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Passover: Festival of Freedom

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Over 90 percent of the Jews of North America, regardless of their religious views or practices, regardless of their affiliation with the larger Jewish community, make a point to sit down on the first night of Pesah to observe a Seder.

Community & Security with Freedom: What Canada Geese Can Teach Us

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I look forward each spring and autumn to the heavenly performance overhead as Canada geese (Branta canadensis) migrate in their distinctive V-shaped f...

Atheists in Afghanistan

Kelly James Clark | Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

The right to freedom of belief protects (or should protect) the Muslim in Christian-majority nations, the Christian in Muslim-majority nations, and the unbeliever in both sorts of nations.

Women's History Month Call to Service: Pursue Liberty to Achieve Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

I imagine what this aspiring lawyer would have thought of her only daughter Nancy becoming a top lawmaker in the country -- the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives. I carry my grandmother's dream with me every day.

Why the Symbolic Lynching at Ole Miss Matters

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Today's guest post was written by tonya thames taylor. The most recent transgression at the University of Mississippi, affectionately called "Ole Mi...

Political Liberty Turns 1,000 Years Old

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

In 2014, the year that Constitutional Liberty turns 1000 years old, our task - of resisting an increasingly remote and control governmental power that has forgotten the tradition whose job it is to protect - is not very different from the Founders'.

Obama Is Right: Close Guantanamo -- It's Anti-American

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While some Republicans are wont to decry anti-Guantanamo liberals as "anti-American," the only anti-American thing in this debate is Guantanamo itself. For it goes against everything our nation professes to respect and love.

What Has Gone Wrong With International Human Rights and How To Fix It

Pedro Pizano | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Pedro Pizano

Today, leading academics, government officials and practitioners will convene in the Danish Parliament under the auspices of the Freedom Rights Project to discuss the problems afflicting international human rights and provide solutions.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

Flag on Dorm Room Wall Signifies Resilience of Kurdish People

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Kathleen Buckstaff

When does a country become a country? Is it when the United Nations deems it so, or is it when an 18-year-old hangs a flag on his dorm room wall?

Remembering Madiba: Freedom for Prisoners in Punjab

Mandeep Singh | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Not only does South Africa have a long way to go to correct the errors of Apartheid, but many places all over the world still suffer from the poison of inequality and injustice that he opposed. One of the emerging world leaders dedicating his life to a freedom movement in the way Mandela did is Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa in India.

Muslims: WWJD (What Would Jefferson Do?)

Kelly James Clark | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

While Jefferson may not be the best personal model of religious liberty, or liberty simpliciter, we can be grateful to live in a society where his grand idea was planted (though it is taking centuries to blossom). It is now our task to turn Jefferson's promise into reality: to see American Muslims as full US citizens with the right to free conscience and freedom from persecution.

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

A Proposal for Direct Republics

Judah Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judah Freed

A direct democracy on a global scale is not yet feasible. An interim option is what I name a direct republic: An elected representative body writes the new laws for final ratification by direct votes of the people. A direct republic can work locally, nationally and globally.

INFOMERCIAL: Introducing 'Liberty' by the GOP!* (*Some Restrictions Apply, Not Available to All)

Dan Treadway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Treadway

Are you frustrated? Tired of gridlocked government? Wish this whole shutdown thing would just end? Introducing: "Liberty," the traditional word utilized by conservatives that can mean whatever you want it to!

It's (Almost) September 17 -- Do You Know Where Your Constitution Is?

Laura Beth Nielsen | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Laura Beth Nielsen

On this Constitution Day, ordinary people may not think they have any say or stake in lofty constitutional matters when we talk about constitutional questions using these terms. And yet, Americans' lived experience touches on constitutional law every day.

'American Fascism': Accurate or Misleading?

William Astore | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
William Astore

Certainly, since the attacks of 9/11 the U.S. has become more authoritarian, more militarized, and less free. But to describe this as "fascism" is misleading.

Twelve Years After 9/11: Let's End the Politics of Fear

Robin Koerner | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Since 9/11, it seems that the American Left and the American Right have agreed on something of profound importance: We're scared. The politics of the last 12 years have been the politics of fear.

Obama's Second Term Feels Like Bush's Fourth

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Obama's slogans -- "change we can believe in" and so on -- sound like empty promises. His lofty rhetoric and certainly his Nobel Peace Prize are insults to educated people everywhere.

The Bell of Liberty and the Price of Freedom (Part 3 of 3)

Steve Robertson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Steve Robertson

If we give up our rights to peaceably gather, protest and to question the motives of our elected officials under the cowardly fear of being labeled unpatriotic, then clearly, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, we deserve neither liberty nor safety.

The Bell of Liberty and the Price of Freedom (Part 2 of 3)

Steve Robertson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Steve Robertson

History still stares us in the face, waiting for us to recognize the lessons it, and the repetition of our mistakes, are attempting to teach us. Will we choose another way?

The Bell of Liberty and the Price of Freedom (Part 1 of 3)

Steve Robertson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Steve Robertson

Coincidently, in the 60's, we were told of a new brewing trouble and the freedom bell was rung again. A new enemy had arisen, this time, the political philosophy of communism. The word "enemy," interestingly, comes from Latin and means "not friend."

Thankfully, America Is Still Young

E. R. Shipp | Posted 09.03.2013 | Black Voices
E. R. Shipp

As we mark the Fourth of July weekend, let's pause amid the frolicking to ponder the meaning of independence and freedom -- and consider what Frederick Douglass had to say when called upon to give a widely publicized and much-anticipated oration on July 5, 1852.

The Importance of Engaging Millennials to Protect Freedom

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

For our generation, for the millennial generation, is this indicative of what we can expect of our lives? Will the United States continued to be mired in a "war" of aggression with those who abhor freedom?

The Law Is a Baseline and Nothing More

Mark Baer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Consider the impact of a family systems and service based approach, meaning that there are value-added inputs being offered to the families, rather than merely a brokering of deals.