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Christian Truth, Muscular Hospitality, and the Reception of Refugees

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Truth can be hard to find, although the search has been going on for thousands of years. "Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths," said Seneca...

Trump Says Out Loud What Republicans Think

Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba | Posted 11.23.2015 | Entertainment
Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba

we need Trump to make it painfully obvious to everyone what the Republican Party truly stands for: classism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia. Trump really is just saying out loud what most Republicans are thinking and saying in private.

Register Me, Too, Mr. Trump

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The idea of creating a national registry of all Muslims living in the United States is egregiously wrong and almost certainly unconstitutional. It is actually such an abysmal idea that it seems farcical - except that it's not funny at all.

Donald Trump Is The New Joseph McCarthy, Blogger Says

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 11.21.2015 | Entertainment

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ISIS's Threat Is Closer to Paris than Syria's Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The deathblow to xenophobia against Syrian refugees here was the actual identities of the attackers--virtually all of those involved, aside from the dead owner of the passport, were either French or Belgian.

Harlem Neighbors Call For "Love Not Hate" In Response To Hate Speech And Demagoguery

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.20.2015 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

In Harlem, we know hate hurts. No matter if the hatred comes from a streetcorner demagogue, or a candidate for presidency of the United States. Hate words have a way of turning into hate actions. Every soul is precious. No one is disposable.

Keeping America Safe By Altering Our Favorite Films

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

To make America safer, here are some of the Republican suggestions for alternative endings to America's favorite films.

Jesus Was a Refugee

Ryan Gear | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Ryan Gear

Jesus and his parents were Middle Eastern refugees. The nativity scene, after all, depicts a Middle Eastern family who were looking for a place to stay, only to be told there was no room for them.

Now This Is a Real Crisis

Hareem Mannan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Hareem Mannan

Maybe it's time to really look inside ourselves and question where this irrational fear is coming from. Are refugees okay as long as they're European? Is that it? Do we draw the line at race? Or is it religion?

The Crossing: An American Tradition

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

An anthem for an immigrant nation where crossing borders and cultures out of necessity, in hopes of greater opportunities, are as American as apple pie (which, by the way, was brought by British and Dutch immigrants.)

My Transgender Life: People Like Us

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Apparently we not only want to be with people like us, but we also seem afraid of those who are not like us.

An Open Letter to Maine State Representative, John J Picchiotti (R)

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Yasmina Blackburn

Representative Picchiotti, I implore you to step down from your public office and make room for a person who truly believes in the sanctity of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans regardless of race, religion or ethnic origin.

Estimating the Hate Vote 2016

Algernon Austin | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Algernon Austin

My analysis supports the view of the Republican Party as being a less tolerant party. Members of the Republican Party express more negative feelings and more animosity toward America's minority groups.

#ShakespeareLives in 2016: How Shakespeare's Plays Reflect Current Affairs

Paul_Smith | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts

In 2016 the world gathers to applaud, to set Shakespeare free, liberating his plays into the meaning of our times. We remember him and must tell his story.

The Future of Syria

Justin Curmi | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Justin Curmi

The coming years for the world seem to be an interesting set of possibilities. Yet, with knowing the negative possibilities, we should strive for the better results. The war in Syria has rippling effects, which could be positive or negative.

Ben Carson Challenges Trump for the Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Muslim Vote

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Algernon Austin

Carson became famous on the right because of his criticism of President Obama's policies. These critiques alone would make him appealing to the Obama Haters. But Carson has also expressed anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views that would also help him gain their support.

Pope Francis's Timely Reminders on Terrorism, Refugees, and Child Sexual Abuse

Halim Shebaya | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Halim Shebaya

A few words from Pope Francis' visit to the US should be seen as timely reminders on three very contentious issues in the world today. I believe they are worth highlighting in view of the impassioned views they evoke in national and international news coverage.

When Glenn Beck Calls You A Racist -- Well Then Pot Meet Kettle

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Marvin Meadors

Glenn Beck may not be a card carrying member of the Klan, but he rarely hesitates to pander to the racial antipathies of his viewing public!

Why Merkel's Kindness to Asylum Seekers Could Reflect a German Soft Spot for Islam

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

It is an irony of history that the same Germany that had set out to exterminate one group of "Semites," the Jews, in the last century is now laying out the welcome mat for another Semitic group, the Arabs -- considering that the majority of the migrants are from the Middle East -- in this century. So what caused the springs of human kindness to gush forth in German hearts?

Wanting to Preserve Your Way of Life Does Not Make You Racist or Fascist

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

I have been trying to find the language to express my discomfort with the presumption that anyone who does not welcome very large numbers of refugees into Europe with widely opened arms is somehow resurrecting the ghost of Hitler. Or the right language to express the proscribed thought that those in Eastern Europe who want to settle only Christian refugees might have appropriate reservations about the very real difficulties of integrating very different cultural and religious practices into their distinct way of life.

Let's Talk About Sin

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

When I was taught the word sin, it was tasked with the job of explaining the predicament of humanity, revealing a desperate need for a Savior, and point to the redemptive power of God in Jesus. It was supposed to make me more Christ-like, but it failed, so I fired it.

Fact-Checking the Dominican Ambassador on Citizenship, Migration and Human Rights

France Francois | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices
France Francois

Despite the millions spent by the Dominican government on public relations and lobbying firms, the facts cannot be spun to make the country look as if it's a successful model for documenting migrants and promoting human rights, as José Tomás Pérez, Dominican Ambassador to the United States, claimed in a recent article.

Stop Criminalizing Children of Color for Being Children

Heather Hamel | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Hamel

It would be easy to characterize Ahmed Mohamed's arrest as a "bizarre aberration." One could imagine chalking it up to "crazy Texas," or worse, victim blaming. We should avoid such decontexualizations that disregard the importance of Ahmed's arrest. It didn't happen in a vacuum.

My Brother Died in 9/11, But I Don't Fear Muslims

Andrew Rice | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Andrew Rice

My brother was killed 14 years ago in the World Trade Center by terrorists who claimed to be devout Muslims. I have learned that what they claimed to be is irrelevant. What they believed, their fears, their warped world-views -- that's what was significant. It mattered what made them tick, not what religion they claimed.

#IStandWithAhmed: Or When Islamophobia Jumped the Shark

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

Are schools not supposed to be institutions of education and learning, complete with a welcoming atmosphere for all in the hopes of serving as a beacon of light for the next generation?