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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.

Rick Perry, Say "Bye Bye"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Coming off his embarrassingly disastrous "oops" run for the presidency four years ago, Rick Perry announced this week that most staffers will no longer receive salaries due to much lower than expected financial donations in his current crawl to the highest office in the land.

Slavery vs. Freedom?: A Cost Analysis

Francis Levy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Is there an advantage to being a slave rather than a minimum wage worker, who lives on a subsistence salary?

BDS: As American As Apple Pie

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

In condemning the Palestinian BDS movement, Hillary Clinton places herself not only on the wrong side of history, but on the wrong side of American history.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and the Inclusive Future Of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Ian Reifowitz

If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.

This Land Is Your Land -- Can a Democracy Be All It Can Be Without the Possibility of Property Ownership for All?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Jefferson believed that the common good and the individual good are interlaced. If so, then society itself suffers right along with the individuals that comprise it when they are left out. In America today, home ownership is increasingly out of reach of ordinary Americans.

Mini-Republics and True Democracy: A Plan to Make Ours a Government of, by and for the People

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What to do? How can we create a system of "representativeness" in which members of Congress not only are in touch with the pulse of their constituents but genuinely act on their behalf? There are movements afoot to commence an Amendment convention to address campaign finance reform.

July 4 and Alice: The Wonderlands of Freedom

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Randee Mia Berman

In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.

The Uses and Misuses of History: On Jefferson Davis, Thomas More, Martin Luther, and Other Villains

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

If the Jeff Davis Highway is renamed, I certainly will not shed a tear, but the symbolism of such a renaming is meaningless unless it is followed by concrete action tackling today's racial disparities. History should not be allowed to weigh us down and distract us from the issues and problems of our time.

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

Confronting Slavery on Independence Day

Honor Sachs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Every year on Independence Day, we celebrate the fact that the past is not past, coming together as a nation to celebrate the past, to revere the past, to honor the collective ideals upon which our nation was founded. We pay tribute to the ideals of freedom and liberty and remember that "all men are created equal."

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.

The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we approach the celebration of America's 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

Thank You, Thomas Jefferson, for Making Our Marriage Possible

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

In its ruling, the Supreme Court has finally granted access to Jefferson's promise from 239 years ago: the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Women and People of Color Soon on U.S. Paper Currency?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Since the year 2020 marks the 100 year commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granting women the vote, petition organizers argue that the time has long-since come for women to grace our currency, especially our paper bills.