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Hate Crime Laws Will Not Stop Bigotry

David Weinstein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
David Weinstein

Hate crime laws punish discriminatory violence, but they cannot begin the important work of preventing it. Only we can, by speaking for the multitude that suffers every day in America from bigotry.

Fighting Bigots with Bigotry: A Fool's Defense Mechanism

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

The urge to respond to bigots with bigotry is natural, but it's misguided. It's a fool's defense mechanism, a failed attempt at a syllogism.

The Day I Held My Boyfriend's Hand

Olan Harrington | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Olan Harrington

I held my boyfriend's hand the other day. I caught it and held it until we reached the main gates of University College Cork, as I usually do on campus, only this time I didn't let go after we'd passed through. We moved along the Western Road, toward Washington Street, and as we reached the innards of Cork City, something strange lingered over me.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Was More Like Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

The divisive political figures Santorum admires tell us all we need to know about how he would lead America if ever given the chance.

Don't Hand the Bigots Another Victory

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime
Abraham H. Foxman

Though Miller intended to kill innocent Jewish civilians, the tragic irony of his horrific crime is that he succeeded in killing no Jews. Miller fired indiscriminately at anyone who crossed his path. Those senseless deaths terrorized not only the Jewish community, but everyone in the greater suburban Kansas City area -- and beyond.

Conference in Berlin Focuses on Rising Anti-Semitism

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.

Educating Bill Maher

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Orbach

Maher is right that we should stand up for liberal principles everywhere, but it does no justice to our principles if our arguments are stacked on a foundation of stereotypes.

"You ARE Home" -- How a Small Canadian Town Shamed Bigots Everywhere

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Every cowardly bigot, in the US, Canada or anywhere, is put to shame by the people of Cold Lake. And there are plenty who should be ashamed -- Murrieta isn't a rare example.

Of Free Speech, Islamophobia and New Atheism

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Evangelical anti-theism, much like militant theism by extremist clerics in the theist world, detaches one from the important values of objectivity and fairness.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Bill Maher's Statistics

Timothy E. Kaldas | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Timothy E. Kaldas

What Bill Maher, Sam Harris and many others like them fail to realize is that religion as it is practiced is a product of a wide array of factors, the official texts being only one of them. People of any faith are more shaped by the norms of their cultural context, interpreting their religious texts to comport with those norms rather than the other way around.

I Accidentally Went on a Date With a Bigoted Homophobe

Ravishly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Sean had never been to Oakland -- that should have been a bright fucking red flag, but alas -- so I told him we should take a long industrial bike ride to a fancy cocktail bar near Emeryville. He arrived. My stomach sank. He was a full-on bro. But he brought me tulips. He was barely breaking even.

reaking the Cycle of Hate: Lessons From My 5th Grader's Classroom

Alana Baum | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Alana Baum

What makes us better is our willingness to be honest about the challenges in front of us, recognize our mistakes and limitations, and still struggle to get it right.

Libertarians and Conservatives: Opponents, Not Allies

James Peron | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
James Peron

The sooner modern libertarians realize conservatives are not their friends, the sooner they can get around to actually promoting the extension of individual rights for all people -- including people conservatives hate.

An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Greece

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Andreas Souvaliotis

The power of your elected office, combined with a strong dose of moral courage on your part, can ‎be harnessed to trigger a national dialogue. And once people start talking and reflecting, the layers of bigotry will gradually fall away.

The Death in Ferguson

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

May our own pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation begin with the death of the dishonesty in our own hearts and conclude in our own resurrection with the wild diversity of the people of God.

Them Truck Drivers

T. Sher Singh | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

Sometimes when I'm not feeling like a longer walk to the coffee shop at the far end of our village, I venture into the one around the corner. It's a different crowd that frequents this café. I, and many like me, like coming here because of its better ambience.

'All in the Family': The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Gerry Myers | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

All in the Family, a sitcom that dealt with contemporary cultural issues like no other show had dared, focused on everyday concerns and their effect on an average middle-class family. In 2014, not much has changed.

Love in the Mist of Petrified Trees

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have never been to war or singed with its insanity. When I see my government voluntarily send our citizens into battle without truth, on rationales that obviously lie to our faces, I want to raise my scream to the biosphere.

Gary Oldman Doesn't Get Free Speech

James Peron | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Just because there are negative consequences to saying offensive, stupid or bigoted things, it doesn't mean First Amendment rights are under threat. It just means you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Rick Perry, This Is What Happens When People Are Forced to Live in the Closet

Juliet Jeske | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Juliet Jeske

Rick, do you ever wonder what happens to gay men and women when they try to force themselves to live a lie? Well Rick, I've got news for you. Most mixed orientation marriages end catastrophically, with both partners greatly damaged. I was in one of those marriages.

An Open Letter to Florida's Attorney General

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Simply put, we homosexuals are faced with the greatest civil rights battle of our time. Although we have not completely mastered the idea of equal rights among women and minorities, our battle to be recognized as human beings and citizens of this country has just started.

A Bridge Over Troubled Streets

Joel John Roberts | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

There is a busy street just on the edge of downtown Los Angeles that is becoming well known. Not because of its manicured trees and landscaping, since there are very few trees. Not because of its high-end boutique shopping stores, since there are none.

Questions I Would Ask

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

As the school year ends for all levels of education, I want to put forward one final quiz especially for our high school and college students to answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, just move quickly to the next one.

Is Every Christian Who's Against Gay Marriage Necessarily a Bigot?

John Shore | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
John Shore

The call of today's anti-gay Christians is "Stop calling us bigots, everyone! Just because we believe what the Bible says about homosexuality does not make us bigots!" So let's think about that.