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Warren J. Blumenfeld
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Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is co-editor of Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States (Sense), Editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price (Beacon), and co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge).

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Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry and Repression

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:44 PM

The movement gaining support in state houses around this nation, as exemplified through Indiana's new ironically named "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," permits businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* people and members of all other groups they consider nonconformists to their judgments and precepts.

So what can we...

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Tea Party and Likud East and West: A Symbiosis of Fear and Division

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:56 PM

Only hours after the results revealing the Likud Party's lead in obtaining the most seats -- 30 to its closest competitors' 24 of the Zionist Union (formerly the Labor Party) -- in the next Israeli Knesset (Parliament), the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the U.S. sent an email...

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Florida Proposes "Stand Outside My Loo" Law

(107) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Florida, one of the states known for its infamous so-called "stand your ground" law ("justifiable use of force" law), has now proposed standing its patriarchal ground once again, this time in its "Single Sex Facilities" (what I am calling its "Stand Out of My Loo") law. If passed by the...

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What Causes Homosexuality? Who Cares?

(290) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 4:40 PM

"[A lot] of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

Obviously, Dr. Ben Carson, who recently announced he is considering a run...

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'Ida' and False Controversy

(7) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:14 PM

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." -- Albert Eisenstein

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are...

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Negotiating for Cessation of Persecution of LGBT People in Iran

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Now that the repressive regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has finally left the scene since he was ineligible to run again in 2014, and the perceived more moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani has risen to power, an easing of tensions between the U.S. and Iran seems more possible, at...

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Open Letter to Giuliani on Characterizations of Obama

(371) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 8:22 PM

Dear Rudy,

I realize that you don't know me, but I hope you won't mind if I refer to you as "Rudy." Anyway, I am writing to you because, frankly, you said some things about President Obama that confused me. I hope you can clarify some things.

During a...

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Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:49 AM

"Stability and peace in our land will not come from the barrel of a gun, because peace without justice is an impossibility." Desmond Tutu

There is an old tradition in our western states of ranchers killing a coyote and tying it to a fence to scare off other...

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Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

(13) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Abolitionists jointed together to work for the immediate end to the institution of human slavery and the cessation of racial discrimination and segregation. They faced steep opposition from many quarters including a number of Christian denominations who asserted that sacred scripture not only condoned, but more importantly, mandated...

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New Hope Ministries Offers No Hope At All

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 4:32 PM

I am continually amazed, but no longer surprised, when I witness incidents where individuals and entire denominations justify and perpetuate acts of bigotry and tyranny in the name of God and religion. From scorn, marginalization, forced conversion and expulsion, to kidnapping, rape, enslavement, invasion and murder, throughout the ages up...

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Blasting Away Black Faces and Lives

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 1:19 PM

With the increased visibility of police officers killing unarmed black men and boys surfacing in the media, the wide scale demonstrations of outrage and protest traveling throughout the United States and in countries around the world, and investigations by the Justice Department into allegations of racial bias in policing, one...

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Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 5:11 PM

"The ruling class has... needed people to control those on the bottom. Some of the largest male occupations are police, security guards, prison wardens, immigration officials, deans and administrators, soldiers, members of the National Guard and state militias, and, of course, the father of the family as the disciplinarian." --...

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'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 11:44 AM

A grand jury in St. Louis county Missouri, on November 24, 2014, failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed black man, Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.

Now a grand jury has decided not to indict Statin Island police...

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Sport as Socio-Political Institution

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 7:43 AM

I still clearly see in my mind's eye the raised black-gloved fists of gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos soring into the air of history during the track and field medal ceremony at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. As the Star Spangled Banner blared throughout the stadium,...

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Alan Turing Helped Save the World & They Persecuted Him

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 12:15 PM

"[Alan Turing] was and is a hero of all time...a man who is a gay icon, who didn't deny his nature, his being, and for that he suffered. ... This is a story that celebrates him, that celebrates outsiders; it celebrates anybody who's ever felt different and ostracized and ever...

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A Reflection on Veterans Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 8:45 AM

On Veterans Day, we pause in remembrance of those who have proudly served our country in the U.S. military. Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as...

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Ebolaphobia Going Viral

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 10:39 AM

"If we feel afraid, it isn't what we don't know that frightens us,
it's what we think we do know." ~ Allan G. Johnson in Power, Privilege, and Difference

Two brothers, Pape, 13-year-old eight-grader, and Amidou, 11-year-old sixth-grader, reported being attacked and bashed by a mob of...

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Satire as Libel & Resistance to Anti-Racism Efforts

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Recently, a Zimbabwe American of European heritage contacted me to ask whether I actually believed what I was quoted as saying in an article currently going viral titled "Zimbabwe Announces Ambitious Plans for a Final Solution to White Racism" appearing on the online site "Diversity Chronical" dated April...

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Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:18 PM

"We don't learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands."
Malala Yousafzai, "The Daily Show," October 8, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the courageous and tireless champion for the rights of women and girls throughout the world to access quality education, has never swerved...

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Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Over 60,000 people in New York's Central Park and millions more around our planet were treated to the eclectic sounds of world-class performers at the third Global Citizens Festival on Saturday, September 27. Performers included Jay Z, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, The Roots, Tiesto, No Doubt, Sting, and Alicia Keys.

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