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I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

In a Sense, Donald Trump Is Correct about Women and Abortions

Mark Baer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
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Mark Baer

In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.

When Jesus Needs the Facilities, What Will Jesus Do?

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 03.28.2016 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

I've been thinking about the devious and devilish demagoguery of the North Carolina legislators and Governor who quickly passed House Bill 2 (HB2) on ...


Eric Kingson | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Eric Kingson

The holiday tables have been cleared, and the gifts have been unwrapped. Yet as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the end of one year and the hopeful beginning of another, we don't reflect on the items that were given and received or the dishes served at dinner.

HERO Takes A Hit In Houston

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

A majority of Houston voters have expressed their willingness to discriminate against trans identified persons and most of the rest of us. They do not represent the majority of Houston residents. The voters had their turn. Now we must each find a way to express our unwillingness to join them.

Why I Hold My Partner's Hand

Bill Dickinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bill Dickinson

Put simply, I love and am in love. When one's heart is full. When one's day is preoccupied with another. When I am in touch with the truth that I can't live without him; and, I go through my day missing him, I can't help but hold my partner's hand. It is an empowering truth for me, for us!

A Story of a Refugee Woman in Zaatari

Hind Kabawat | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

In the harshest of environments, Syrian creativity is fostering abundant commerce in a camp of roughly 90,000 refugees. In a climate where roots take time to develop, climbing floral gardens, fragrant mint and even watermelons grow.

Pope's Messages To UN And Congress Diverge Sharply In Tone

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis’ speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday may have addressed similar themes as his address to Congress on Thursday, but ...

I Am Pro-life, So I Support Planned Parenthood

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The highest among our responsibilities is to treat others with dignity and respect, especially those who have a subaltern position in the construct of civilization (aka "the world"). I don't believe anyone has to share my faith to be pro-life in the same way I am. But that is in large part what motivates me to be pro-life

Hindus and Catholics: Reasons for Mutual Respect and Reverence

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

Respectful relationships do not insist on sameness of vision or the relinquishing of our distinctive theological commitments. In fact, our differences may be the places of our deepest learning from each other.

Francis, Let's Put Women in Their Place

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

What about Pope Francis? Will he ever bless the ordination of women, or will he continue to keep women in their place? I deeply admire Pope Francis. His warmth and compassion, his candor and humanity are a breath of fresh air. His love for the poor and his commitment to people rather than to an established hierarchy are inspirational.

Gay Marriage Is Pro-Family

Ron Davis | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Ron Davis

The best arguments for limiting marriage to one man and one woman reveal something surprising: extending marriage to gay people is the pro-family position.

Right Outside Our Doors!

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 06.04.2016 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Most of us appreciate a kind word or a smile. The only way to experience equanimity is directly related to have love and compassion for all.

Je Suis Charlie -- Or Perhaps Not?

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Marcia Greenberg

Whether a matter of law or morality, those who rightly condemn the murders in France can, and should, also condemn the use of biting humor that perpetuates negative stereotypes, promotes dehumanizing attitudes, and undermines respect.

Peace on Earth: A Call to Our Communities

Jim Liske | Posted 02.17.2015 | Crime
Jim Liske

At Christmas, despite the enmities and divisions crisscrossing our communities, we dream of the prospect of peace on earth. But as the 100th anniversary of an unlikely truce reminds us, peace is something we build, one courageous act at a time.

What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.

Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

Jim Liske | Posted 12.06.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Why should we care if more criminals are behind bars for longer sentences? As president of the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, I've seen the downsides of mass incarceration up close.

What I Heard in Ferguson

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Black Voices
Broderick Greer

I will not let go of this fight for justice until every mouth is fed, every intellect is educated, and every dream for a more just world is realized. I went to Ferguson, Missouri looking for answers. I left Ferguson, Missouri with a life brought into question.

Can Human Dignity Be Lost? A Case Against Torture

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

There have been intelligence officers who have gone on record stating that intelligence gained from torture is useless. So why, then, would Torah values be broken and the human dignity of another be shattered for no purpose other than to inflict harm and humiliate another?

How to Achieve Israel's Stated Goal of Long-Term Quiet

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

There are too many wounds and grievances on either side to make bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestine a success. By calling for a pact between Israel and Hamas, the United Nations is only postponing the next inevitable round of violence to another day.

Why I Support Canada's Proposed Prostitution Laws

Georgialee Lang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Georgialee Lang

The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970's and in Vancouver's west end in the 80's. The image of a "happy hooker" is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality. When my husband, Doug, ran the Vancouver Vice Squad, I saw again the squalor and exploitation of young, addicted woman, both tragic and poignant.

5 Causes That MLK Fought For Beyond Civil Rights

Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices

One doesn’t have their very own national holiday and 900 streets named after them unless they are truly deserving. Nor does Gallup name you the seco...

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

From Small Beginnings, or Finding Your Inner Bad Girl!

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

We have a word for that exuberant, extravagant dreamer too. We call that person a human, because our species, throughout history, regularly accomplishes achievements that were never previously thought possible.

Syria's Agony in Numbers: The Growing Refugee Crisis

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

In Syria for example, the number of dead in the chemical weapons attack has been disputed, with numbers ranging from 400 to 1,400 casualties, depending on the source of the information. But does the number really matter compared with the enormity of the atrocity?