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A Consumer Is a Subject, A Citizen Is a Verb

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Chuck Freeman

The American corporate media culture challenges our freedom in a sophisticated and seductive fashion. We are saturated with images and rhetoric by which we willingly morph our identity.

Mosque Moaning: The GOP Diversion Tactic From Unfavorable Polls Gives Terrorists the Win They Want

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.

Wikileaks Founding Fathers: Caveat Lector

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Weller

The GOP and Tea Party better look out. Wikileaks has gained access to classified documents written by the nation's founding fathers.

No, Mr. Beck, That Wasn't 'Some Professor' -- That Was Me

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Rodda

Recently Glenn Beck scoffed at one of my posts in which I debunked one of the lies told by David Barton -- that Thomas Jefferson dated his documents "in the year of our Lord Christ."

Debunking Beck University's Faith 102 with 'Professor' David Barton

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

This week's class at Beck University was the second class taught by "Professor" David Barton, and, as expected, the class was packed with quite a few of Barton's pseudo-historical lies and distortions.

Newt Gingrich's New Clash of Civilizations

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

There is a new and disturbing trend towards Muslim bashing in the United States. If it continues apace it is likely to help stir up a real national "clash of civilizations."

Islamophobia Threatens Tea Party's Ties to Its Origins and Future

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

What is so striking about some of the modern Islamophobes who call themselves Patriots is how their actual views run completely afoul of our most celebrated founding fathers, whom they say they pattern themselves after.

Why I Fight

Halsey Minor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Halsey Minor

Banks bailed out because they were too big to fail get bigger as they swallow the portfolios of smaller banks the government decides are expendable. Projects like mine are considered collateral damage.

Publishers Weekly Pick Of The Week: 'Madison And Jefferson'

Publishers Weekly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This thick but satisfyingly rich dual biography promotes Madison from junior partner to full-fledged colleague of the "more magnetic" Jefferson. ...

Immigration, the Bible, and the Lawsuit

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Again and again we found ourselves standing at a fork in the road, faced with a choice: Would we believe the lie that some people are simply worth more than others?

Islam, the Founding Fathers and the 4th of July

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frankie Martin

In a country where feelings against Islam are precarious, the outlook of the Founding Fathers, who openly embraced Muslims, could not be more significant.

Private Faith in Public Life

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We really need to stop this ridiculous argument about being a Christian nation. If there should be any doubt, let us listen to the founding fathers themselves.

May the Fourth Be With You

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Why not take just six minutes between hot dogs to remember what this day is all about? In this video tribute to Thomas Jefferson, hear all the words o...

Celebrating the Fourth of July with Thomas Jefferson

Leslie Green Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Green Bowman

I have tears every year watching applicants for naturalization become American citizens. Since 1963, we have celebrated Independence Day at Monticello by welcoming new Americans who share Thomas Jefferson's vision of America.

The Afghan War and the Spirit of Jefferson

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

On this 4th of July weekend, with General Petraeus taking command in Afghanistan, what would Thomas Jefferson do? Would he see the massive military and nation building mission in Afghanistan as a wise and necessary course of action?

Declared: Jefferson's Handwritten Declaration of Independence at NYPL

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Written in Jefferson's hand, the manuscript is one of five fair copies he made between July 4 and July 10, 1776, to send to friends and colleagues.

George Washington -- the Teflon Founding Father?

John Ferling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Ferling

As a historian of the American Revolution, I have learned that to write about the Founders is guaranteed to get a lively response from general readers; to criticize them can be asking for trouble.

This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776 -- The Movie

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.

What Price for Freedom?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We must earn our right to be American. The bottom line is that we owe it to those who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms to make our citizenship count for something.

No, Mr. Beck, Jefferson Did Not Date His Documents 'In the Year of Our Lord Christ'

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

I'm going to take on another of pseudo-historian David Barton's favorite lies: that Thomas Jefferson dated his presidential documents "in the year of our Lord Christ.'

Reality Check: Understanding the Mujahedin-e Khalq

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

There has not been a single credible and independently verifiable finding that the MEK ever targeted any civilians or non-combatants. This is why the Iranian mullahs have fabricated cases against it.

Richard Nixon, George Washington, Al Gore: Top 7 Presidential 'Historical Tweets' (PHOTOS, POLL)

Alec McNayr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alec McNayr

In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing the best tweets in history, but today, we offer the top 7 tweets from U.S. presidents.

Religious Fundamentalism Should Not Be Affecting Americans' Rights

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Silberberg

What we don't realize is that we, as a nation, have allowed our own country to be ruled in part by our own domestic religious fundamentalism.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

Thomas Jefferson Signed Census Sells For $122,500

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A first edition of the first U.S. census signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1791 has been sold at auction in New York City for over $122,0...