I'm not suggesting Trump, Carson, Fiorina, or any other presidential candidate is directly to blame for hate crimes erupting across America. But by virtue of their standing as presidential candidates, their words carry particular weight. They have a responsibility to calm people with the truth rather than stir them up with lies.
Following the recent mass shooter attack in Colorado, many Americans are rightly considering the deadly and foreseeable consequences of the right-wing media's role in the dissemenation of demonstrably false accusations of fetal body part sales by the national community health care provider Planned Parenthood.
Every Thanksgiving, I head to beautiful Colorado Springs to share the holiday with my family. It was a typical holiday - filled with gratitude and too...
If we insist on requiring Muslims to disavow Islamist violence, it's fair also to ask conservative Americans to be honest and self-critical about the connections between our country's poisonous environment and domestic extremist violence.
My hope is that sharing these words as widely as possible will give voice to the good people of deep faith across this nation who support the work of Planned Parenthood -- not in spite of their faith, but because of it.
The refusal to call Roof -- and now Dear -- a "terrorist" is far from an arcane quibble over terms and definitions, or even over the race and gender of the shooters. It strikes to the heart of how Americans have been reflexively conditioned to see thuggery and terrorism.
This man was set off by the irresponsible creation of fear and anger for no better reason than to advance one person or group's specific ideology.
Life is passionately defended only if the subject of concern is fetal life. "Right-to-life" politicians are often vehement supporters of the death penalty, seemingly oblivious to the obvious internal inconsistency in their attitudes to the beginning and the ending of life.
This week, the nation stopped to give thanks. And not a moment too soon because it's especially important to remember all we're grateful for in the midst of news about a gunman opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, the release of a video of a teenager being killed by police with 16 shots, rising hostilities between Russia and Turkey, and a political candidate making fun of a reporter's disability -- then denying it -- in a race turned ugly with xenophobia. All the more reason to count our blessings, not just at Thanksgiving, but every day -- especially now that science has confirmed the incredible health benefits of gratitude. And finally, as we head into a presidential election year, let's also be really grateful that we have the power to elect our leaders and reject those who don't reflect our values.
It's time for us to stop being polite and keeping the peace in our families, to stop hiding behind sympathetic posts on social media and instead have hard discussions about where we, as families, are at. To tell those close to us how afraid we are that, some day, we might see their mugshot on television after a horrific event.
In the aftermath of the recent shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, it's time we examine the role of words in our politics and in our society. Those who defensively insist that their vicious verbal attacks on Planned Parenthood have nothing to do with a single gunman's massacre of innocent citizens are fooling themselves.
"My name is Tim Neville, and I'm the pro-Life candidate running for the nomination to take on and defeat Democrat Michael Bennet in November 2016." That's how Neville, who's considered the frontrunner in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, describes himself in a recent fundraising email.
If you read Rep. Mike Coffman's recent explanations for his votes to defund Planned Parenthood, and you also know he used a Planned-Parenthood logo to promote himself in a political ad during his last election campaign, you might conclude that Coffman's turn is a recent change-of-heart.
Planned Parenthood understands the risk the Latino community faces and is committed to providing access to comprehensive health care to all people who walk through our doors, regardless of age, income or immigration status.
As we approach Thanksgiving next week, we wanted to join millions of Americans in that time-honored tradition of reflecting on what we are thankful for -- and this year included some incredible highlights
You have the power to reverse the damage your predecessor's actions have caused for women like me who seek services from Planned Parenthood. I know I am not alone, Mr. Foley. There are thousands of us with an actual need for Planned Parenthood's services in mid-Missouri.