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Religious Freedom and Other Myths: The Trauma of Current Debate

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Helen Eisenbach

The virulence with which hateful proclamations -- on all matters of identity -- continue to be publicly aired has a lasting effect, on me, on you, on everyone I know.

Right-wing Destructiveness Plus Liberal Weakness: The Dangerous Combination Behind America's National Crisis

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party has become the instrument of a destructive force, while the response of Liberal America (including the Democratic Party) to this threat has been woefully weak.

What Robin Williams' Death Means To Those Suffering From Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living

Robin Williams’ passing has ignited a national conversation around mental illness. Jenny Harmon, who’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, j...

The Conversation Will Not Be Televised

Theodore Johnson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.

Let's Talk Climate, Mr. President

William S. Becker | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

So let's hear from you, Mr. President. Since it's so hard to put carbon back in the smokestack or to put the pieces back after our super-storms, let's have a national conversation about climate change in the coming months rather than the coming years. Don't worry about us.

How to Talk About Gun Violence

Cindy Handler | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime
Cindy Handler

Ask him to explain why civilians should have assault weapons, and why they should be able to buy them without background checks. Other countries have experienced mass murders with guns and done something about it; what's different about us that we can't, too?

The Cult of Presidential Personality

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

Over time, the scale of the presidential election itself has given the office a kind of larger-than-life quality that was not the original intention.

Reframing the Argument on Gay Marriage

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Hamady

In North Carolina this week, we were distracted yet again by the 'marriage' issue from the real matter at hand: equality. Which we can achieve by demanding the legality of civil unions.

Change or Be Changed

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

We Americans have a lot to be thankful for. As a land of inordinate opportunities, our success has not been because we're really any better than anyone else -- but we have been luckier.

Afghanistan: No More Excuses

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over.

What is America's Story for the 21st Century?

John Milewski | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

When we ask ourselves why we are committing military might in Libya (or Afghanistan, or Iraq), we're really asking bigger questions. What is our purpose in the world? What is the story that defines our friends and our foes?

Obama Jerks The White Man's Burden

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

Somewhere amid all these fireworks, we have the classic "uppity negro" archetype-- a black man who doesn't know his place, who dares to pontificate on the pathologies of white men.