now Imagine the Child Is White

(67) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 7:12 PM

Atlanta, in part because it was somewhat less dependent on the plantation economy, more commercially diverse than other antebellum southern cities, saw less (although not always dramatically less) racist violence before the Civil War and after it was sacked and burned in 1864, during the Reconstruction period, up through the...

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Political Correctness Takes a Toddler Victim

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Some years back I wrote a piece about PC-Gone Wild, about a venerable, 300-some year-old yet decidedly progressive independent school where I witnessed a middle division head admonish a girl drawing a picture to illuminate a scene from a great children's literature offering her class had been reading. The division...

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Why I'm an LGBT Activist Against a U.S. Boycott of the Russian Olympics

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 7:42 PM

I've wrestled with the idea of lending my own activist voice and pen to that prong of the LGBT civil rights movement calling for a United States boycott of the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. After all, it's not as if the Russian government and the Orthodox Church, their at-best...

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Misogyny, Not So Much Homophobia, Is the Church's Root Issue Needing a Solution

(29) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 6:41 PM

The news that Pope Francis has, tentatively, begun to alter the official tone, if you will, as to the intrinsic worth LGBT individuals is significant if only because, over time, changes in age-old institutional tone, if consistent, tend to precede improvement in behavior. That said, however ameliorative Francis' acknowledgement of...

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Giving Sexual Bigotry Its Due

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Nearly every day at a variety of LGBT civil rights online venues, I read excellent pieces, news items from across the globe highlighting gains that activists, gay and straight, make, from national and provincial and state legislatures to city councils and small-town halls. Of course, I also read pieces pointing...

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Mr. Gay USA and Me

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 6:16 PM

Ex-Marine Matt Simmons is a fearless Marine vet and the new Mr. Gay World/USA. I almost was. Sort of. (See below).

And the similarities don't sop there!

. We're both Americans.

. I am, as he is, male.

. I, like Mr. Simmons, have...

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'States' Rights,' a Preposterous Fraud in the Service of Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 2:54 PM

Among my mother's commitments was her activism on behalf of prisoners whose basic human rights were systematically trampled. When she died, in 1973, our family established in her name a prisoner's rights fund that would allow University of Pennsylvania law school students to work for people who, despite juries having...

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The Church Should Take Responsibility for Its Pedophiles

(38) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 2:36 PM

My hometown, Philadelphia, became known over the past decade for its criminally accused and criminally liable priests, 37 of them. One of them, Monsignor William Lynn, the first member of the U.S. Catholic Church hierarchy to suffer a conviction in the scandal, is serving a serious prison term not for...

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Witness: To Be With Jesus' Companions After the Crucifixion

(40) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 7:57 AM

I'd love to have known, to have witnessed, any number of people, places, events throughout history.

I'd love to have been with King David when, it's said, he had transient possession of God's (and Indy's) Ark.

I'd feel privileged to have had a safe Gettysburg perch those first three...

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