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Michael Sargeant | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Now that they've been thoroughly embarrassed by the outrage -- both national and local -- over the law, Indiana legislators will seek to "clarify" it before their session ends at the end of the month.

The Backlash Against Discrimination and the GOP's 'Indiana' Problem

Terrance Heath | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Terrance Heath

In 2016 and beyond, Republicans will find it hard to strike a balance between "religious freedom" and discrimination. They will find it even harder to choose between either "caving" and alienating their base, or alienating the growing majority of voters and facing a grassroots onslaught.

Why I Think My Church Is Upset About Indiana's RFRA

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

My church is moving our 2017 General Assembly out of my hometown Indianapolis in response to Indiana's RFRA, recently signed by Gov. Mike Pence. This is painful for our church and for my family. I'm a Bible scholar and minister -- not a lawyer or judge -- but I've studied the history of RFRA and think I understand what's at stake.

Indiana's RFRA Threatens True Religious Freedom

Sally Steenland | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The current debate about religious freedom is already shaping laws and policies that will affect each one of us. Many of these laws and policies are harmful and will have far-reaching consequences that affect the everyday details of our lives that even the supporters of these laws are likely to regret.

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

Being Black While Unemployed

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Looking for a job can be devastating to your confidence. You begin to question everything. Is it my resume?! Is there too much or too little work history?! Did I not smile enough?! IS IT BECAUSE I'M BLACK IN A VERY WHITE, CONSERVATIVE TOWN?!

On Indiana's RFRA, Discrimination and Sex

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

People who grow up being told that sex is only to happen between a man and a woman will quite naturally have discomfort about versions of sex that look different. But their discomfort does not mean that only hetero-sex is okay.

Indiana Religious Freedom Bill: A Fictional Story

Neal Wooten | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Neal Wooten

Two friends named Neal and Bob lived in Indiana and were very excited when Governor Mike Pence signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

Why Does Racism Persist?

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Racism is proving as stubbornly hard to eradicate as the mythical Hydra which sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off. Until, that is, Hercules found and severed the beast's immortal head. What is racism's immortal head?

What You Need to Know About Indiana's RFRA

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The bill's supporters clearly meant to target LGBT people, and it didn't help that Governor Pence's surrounded himself with anti-LGBT activists when he signed the bill.

Don't Enshrine Inequality in Indiana -- Repeal SB101

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

SB 101 is based on hate; no matter how Governor Pence tries to sell it, he is teaching discrimination, he is enshrining inequality into Indiana law, and he is justifying segregation under a false flag in which liberty would have no part.

A Dangerous Rhetoric

Amy Hubbard | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Amy Hubbard

"Rhetoric" is a term that many of us collectively harness when we smack into a political wall. Though I've studied this word enough to understand that phrase to be a simplistic reduction, I get why we use it this way.

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

It's Great Mo'ne Davis Had It In Her To Forgive That Guy. But Still, F**k That Guy.

Damon Young | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Damon Young

There's nothing to be happy about -- no feel-good takeaways -- when a middle school girl gets insulted by a man and has to speak up for him so he can continue a baseball career no one gives a fuck about. She is not supposed to be anyone's savior or protector. We need to be saving and protecting her.

Blast From the Past: States Using 'Religious Freedom' to Justify Segregation

Matt Baume | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has pledged to sign a bill today that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against anyone they like, simply by claiming religious belief.

RE: Are You Black first? #GayAgenda

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 05.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Sheena C. Howard

More germane, if you are a negro and part of the LGBT community, step aside; we need to register you as a person fighting for the black cause or the gay cause, pick one -- you can't do both. These are mutually exclusive.

U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime

Alev Dudek | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Police officers in the U.S.A. are not better or worse than in Germany or Great Britain. What determines the conduct of an average police officer is the political and organizational climate in which they operate.

Fear and Loathing of the Religious, From Christians to Scientologists

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

What the hell has happened to religion? When did "all that is holy" translate into bigotry, fear, intolerance, and bullying rather than, say, "the love relationship between the creator God and created man" or "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life?"

Big Data for HR: Can Predictive Analytics Help Decrease Discrimination in the Workplace?

Anne Loehr | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

After four months of rejection by employers, a man named Kim did one simple thing that changed his luck. He added "Mr." to the front of his name on his resume. And then he got a job. Discrimination and bias are still alive and well in the United States' workplace.

How to Be a Gay Ally to the 'Other Others'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.

To The Lady Who Called My Toddler A Thug

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I was running errands with my youngest two children in tow when an acquaintance of ours spotted us and came over to say hello. She looked at my son, marveling over how much he had grown. "Yes," I smiled, "He's a big boy!" She replied, "Such a cute little thug." My son is 2 years old.

What We Should Do About Fears of Germs on the Subway

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"They're finding bubonic plague on the subway!" a friend recently said to me. "How afraid should I be?" Some subway riders are scared. The disco...

Why It Sucks Going To The Bank As A Woman

Sasha Bronner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Sasha Bronner

How often do I have to raise my voice to be taken seriously? How acutely attuned are we to the way a man looks at the hem of our dress or the cut of our neckline?