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American Values

GOP Terrorists Blow Up Statue of Liberty

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Robert S. McElvaine

While Mr. Trump and others say "We have to be strong," they call for cowardice and giving ISIS exactly what its crazed adherents want: Americans abandoning our basic principles fundamentally changing our way of life.

Let's Actually Live Our American Values

Maggie Neilson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Maggie Neilson

I genuinely believe that human beings wake up each morning wanting to be good people, to do the right thing. Some of us even have lofty - maybe even cliché - aspirations of leaving the world a better place than we found it. Which is why it is baffling to witness U.S. leaders callously turn away refugees.

My Head Tells Me to Fear the Refugees, My Heart Tells Me to Love Them

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

A friend told me the other day that her daughter cancelled her flight to come home for Thanksgiving because she feared another Paris-like attack in this country. She's driving, instead.

A 1950s Superman Poster Says What We All Need To Hear About American Values Right Now

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

With leading presidential candidates floating the idea of a database to track Muslims, media moguls lobbying to bar people of certain r...

This Has Been a Bad Week for Team America

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Taylor Dibbert

Xenophobic thinking is a cancer on American society and inimical to global peace and stability. While we'll never completely eradicate this sort bigotry, it's imperative that we turn things around -- and soon.

Americans Aren't Sure Anything In America Works Anymore

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

Here's a brief, non-exhaustive list of things that a new poll says Americans don't have much faith in: the government, businesses, the economy, the p...

The Religious and Gay Marriage Can Co-exist Within America's Shared Values

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Stuart Muszynski

I practice my religion to the fullest within the protections of the freedoms of our country. But, where I differ with those who would deprive gay Americans of their personal and religious freedom - including the right of marriage - is that my belief or practice does not impinge on the rights of others.

Does the Ashley Madison Hack Spell the End for Monogamous Marriage?

Meredith Masony | Posted 08.24.2015 | Media
Meredith Masony

I am concerned that is will mark the end of the institution of marriage as we know it. And to think that right wing politicians and religious evangelists wanted to blame gay marriage for the destruction of traditional American values. Traditional American values in small town USA did that all on their own.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

The Economics of Morality

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.

America Has Lost Its Soul

Tim Arnold | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Tim Arnold

Are we the nation that will follow the lead of the peaceful protesters, reconsider our values and trumpet a new civil-rights era? Will newly-empowered Republicans support such a thing?

Let Bill Maher Speak -- Islam Supports Free Speech

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Freedom of speech is an exceptional American value, indeed, that is what separates us from the rest of the world. I urge the University not to ban free speech, let Bill Maher speak, and let students bring Reza Aslan or myself to speak against Bill Maher's non-sense talk.

#1 Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In America right now there's a battle that needs to be fought and won in our political arena. It's a battle over what kind of country, and what kind of planet, our children and grandchildren will live in.

Celebrating Nosy Neighbors

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.03.2014 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

As America becomes a country plagued by community violence, mass shootings, school shootings and missing children, we must also become a country of nosy neighbors. Vigilance works. It's really up to us.

Marriage and Happiness: David Blankenhorn Interviews Charles Murray

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Can Charles Murray help us be happy? Curmudgeon, yes. Conservative, yes. Happy? As Andy Kline succinctly writes: It is widely agreed, by friend a...

Is the Marriage Gap Driving Inequality? David Blankenhorn Interviews Lawrence Mead

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Marriage has become a profound, if paradoxical, bell weather of our culture; for 21st century Americans it seems that marriage is at the same time both indispensable and disposable, acclaimed by all and unachievable by a majority. Discerning why this is so requires honest and patient conversation.

Saving Lives Verses Driveway Mildew -- Our Skewed Values

Constance Spencer | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Constance Spencer

I had just left a group of the most compassionate and generous people, both villagers and visitors, in the poorest of areas who represented the best in human nature, to return to face the opposite in a country of such affluence. What direction has our society taken?

Look at America. What Do You see?

Wayne Baker | Posted 04.27.2014 | Media
Wayne Baker

I've learned that there is a way to calm those fears and get people to risk sharing their deep feelings about this country. One reliable way is to say: Just stop and look. Just stop and look at America.

Military Core Values: They Don't Exist

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Military personnel must understand values all Americans share, but recognize how their responsibilities change with their oath. Every military initiative in the area of morals and ethics must be grounded in the core values that flow from that oath.

Grateful for the Lemons Life Gives Us

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

How we each can lift ourselves above the fray -- life's circumstances, negativity and excuses -- is the true message of Thanksgiving that I see. Because, if we're truly thankful, then we will know that our lives have a higher purpose, and our expression of gratitude is to live out that purpose.

Incognito, Martin and the 'Rules of the Game'

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Stuart Muszynski

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident -- both on and off the field -- reveals a culture where the "rules of the game" at best tolerated and at worst endorsed a "Wild West" culture of meanness, hazing, bullying and anything-goes.

Have Some Fun, Smash a Slot Machine

David Blankenhorn | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
David Blankenhorn

Leaders like La Guardia smashed slot machines because slot machines take money from the vulnerable and poor and deliver a large portion of the take to politicians.

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

Syria: A Question of Balancing America's Values

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Will we lead the world to prevent more chemical warfare, especially against innocent children or will we turn a deaf ear? Will we defer to our lowest values or lift up our highest ideals?

What Americans Can Learn from the Japanese

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

I recently took a trip to Japan, and got a first hand look at this centuries-old culture. Although only there for a week, it was enough time to leave a hugely positive impression and inspired thinking about what we as Americans can learn from the Japanese.