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Declaration of Independence

Dare To Be 100: Tom Jefferson's Edit

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The high point of our family July 4 every year is the reading of the Declaration of Independence by good friend Dave Ross. He reads the magnificent w...

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness: An American Muslim Perspective

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 07.04.2016 | Religion
Zainab Chaudry

As we celebrate America's independence, we can best express our patriotism by uniting together in steadfast solidarity against bigotry and xenophobia. That is the first step to fulfilling the promises of the Declaration of Independence, safeguarding our Constitution, and preserving the founding ideals of our nation.

A Declaration Of Inclusion On Independence Day

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

In this spirit and for this great purpose, it's time for our nation's leaders to affirm the universal application of our democratic principles by denouncing the politics of exclusion and standing for inclusion.

The Surprising Facts Of Independence Day

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

One seemingly mythic fact is surprisingly true: both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day -- July 4th, 1826 -- the 50th anniversary of Dunlop's dating and printing of The Declaration of Independence.

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Celebrate And Share Your Patriotism On July 4th

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

July Fourth celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It's a showcase for patriotism. But what does all of this really mean? Patrio...

Consequences Of Freedom

William E. White | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
William E. White

With Independence Day looming, we hear a lot about "freedom." The holiday is our national celebration of freedom and the word echoes through our consciousness like no other. But this year, I hope we stop and really consider the meaning of freedom.

God Bless The Religious Values Of The Declaration of Independence

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Let us celebrate the Declaration of Independence that brought America into being. And especially now, at a time when mockery, derision, scorn, and contempt dominate our public discourse, let all Americans affirm the central truth of the Declaration: We are all children of God and equal in God's sight.

Understanding The Second Amendment: Why Yesterday's Rights About Guns And Militias Don't Make Sense Today

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Bernard Starr

The right of militias, which were made up of individuals in towns all over the thirteen colonies, to own guns makes a lot of sense when understood in historical context.

Remembering, Reclaiming and Honoring Our Roots

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the past year, we have seen a welcome surge, prodded by new books on slavery, campus debates, and student protests, of new commitments by some universities and other institutions to confront the truth about their own histories, especially the ugly legacies of slavery and Native American genocide.

5 Essentials to Achieving Something More Than Happiness

Tor Constantino | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Tor Constantino

But contentment does require intentional choice and directed effort. Here are five steps that anyone can take toward that goal.

Are Microsoft and Apple Defending Our Constitution?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember King George III? If not, thanks to Broadway, we can stream his tunes on the sublime "Hamilton" soundtrack for a little recall. Of course that...

The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."--Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016) When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ...

Dehumanization Is Our Weapon of Mass Destruction

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that ...

Justice Scalia, Queen Anne, and the Pragmatics of Interpretation

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Pragmatics recognizes that speaker meaning can differ from (and even contradict) linguistic meaning, including the literal meaning of text.

Dangerous Speech: Would the Founders Be Considered Domestic Extremists Today?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we negotiate the Constitution, or do we embrace it, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, no matter how hateful or ugly it gets, and no matter how much we may dislike its flag-bearers?

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

A Time to Speak Out Against Islamophobia

Terry Newell | Posted 12.13.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

I have always been proud to be an American. I am not so proud right now, as waves of intolerance against Islam and Muslims wash across our landscape. To remain silent is to acquiesce in what is taking place.

America as a "Christian Nation" Doesn't Ring Historically True

Craig Considine | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Let us be clear in dealing with Ben Carson and other people on the Christian Right. The founders did not intend for the nation to be Christian.

A Declaration for the Future

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Christopher Phillips

It all comes down to you, all comes down to each and every one of us to take full advantage of such one-of-a-kind opportunities to be an equal and vital part of the change we want to see in the world.

"Clever Little Lies:" A Droll New Dramedy at Westside Theatre

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In Clever Little Lies, every line hits hard. Playwright Joe DiPietro has no mercy as he portrays a cheating husband whose child-obsessed wife coddles her baby with the new-age spirit and energy that make parents dreadful company these days.

An Extraordinary Library: The Lilly Library, Indiana University

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.

Nic Cage Reveals If He Actually Stole The Declaration Of Independence

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment

National treasure, and star of "National Treasure," Nic Cage is finally opening up his book of secrets. Cage's new movie, "Pay the Ghost," is now in t...

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

Self-Evident, But Not Simple

Dan Rockmore | Posted 09.12.2015 | Science
Dan Rockmore

"We hold these truths to be self-evident..." So reads the Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most famous document in the history of our United States. It rings of democracy, it rings of revolution and by golly it rings of math!