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The September 11 Memorial Museum's Moral Responsibility

Todd Fine | Posted 04.17.2014 | New York
Todd Fine

It is crucial that the terminology the museum uses in this section not generalize and blame the world's Muslims as a whole. We do not provoke Christians by calling the Kansas shooter a product of "Christian terrorism" and implicitly blaming the religion, so why do we continue to tolerate the term "Islamic terrorism?"

Is Maxim 'The Hatchet' Martsinkevich a Political Prisoner?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

This Russian neo-Nazi activist is facing a second prison term. Could he be prosecuted unfairly?

A Child Is Listening: Your Homophobia's Real Impact

Jarrett Hill | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett Hill

To the ladies who felt the man was "a waste" and a "damn shame" for possibly being gay, I pray that there isn't a child who will read your words online or hear them from your mouth.

How I Went Undercover Inside Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church

Jamie Leo | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Leo

As you would expect, he was a braggart, but he mainly wanted to demonstrate to us what an efficient operation he led. Like a company marketeer, he proudly walked us around, Vanna Whiteing the number of printers and fax machines.

Moving Beyond Digital Hate at the University of Illinois; (Re)Starting a Conversation on Racist and Sexist Chat

Chris Benson | Posted 02.24.2014 | Media
Chris Benson

This is about changing the narrative in the hopes of having an enduring effect on social interaction. Otherwise, it's just so much talk. That doesn't mean we all agree on every issue. But we can share an appreciation of fundamental values of equality.

The Noose, Ole Miss, and Free Speech

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

How should the University of Mississippi respond? What does it mean to say that these "ideas have no place here"? Assuming the individuals who did this were students, should the university expel or otherwise discipline them? Are there "ideas" that "have no place" on a university campus?

Lebanese Media and Elections Coverage in UNESCO Book

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese-Iraqi Sharro's scathing comments and biting humor came to mind when I wrote about the media's mixed bag coverage of Lebanon's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections for a just-released UNESCO publication.

Judge Not -- Except Gays

Neal Wooten | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Neal Wooten

Why not start with any of the sins Jesus mentioned in the Sermon on the Mount, like divorce? Over one million people in this country get divorced for non-Biblical reasons and that affects a lot more people than homosexual behavior.

Free Speech Elitism: Harassment Is Not the Price 'We' Pay for Free Speech

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Mary Anne Franks

In the midst of these exchanges about online and offline harassment, there have also been many solemn declarations that such abuse is the "price we pay" for free speech, or even more grandly, for a free society. There's much to be debated in this assertion.

City's Anti-Abortion Banners Spark Free Speech Debate

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The message on an anti-abortion group’s banners in San Francisco has sparked a fiery debate, calling on the city to determine when free speech becom...

SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY: Diversity and Social Media for Gap's 'Make Love' Ad Campaign (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Jimmy Nguyen

Last fall, Gap Inc.'s "Make Love" ad campaign garnered kudos for the diversity of its models but also sparked hate speech vandalism of its street po...

Freedom of (Hate?) Speech

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Neal Wooten

The only people I can recall, or find via research, that Palin, Hannity and Beck have defended using the freedom of speech argument, are the ones that got into trouble for making comments against blacks or homosexuals. Could that really be possible?

What the Anti-Homosexuality Bill Could Mean for Ugandans

Ariel Wengroff | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Ariel Wengroff

"Today will go down in history as the worst day for LGBTQI identifying persons and human rights in general. The passing of the bill has caused significant panic even before its assented."

Henry Ford's Mass Production of Hate Meets Its Match

Melanie Chartoff | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Melanie Chartoff

Michael Rose's excavation of a court case brought against Henry Ford, long buried by the assembly line of unkosher baloney that kept that great American icon squeaky clean, has me sleepless and him on fire. I sat down with him to talk about the film he's working on that will bring this story to light.

Tila Tequilia's Nazi Holiday Crush

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

2013-12-11-ScreenShot20131211at10.47.10AM.pngNothing says SEXY better than a poster of a scantily clad woman in Nazi garb standing outside of what appears to be a Photoshopped concentration camp. That is the world of Tila Tequila on the web today.

Members of community lash out against Wake Forest student newspaper for publishing hazing story

The Old Gold & Black | Posted 02.07.2014 | College
The Old Gold & Black

While we expected some pushback for publishing this article, we did not expect our peers to steal newspapers and publish highly offensive comments, many of which personally attacked one of our staff members.

The LGBTQ Community's Response to Alec Baldwin's Anti-Gay Slurs: A Race-Based Double Standard?

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Baldwin has received numerous passes from the LGBTQ community where others have not. And many in LGBTQ communities of color contest that the reason might be race-based. The case of Tracy Morgan is a glaring example.

Why This Bad-Ass Bat Killer Doesn't Post!

Dan Levitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Dan Levitz

So, it's late afternoon on a nice autumn day and I walk in to the den to find the disgusting creature inside the house!

Sia's Dilemma: Does Working With Eminem Validate His Hate Speech Against Gays?

Keo Nozari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Keo Nozari

I wrote to Sia on Twitter and expressed my disappointment. I wasn't expecting a reply, but, to my surprise, she responded and thoughtfully listened, and we proceeded to have a lengthy (by Twitter standards) conversation.

Meeting Racism, Homophobia and Close-Mindedness With Love and Compassion

Chris Grosso | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Chris Grosso

Hate, negativity, close-mindedness -- none of this is new. Being heavily tattooed with big holes in my earlobes, a skateboarder and a fan of punk/hard...

Open Letter to Roger Ailes, CEO and Chairman of Fox News Channel

Alex Nogales | Posted 12.01.2013 | Latino Voices
Alex Nogales

Mr. Ailes, this is unacceptable. It is one thing for Fox News to routinely spread hate towards Latino and immigrant adults. It is quite another to demonize innocent children.

Haters of Hate Crime Laws

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

What's up with people who oppose hate crime laws? How can you be against laws that protect people from being targeted because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity? Well, here's how.

Facebook Wars Erupt Over Colorado Teen's Killing

Mary Papenfuss | Posted 08.22.2013 | Crime
Mary Papenfuss

Dylan Redwine, 13, is one of the most popular kids on Facebook. Tragically, he reached that status after his death. Some of his bones were found this ...

Riley Cooper Provides Us With an Almost Teachable Moment

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 10.06.2013 | Sports
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

"The Riley Cooper affair" provides a pivotal opportunity for the National Football League to take the lead on this issue by getting its own house in order.

Why An Ex-Skinhead & Son Of An Oak Creek Shooting Victim Speak Out Together

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion

OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Six weeks after a white supremacist gunned down Pardeep Kaleka's father and five others at a Sikh temple last year, Kaleka was skep...