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Culture Wars

To Uphold Freedom of Speech, Go Listen to One You Don't Like

David Berreby | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
David Berreby

I am not suggesting that you read him because he's right, or even worth a lot of thought. I am suggesting you read it precisely because it will likely strike you as wrong, and perhaps outrageously so.

What's Brunch Got to Do With It: David Shaftel and the Youth of Today

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

What makes millennials so important, anyway? Why do they get to go to brunch and drink mimosas every Saturday while I have to take my stupid kid to the doctor and be all introspective?

Eliot Nelson

Lights! Camera! Jesus! How Christians Are Building Their Own Hollywood | Eliot Nelson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

Christian filmmakers are now a force to be reckoned with, and they hope to reach beyond their religious fans to a larger, less devout audience. (Illus...

Re-thinking Family Values

Sarah Key | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Sarah Key

Families like mine are the new reality in America. While pundits and politicians have used "family values" as an artificial dividing line in our nation, the kind of family they imagine is obsolete.

Ferguson Resulted From Republican Talking Points That Ignore the Economic Segregation of Blacks in America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Republicans should explain poverty using more words than "single mother" and "culture." The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a town with 75 percent African-American citizens and double the poverty rate of Missouri, is a testament to the economic segregation faced by black citizens.

American Family Values? Think Immigrant Women Leaders

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

For many successful conservative talk show hosts "family values" acquired an anti-immigrant meaning associated with gaining social and political power.

Breaking: The War Over Same Sex Marriage Has Been Won!

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The war for same gender marriage has been won. I received the news today. I didn't read it in the newspaper, didn't see it on the news crawl at the bottom of the screen on CNN. I heard the announcement from a 17 year-old kid, out in the middle of the rural midwest.

A New Generation Confronts the Culture War and Shrugs

Daniel Cox | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel Cox

Are Millennials interested in battling over issues of sexual morality and religious freedom? Cultural boundaries have shifted dramatically over the past several decades.

Gun Control: Getting Taken In by a Wedge Issue

Michael Goldstein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Decrying those who don't agree with our solution doesn't lead to change. It contributes to polarization, putting gun owners on the defensive in a way that makes it harder for moderates among them to join us in the little that could actually be done via a gun-control policy.

Why Hate Defeats Itself

James Peron | Posted 08.07.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Along came Anita Bryant with her Save Our Children crusade and enough was enough. This kid, steeped in Bible-believing, conservative fundamentalism, sat down and wrote a letter to the newspaper denouncing Bryant's intolerance. To say the least, it was noticed.

TV News & Upworthy Are Transforming Us All Into Dumb, Ill-Informed, Simple-Minded Sheep

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Michael Shammas

For the first time in my life, I can confidently say that most news is not making us smarter -- it is making us dumber.

In Defense of Light and Magic

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Dave Pruett

Originally, one attended a "university" to study the universe and to seek one's niche in it. The best universities are still such places, where the connections that bind us to one another and to the cosmos are unveiled. Being an educator -- helping students celebrate the mystery and explore the connections -- is, on good days, magical indeed.

Climate Change Is The Single Most Divisive Political Issue, Says Poll

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Climate change remains a divisive political issue, with a significant percentage of Republicans saying they don't believe the scient...

The Culture War and the Self-Destruction of Catholic Schools

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Catholic schools were once places where such questions could be openly pursued. But a culture war is ravaging the Catholic primary and secondary school systems of the United States.

Heaven Help Us: The Public Prayer Debate

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Whether a "ceremonial" prayer is really required to open a government meeting, yet alone makes any difference, seems a rather unimportant question given the serious challenges we face in this country these days but it does invite us to reflect on what is happening with regard to the separation of church and state -- one of the great innovations in governing.

Unsteady Halo: The Canonization of Pope John Paul II

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In retrospect, had John Paul II chosen to do what his immediate successor did -- retire at an appropriate time -- he would have stepped down around 1995. Our assessment would be different. But we must assess his legacy in its totality.

Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

Martin Marty | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

While scientists and partisans argue whether or not "abortion" is an appropriate definition for what birth control products actually do, public involvement tends to be less scientific than it is religio-political.

Love the Sinner? Love the Sin! Why Christians Should Make Cakes for Gay Weddings

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Christians are in the news again. This is almost never good. I mean, I love my people. Really! I am one of my people! But we are idiots sometimes. Once again, we are taking a stand against "immorality" and "godlessness."

It Ain't All Duck Dynasty Out Here

Anthony Flaccavento | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Anthony Flaccavento

What the small businesses of Arizona, the farmers of Missouri and the coal miners of southwest Virginia are not, is stupid. The zealots in the Arizona legislature may have finally awakened this bunch, which might well be more than they'd bargained for.

Are Conservatives Eager to Reunite the Academic Culture Wars ?

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 04.22.2014 | College
Elwood D. Watson

Including divergent perspectives in the college curriculum not "political correctness," it is acknowledging the significant contributions that Americans of all races, ethnicities, religions sexual persuasions and regions have made to our society.

What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Sin

Micah J. Murray | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

In culture war clashes, the word "sin" gets flung around loosely -- many Christians claim to "call a sin a sin," "take a stand against sin," and not "enable or aid sin." If I were to simply observe the issues on which Christians "take a stand," I'd conclude that the entire doctrine of sin is concerned primarily with sexual activity.

Pope Francis on Marriage, Annulments, and the Good Judge

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

This is not a speech likely to gain much attention in the United States. It is available only in Italian, although an English translation will doubtlessly be forthcoming. But it is a speech with potentially large implications for the direction Pope Francis hopes to move the Church.

Shadow Over Springfield: The Failures of a Warrior Bishop

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has recently been in the news for staging a public exorcism on the day Gov. Pat Quinn signed marriage equality into law in Illinois. Bishop Paprocki's actions raise a few questions: What is the state of his diocese? If it is in decline, then why?

Weaponizing Santa, Weaponizing Jesus

Greg Carey | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

So what was Megyn Kelly doing in her rebuttal of Aisha Harris? She was stirring up animosity among older white people that someone would dare challenge white Santa. Kelly even went a step farther: she threw Jesus into the mix. Let's not touch white Jesus.

Jon Bonné's The New California Wine: Worthy Effort Despite Simplistic Polemics

Richard Jennings | Posted 02.11.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

The style is crisp and compelling, as is the case with Jon's Chronicle features.