The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.
Thomas Jefferson said the media of the day was "like the clergy, [who] live by the zeal they can kindle and the schisms they can create." Today, the media offers us the irresponsible zeal and schisms he so deplored.
The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.
This week's class at Beck University was the second class taught by "Professor" David Barton, and, as expected, the class was packed with quite a few of Barton's pseudo-historical lies and distortions.
What is so striking about some of the modern Islamophobes who call themselves Patriots is how their actual views run completely afoul of our most celebrated founding fathers, whom they say they pattern themselves after.
Banks bailed out because they were too big to fail get bigger as they swallow the portfolios of smaller banks the government decides are expendable. Projects like mine are considered collateral damage.
I have tears every year watching applicants for naturalization become American citizens. Since 1963, we have celebrated Independence Day at Monticello by welcoming new Americans who share Thomas Jefferson's vision of America.