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Do Americans Worship Guns?

Rudy Koshar | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Rudy Koshar

There is bumper sticker circulating that reads "Pro-God. Pro-Guns. Pro-Life. Anti-Obama." I find the juxtaposition both evocative and deeply disturbing. If it's true that many Americans worship their guns, then not even the slaughter of innocents will move the country beyond its present murderous impasse.

If Only the People Could Talk

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

For far too long we have utilized "realism" as an excuse for restrictive policies that equate security with the need to resort to force and repression. With hindsight, this narrow view has proven to fail time and again, not only damaging our values, but also our security.

Violent Acts Teach Violence

Marco Antonio Regil | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Marco Antonio Regil

When drug lords want to train kids to become part of their workforce, they introduce them to unthinkably cruel acts. Children aged 11 to 14 are taught to amputate body parts from conscious dogs and cats without causing the animal to die.

Mass Shootings Should Not Be Used to Score Political Points

Aminah Galal | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Aminah Galal

National and global tragedies have become chess pieces in the larger political game. How someone responds to these events have become blatant attempts to gain points on the political score board. When the Paris attacks happened media agencies could not wait for confirmed details and immediately begin speculating the identity and background of the perpetrators.

What to Do With Our Broken Hearts

Pamela Hale | Posted 12.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

I am crying out inside, my heart breaking. How about you? For every human there must be a breaking point where enough violence and hurt is really eno...


Trevor Youshak | Posted 12.04.2015 | College
Trevor Youshak

As a concerned Jewish student, the anti-Semitism and violence has to stop. But at the end of the day, we are all people and all lives matter, regardless of race, religion and beliefs. Violence worldwide has escalated recently and that needs to stop.

Why Don't Moderate Muslims Denounce Terrorism? They Do!

Kelly James Clark | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

Muslims denounce both terrorism and radical Islam. "Moderate" is a misleading modifier for a religion that rejects the killing of innocent people, women and children, old people, and those fleeing combat. And the Quran is clear: there is no compulsion in matters of religion.

Why Gun Control Is A Pro-Life, Human Rights Issue

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

We must resist the temptation to get caught up in the politicized games surrounding these issues and instead, keep our focus on the real lives of real people that have been cut short because of the lack of mental health care and ease of access to firearms.

Mom, I Always Knew You Were a Lesbian

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Sokol

It had been six years since I delicately disclosed to my teenage son that I was dating a woman for the very first time. But my surprise announcement was quickly eclipsed by his sardonic response. "Mom, I always knew you were a lesbian!" he quipped, without a hint of surprise.

On Gun Violence: Uttering the Unutterable

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

What will it take for us to cease fighting insanity with insanity? How many more of our precious people of all ages will have their lives cut short under the banner of "freedom to bear arms"?

What's Worse, Community Violence or Police Violence?

Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr.

Pick the one that gets your fires stoked and get to work on it--and then stay to work on it because police violence and community violence are both huge problems. It's not a matter of dealing with one or the other--we've got to deal with both.

Why I Will Stop Calling Myself a Bad Muslim

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

I have jokingly called myself a "bad Muslim" in the past on account of all of this, but that stops today. If only to check the true infidels -- that is, the enemies of peace, truth, love, and therefore, the enemies of the Islam I know and hold so dear -- I cannot continue to make this joke.

Healing Violence This Holiday Season

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rose Kumar, M.D.

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kin...

In Today's World, I'm Paralyzed By Fear

Rachel Brehm | Posted 11.26.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

I worry when my husband attends a crowded college football game. I worry when I attend any type of religious event. I worry when I'm in a crowded a flea market, when I think about traveling with my family, when I hear a siren screaming in the distance. I worry for the innocence lost, the lives cut short, the souls that leave too early.

On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

The threat and reality of violence hinders girls' access to education and undermines their ability to learn. Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives.

I Want to Feel Safe: It's Time to End Violence Against Women on Campus

1,000 Dreams Fund | Posted 11.25.2015 | College
1,000 Dreams Fund

When will college campuses provide the security where women won't be scared to walk alone to their classes? Where women won't have to feel violated? When women won't have to protect themselves from unwanted attention? When will no actually mean no?

A Prayer of Thanksgiving to the God of All Children in America and the World

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.

Laquan and Woodrow Wilson: A Case for Horrific Images

Julian DeShazier | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Julian DeShazier

I'm tired of people with privilege being able to wash away their mistakes, while those without privilege must carry and live with their mistakes for a lifetime. If a black man must have a criminal record follow him into job interviews, then Princeton must have Woodrow Wilson everywhere

The Boy Who Dared to Be Great

Richard Paul Evans | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Richard Paul Evans

I had a somewhat traumatic childhood, but 1970, the year I turned eight, was especially difficult. A Tsunami of misfortune hit my family. My father lost his job and couldn't find work and my mother began to exhibit the first signs of severe depression.

Reversing Colombia's Security Deficit: Plan Colombia

Brian Fonseca | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Fonseca

To argue, as critics do, that Plan Colombia was a failure and the source of challenges faced by the Colombian people over the past 15 years, is to neither understand Plan Colombia and its historical context, nor the realities of Colombia today.

This Woman Started A Sex Strike To Help Stop Violence In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

Similar to the premise of "Chi-Raq," April Lawson from the South Side of Chicago, wants both married and single women to join her in a sex strike unti...

Grief Shaming: Because There Is No Sport in Compassion

Nathaniel Mueller | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nathaniel Mueller

Grief and tragedy were never meant to be digested like professional sports. We don't have tragedy brackets on ESPN where Bombing in Paris was beat out...

The West Has An Empathy Issue

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

It is apparent that there is a politics of empathy and grief in the West; empathy and related emotions have fallen victim to Orientalism that refuses to acknowledge the dignity, respect, and worth of the persons slaughtered on an all fronts.

'I Hope They're Not Muslims'

Kelly James Clark | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

My Muslim friends know that Muslims will once again be defined not by what they believe and how they live, but by the actions of a vicious few who pervert the meaning of Islam. They fear that "Muslim" and "terrorist" will become even more deeply seared into the Western psyche.

Violence Is the Business Of The NFL Because It Sells

Leland Faust | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
Leland Faust

Needless violence on and off the field should undermine the popularity of professional football. Sadly, that isn't the case. In fact, violence is accepted, even encouraged, by the National Football League because it sells.