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The Real Face Of The Gay Marriage Opposition Is Actually Pretty Nice

Troy Campbell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Troy Campbell

For many liberals who believe in gay marriage, it seems obvious that any good person would support gay marriage. As a result, they may automatically think that anyone who disagrees must be a monster. However, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) shatters this image.

'An Open System of Closed Enclaves': Tolerance, Past and Present, in America

Richard Brodsky | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There's a growing national consensus that fighting to the death doesn't meet the needs of modern America. Only a president can instruct the nation on the need for a re-thinking of our political values.

Channeling The Phoenix During Lent And Easter

Amy Shiner | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Amy Shiner

The real significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday is about rebirth.

African in America

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

What does it mean to be black in America? I faced this question early in life as a child of African immigrants. First days of school were the worst days. As teachers and peers faced difficulty pronouncing my long West African name, I struggled to understand who I was.

Not an Easy Decision

Judge Kemp | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Judge Kemp

I am at a personal crossroads. I still whole-heartedly disagree with the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy. I was involved in scouting for the life experiences, skill development, character building, and friendships. These are things that no one can take back from me.

Scouting Tolerance

Rek LeCounte | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Rek LeCounte

If the Boy Scouts decide to shed their national requirement to exclude gays, there will not necessarily be a sudden, massive change-of-heart within the ranks. What will matter is that fewer members will be rejected for being who they are.

Scout's Honor

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

"Am I in trouble?" my 8-year-old son asked with a sigh when my husband and I surrounded him on the couch one recent afternoon. We assured him no. "There's just something on our minds," I said. "Something important we want to discuss with you."

Tolerance Is a Bad Word

Galit Breen | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Galit Breen

My children may tolerate spinach, long grown-up conversations and too-cold-to-play-outside days. But they will not tolerate people. People are meant to be celebrated. Enjoyed. Marveled at and learned from.

Is Obama a Man of Destiny?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Lincoln was beloved but also reviled; he could have gone down in history as a divisive leader more than a uniting one. The difference wasn't up to him. As he saw it, destiny worked through him. It will be fascinating to see if the same historical force is about to push America forward once more.

The Good Book And The Cookbook: A Recipe For Keeping The Bible Fresh

Christina Pesoli | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Christina Pesoli

Refusing to update either of these texts with information we learn along the way damns them to obsolescence. But keeping them current offers them new life and enables them to continue to inspire us by connecting us with our past, present and future.

Same Love: Rejoicing Two Big Wins on Election Night

Macklemore | Posted 01.13.2013 | Gay Voices

There are a couple things on the 2012 ballot that carried a lot of weight for me: the presidential election and Washington State's Referendum 74 legalizing same sex marriage were personally significant.

These Republicans Will Never Rule Again -- What the American Election Has to Teach the World

Marten Weber | Posted 01.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

So what does Obama's re-election have to teach the world? One thing: the culture wars are over. These elections were not about abortion, guns, gays, or god -- they were about demographics.

Tolerance and Liberalism, (Re)Defined

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Lauren Jacobs

Tolerance in America is about respecting (and celebrating) the equal/human rights of all people in this country. It is not about begrudgingly allowing other people to exist while lobbying against their equal/human rights.

My Election Red, White, and Blues: Beyond 50 Shades of Gray

Sherman Yellen | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

I will vote for Barack Obama not just because I generally approve of what he has done but mainly I will vote to reelect President Obama because I believe that Mitt Romney will be a disaster for America, a human Hurricane Sandy.

Inspiring Lessons From Ruby Bridges: A True American Heroine

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Ruby Bridges is an inspiring reminder that our nation owes a huge debt of gratitude not just to the adults who took a stand during the Civil Rights Movement, but to the extraordinary children and youths who were front-line soldiers in the war to overthrow Jim Crow in American life.

The Meaning of Tolerance

Noah Baron | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Noah Baron

Yes, conservatives, I'll defend your constitutional right to free speech. But I will not be a Nice Person when it comes to defending my rights or the rights of my friends; I will not tolerate intolerance. You do not get to claim to be "civil" so long as you deny me, or my friends, equality.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks New Autobiography, 'Total Recall,' in Google+ Hangout (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.08.2012 | Celebrity
Shira Lazar

Action superstar, influential political figure and all-around pop culture icon Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Google Plus Friday to promote his new tell-all autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

Rugby Hunks, Straight And Gay: The New Face Of Sports

Marten Weber | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

I have just spent a weekend talking to six adorable straight athletes about homophobia, homoerotica, homosexuality, and rugby. What did we conclude after 48 hours of male bonding and philosophizing about the state of the world?

Freedom of Suppression

Michael Drew | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Michael Drew

What do you consider to be freedom of expression? The right to offend? The right to be offended? The right to say whatever or to let others say whatev...

A Letter From The Dad Who Wears A Skirt

Nils Pickert | Posted 11.26.2012 | Style
Nils Pickert

It is not OK for anybody to mess with my son about his outfit. Hence I wear dresses and skirts so that any person who has a problem with that and feels the necessity to express his or her resentments can mess with me.

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The roots of anti-American hostilities in the Middle East run deep (literally and figuratively). We can start with the fact that our oil (and its economy) lies beneath their sands. Couple that with U.S. support of repressive and backward regimes, the continual presence of foreign troops on their land and in their holy places, and the endless wars waged there, ultimately fueled by the geopolitics of energy. Injustices and violence caused by the oil economy have sparked a reaction from dangerous religious fundamentalists in the Islamic world. This week, ugly anti-Islam ads implying that Muslims are uncivilized "savages" began appearing in New York City subways, prompting many people of good faith from across the nation to speak out against the ads. Sojourners now plans to bring a message of love -- a light in the darkness -- to counter the hate.

A Letter From The Dad Who Wears A Skirt

Nils Pickert | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Nils Pickert

If there is such a thing as owning a human being, he owns me. I made him, I dreamed of him, I longed for him; now he is in my life, and I am responsible for him as long as there is breath in me.

Wake Up Call to Speak Out for Our Common Values and Rights

Jorge Sampaio | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Jorge Sampaio

In my mind, it is necessary for those of us in the middle -- the overwhelming majority -- to take back the conversation from the extremes and occupy our rightful place in it.

A Marvelous Balance

E. Gordon Gee | Posted 10.22.2012 | College
E. Gordon Gee

On this very first week of Autumn Semester at our University, I am filled, once again, with an inordinate measure of hope and optimism. As the members of our incoming class converge upon our campus, I am in awe of their spirit, exuberance, perspective, and promise.

What Your Weekend Plans May Say About How Socially Responsible You Are

Posted 08.18.2012 | Black Voices

While the Carter-Knowles continued to settle the score in an unlikely war of words with singing and acting legend Harry Belafonte earlier this week, t...