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When Is Tolerance Intolerable?

James Peron | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Some of the most irrational arguments I've run across in the debate on marriage equality are 1) the claim that equality supporters are being intolerant, and 2) what is happening is just a 'difference of opinion.'

The Last Time I Saw Fred Phelps: Inside the WBC

Susan Kraus | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Susan Kraus

The last time I saw Fred Phelps was last year when I attended services a few times at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. No, I am not a religious bigot in search of like-minded souls. I went for research.

Spike is Right! Housing Discrimination is NYC's Hidden Disgrace (Pt 2)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

With undercover agents, Fair Housing Justice Center has exposed an epidemic of housing discrimination on the basis of skin color, disability, source of income and LGBTQ identity in every NYC neighborhood.

Discrimination Isn't Part of Religious Freedom. Never Was. Still Isn't.

Dave Helfert | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Dave Helfert

The mindset behind this recent wave of legislation hasn't changed a bit; only the targets. This time it's gay men and women. But what has truly evolved is that these appeals to our most parochial and tribal instincts are now cloaking themselves in religion.

The Story of the Woman-Bashing Meme

Varda Epstein | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Varda Epstein

Here's a funny thing about politics: people assume that "right-wing conservative" translates to gun-toting, anti-abortion, intolerant, bigoted, sexist homophobe

The Christian Right's Plan for a Strategic Theocratic Mid-Term Takeover

Dan Arel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

The Christian Right is becoming less popular minority group in the US, but they are not afraid to play dirty. While they must deal with smaller numbers, they know how to control their voters and do just that.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

Justice for Jordan: What the Dunn Verdict Says About Our Culture -- and the Value That We Place on Young Black Males in America

Marc H. Morial | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, fired 10 rounds into a parked SUV after arguing over loud rap music coming from the vehicle with Jordan and three other unarmed African American teenagers inside.

Exporting Hate: When Anti-Gay Activists' Efforts Fall on Deaf Ears at Home

Padraig McCoid | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Padraig McCoid

Gay people in the U.S. can find comfort in knowing we are fast approaching equal rights in our country. The danger that international gay people face, however, is that our anti-gay activist losers are providing the rhetorical fuel to ignite more animus toward the LGBT community.

An Open Letter to Straight Guys: Gay Men Just Aren't That Into You

Nico Lang | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

Besides, what would we even do if we got a straight guy? Straight men don't seem to share the gay fascination with Sunday brunch, a love so deep that gay men will make a meal last an entire day. Kardashian marriages are shorter than gay brunches.

These 14 Unexpected Responses To Hatred Show That Humans Do Sometimes Get It Right

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

Whether based on religion, race, nationality or sexuality, overcoming the made-up rivalries society thrusts upon us takes people with strong will, esp...

Why We Need to Be 'PC' and Call Out Bigots!

Ed Coffin | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

We are not helping bigots promote their cause by calling them out; we are helping defuse it. We are making it known that it's not morally acceptable to say these things. Look at every social justice movement throughout history. We haven't progressed by ignoring hate and staying silent.

Why Is Gaming Today So Insufferable, and How Can We Fix It?

Noah Baron | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Noah Baron

Games have the potentiality to advance empathy and social justice -- but they haven't.

Duck Dynasty, the Bible and Justification of Hatred

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 03.04.2014 | TV
Bruce Tenenbaum

Feel free to disagree, as I'm sure many who "stand with Phil" will, but if you think believing and saying hateful things about entire groups of people is okay because of some alleged word of God, then my wish is that someday you truly see the light.

The Hypocrisy of Homophobia: A Call for Us to Stop Majoring in Minors

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

I love my barber and have been with him for five years. When he moves shop, I move with him, because finding a barber is like finding a mate or a church. You've got to click. And we do -- which is why what happened this morning caused me great personal conflict and grief.

Opposition to the Affordable Care Act is Rooted in Bigotry

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Sweeping change usually brings plenty of naysayers with it. In the case of the Affordable Healthcare Act, those naysayers have been downright nasty. ...

Phil Robertson Firing a Setback For Tolerance

Brian Jencunas | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Brian Jencunas

Making tolerance mandatory for public figures robs America of public dialogue around an important social issue. Anti-gay opinions will not go away because Phil Robertson or other celebrities are not saying them.

An Essay on Prejudice: A Statistical Approach

Anuraag Girdhar | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Anuraag Girdhar

In the ideal world, if we all were statisticians, had perfect data, and approached everything objectively, we would distill the portion of stereotypes that were actually real and omit the portion that are societal caricatures.

Don't Fight Anti-Semitism with Bigotry!

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

As Jews and human beings we must fight bigotry, racism and the violation of human rights wherever it is found. But we must never fight anti-Semitism by making use of the very trait that we are combating: bigotry.

ENDA Is Finally Blocked by a Republican Shill for Big Tobacco and the Kochs: John Boehner

Eric Zuesse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, a shill for Big Tobacco and the Koch brothers, said on November 4th that he would block passage of the Employme...

Skins, Take a Page From Pollin

Dan_Weiss | Posted 12.31.2013 | Sports

Abe Pollin, may he rest in peace, was particularly sensitive about team names. He owned the Washington professional basketball team that had long been known as the Bullets, when Abe decided to change the name.

The St.Louis Cardinals: An Iconic Baseball Franchise Can't Escape Its Angry, Modern Fan Base

Ben Shapiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ben Shapiro

For a group of fans who pride themselves on rooting for a team allegedly steeped in class. These tweets simply can't be ignored.

The World Must Refresh Its Perspective on Women

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

The essence of radical perspective on women -- and this is not a perspective specific to the extremists of the Muslim world -- is based on an understanding which considers women to be deficient both religiously and mentally.

'Who Puts What Where?'

Richard Alther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Unless we acknowledge that same-sex couples and single gays are just as loving, complicated, libidinous, sometimes sexual, sometimes not -- in other words, just as human and normal -- as everyone else, a large swath of our population will remain disgusted with the whole business.

Hate the Sin, Blame the Victim

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It seems that all their "responsibility" and damnation goes in one direction. It simultaneously justifies their own hatred and actions, while assuring everyone that the victim got what they deserved.