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Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

Which Of Today's Business Practices Will Seem Barbaric In The Future?

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Andrew Winston

As we look forward into this new year and consider where we want to be in 52 weeks -- and 520 or 5200 weeks -- how can we avoid being barbarous ancestors? Or to flip the script, how can we be kind to our descendants and ourselves?

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

President Obama and Progressives: Christian Right Is Wrong About Religious Freedom

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

The idea of what religious freedom means is not a settled matter. But Clarkson offers a definition that allows progressives to reclaim religious liberty from conservative Christians who have perverted its meaning in service of theocratic agendas.

Who's Doing the Planting

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

We cannot spend all our time with the like-minded. At some point we have to leave our echo chambers and uphold our positions. There is no perfectly safe way to be true to ourselves.

Thomas Jefferson 'Came Out Very Clearly' Against LGBT Rights, Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If one right-wing pundit is to be believed, one of America's Founding Fathers would have absolutely no interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and ...

Village Seal and Sports' Mascots Representing Racist History

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe this so-called "honoring," taking "pride" in, and "respecting" Native Americans by the cultural descendants of those who engaged in land theft, forced evacuations and slaughter strikes me as justification for further misappropriation of cultural symbols.

Defending Robert E. Lee

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Barry D. Wood

Led by its white mayor Mitch Landrieu, the city council of New Orleans on December 17th voted with a 6-1 majority to remove four statues honoring the ...

Donald Trump Needs Help With His Insults

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.14.2016 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

The Media has been consistently confused by Donald Trump's rise in the polls because they've predicted since the summer that his trash talking would sink his campaign. Though he sounds like a belligerent New York cabbie at the end of his shift, Trump keeps garnering support despite the way he insults his opponents in debates and via Twitter.

Whites and the Fear Caused by White Supremacy

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

In a presentation of the theses contained in her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, author Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. asked the mixed-race audience, "How many of you think there is white racism?"

I Tremble for My Country When I Know That God Is Just

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Race-based police use of lethal force against black persons may be the smoldering fuse of a ticking time bomb.

A Citizen's View: The Responsibility of the Media in a Democratic Society

Terry Newell | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Despite complaints about politically predictable reporting, however, there is nothing new here under the sun.

Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America's 20 wealthiest individuals own more wea...

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

In the Nation's Service

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Charles Kolb

As a 1973 graduate of Princeton University and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, I have followed closely the recent efforts by some Princeton students to eradicate all public traces of Woodrow Wilson from the university.

This Is Holiday Season; Share Your Ancestors' Struggles With the Family

Mary Ann West | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Mary Ann West

Perhaps your tradition has been to share what you have gratitude for, be it individual or part of a bigger picture. How about switching it up and talk...

When Does Political Correctness Go Too Far?

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Michael Russnow

Last week some students at Princeton petitioned the school to stop tributes to Woodrow Wilson, its former university president and, more importantly, our former U.S. president, including the possible renaming of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

UVA Discovers Hidden Chemistry Lab Thomas Jefferson Designed

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science

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Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I hold both extremes - the Holocaust deniers and the Holocaust revisionists - as offensive to the good people who were all taken from us far too soon. Let them rest in peace. Let the truth prevail.

Obama Isn't The First U.S. President Accused Of Being Secretly Muslim

USA Today | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

In a Republican primary season that has stoked fears of the undesirables and the undocumented in our midst, it now seems to be the Muslims’ tur...

The Manner Is Ordinary

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The key is that the experience of God is not confined and God can be found in all things. With this framework, ordinary life becomes rich, as it is a place where one can encounter God and the extraordinary can be found.

Rick Santorum Could Use a Lesson in Democracy!

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Appearing on Hardball hosted by Chris Matthews immediately after the Republican debate, former Senator Rick Santorum revealed some strange contortions regarding his understanding of the constitution

A Wise and Virtuous Citizenry

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President George Washington recognized in his maiden State of the Union Message that a Republic whose glory is liberty would degenerate into tyranny whose glory is domination and force without a wise and virtuous citizenry.

Self-Evident, But Not Simple

Dan Rockmore | Posted 09.12.2015 | Science
Dan Rockmore

"We hold these truths to be self-evident..." So reads the Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most famous document in the history of our United States. It rings of democracy, it rings of revolution and by golly it rings of math!

Christian Faith Is Not a Campaign Strategy

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Citizenship and Christianity are not the same thing, and, while, of course, people bring their religious convictions to the voting booth, the goal of Christians should not be to use the state to advance the goals of religion.