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Intolerance

Examining India's Beef Ban: Why this Brahmin isn't a Fan

Ria Chakraborty | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Ria Chakraborty

Every Sunday morning, a few of my friends and I meet up at our favorite crêperie for brunch. While crepes, butter, bananas, strawberries, and a plen...

Building Tolerance on American Campuses

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

When President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, challenged the nation to "reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion," he offered a social commentary that has timely relevance in higher education.

Global Opinion About Islam and Muslims Is Shaped by Our Own Actions

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Raza Habib Raja

We as Muslims are correct to complain that it is unfair to bracket ordinary Muslims with extremists, but at the same time we need to understand that our negative reputation is not merely due to fringe organizations like ISIS, but also due to our behavior in general.

Please Don't Just Tolerate Me! Why We Need More Love and Hate

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

Is Christianity a religion of love or of hate? Both! And I don't just mean that there are some Christians who do a lot of loving things, other Christians who do a lot of hateful things, and the latter are wrong. Well, that's true in one sense, but is also very boring and obvious.

Tolerance Terrifies Terrorists

Adam Neiman | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Adam Neiman

Tolerance Terrifies Terrorists. It should. Tolerance is what made the West strong. It started with religious tolerance after a couple of exhaustin...

Of Christmas Lights and Hapless Cries

Talal Almas | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Talal Almas

During the winter break, I got the opportunity to visit my hometown of Pakistan. Having lived in a tolerant community for most of my life, I had never been exposed to the notion of religious intolerance, so it was vastly befuddling for me to see the rage with which religious minorities are denied their religious rights here.

To the Interfaith Women Wearing Hijab in Solidarity With Muslim Women

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 12.22.2015 | Religion
Zainab Chaudry

Many Muslim women like myself recognize and appreciate that your intention is not to flaunt your privilege; nor is it to erase the experiences or trivialize the challenges that women like myself and I have encountered while wearing it.

The Gun at the Gate and the Children Beyond

Eunice Roque | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Eunice Roque

A middle-class American family living in a secluded suburban neighborhood feels the need to post a menacing, fulminating sign on the gate to their children's playground and home.

The Origins of Intolerance in America

John Tirman | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

In the last few weeks, the alarming rise of vitriolic anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric from the right wing has alarmed a large segment of the American people, but equally disturbing is how much support these noxious views are getting from the public. After the civil rights achievements of the 1960s, it was widely assumed that tolerance and diversity would win the day. Many studies show that growing familiarity with the "other" typically yields more tolerant attitudes. But this recent spasm of hatred is shocking in its intensity and in the apparent rejection of that decades-long progress toward social peace. Many even call it fascism. Why has this reversal suddenly appeared?

The House Sinatra Lived In

Michael Winship | Posted 12.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

I wrote for Sinatra once. Although as I've become fond of saying, you didn't so much write for Sinatra as at him.

The Solution to Radicalization Begins at Home

Kelly James Clark | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

Making them feel at home does not imply that they need to become just like us. We are a culturally pluralistic society, one which values (at least in principle) difference. We need to embrace unity and diversity.

Intolerance on Display

James Zogby | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Despite this distressing state of affairs, we continue our efforts to provide leadership for our community and a forum for compassionate leaders like Martin O'Malley to address critical issues facing our nation. It is only way to advance desperately needed change in our politics and policies.

What Are You Wearing?

Jan Folkertsma Schichtel | Posted 09.09.2015 | Women
Jan Folkertsma Schichtel

I was dressed for my usual invisibility: a pale pink, long-sleeved t-shirt, jeans, and brown sneakers that suggest, falsely, a hiker mentality. I'm headed to Meijer, and I'm certain that nobody's even going to see me.

The Politics of Intolerance

Alan Briskin | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Alan Briskin

Political leaders preaching intolerance express the collective's shadow by projecting their own grandiosity, moral superiority, paranoia, and retaliatory policies toward those deemed other or not normal.

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use. In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Making Modesty Acceptable

Attiya Latif | Posted 06.01.2015 | Style
Attiya Latif

When Kendall Jenner decides to wear pants with a dress, she makes a statement about the way modest apparel, and indeed cultural dress in general, is perceived based upon the wearer.

7 Surprising Facts About Food Sensitivities

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

You've heard the saying, "One man's food is another man's poison." In women with chronic disease this couldn't be more true. Often, addressing th...

That Time a Famous Stranger Publicly Accused Me of Being a Terrorist -- and When My Mom Feared for My Life

Atif Choudhury | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Atif Choudhury

It's not every day a complete stranger publicly calls you a terrorist. A terrorist propagandist, to be precise. Nor is it every day that the stranger happens to actually be someone famous--or infamous depending on who you ask.

What Straight People Don't Understand About the LGBT Struggle

Kevin Thornton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Thornton

I look back on my own piece of the LGBT struggle with utter respect and reverence. As gay acceptance is sweeping the country at an unprecedented rate, let it do so in a way that allows us to sing our songs without being viewed as exclusionary.

Cutting Holes in the Law

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

"I'm sorry, but we don't serve your kind here." This overt discrimination is something that leading gay libertarians, who otherwise support marriage equality, think should be legal for wedding photographers, bakers, and other business owners to say to gay couples.

The Importance of Counselors in Cultivating Safe Spaces for Students

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Counselors play an even more important role in helping to give students a venue to articulate their identities, share their fears, or just vent. While this is true for any student, Hindu and Sikh students often are reluctant to speak out.

Why We're All The Same Freaks We Were In High School -- And Why That's Okay

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

As a teenager I felt like that solid, red pimple with no give, no whitehead ripe for a satisfying squeeze. The pain on the outside reflecting the tense churning and discomfort underneath. A differentness I knew would keep me permanently locked out of their circle, disconnected from everyone else who seemed so in tune with one another. They had best friends. I never did.

An American Talks Turkey About the 'Intolerant' Chicken

Bethany St. James | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Bethany St. James

Here in America, we have a knack for twisting around the meaning of a word and molding it into something we can get a bit more use out of. Americans are good at capitalizing on opportunities. In fact, we founded our country on that exact ideology.

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

I'm a Homosexual and There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

Gay people have to be courageous to accept ourselves, be honest about our feelings, and live our lives. I struggle with that courage every day, but when I read the bull**** that people say, I just want to stand tall with my chest puffed out and say, "I'm a homosexual and there ain't nothin' wrong with that!"