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Warren J. Blumenfeld
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Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld, Independent Author. He is author of Warren's Words: Smart Commentary on Social Justice (Purple Press), co-editor of Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States (Sense), editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price (Beacon), co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge), and co-author of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life (Beacon).

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Integrity and A Bridge Too Far

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 2:36 PM

Though I have never supported the "sport" of boxing because I consider it a form of inhuman barbarism, I have always supported and held Muhammad Ali in the highest esteem for a number of reasons.

First, for me, Ali through his larger-than-life personality put an accessible and relatable face...

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Showing Pride 24/7

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 9:08 PM

The histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) people are replete with incredible pain and immense pride, of overwhelming repression and victorious rejoicing, of stifling invisibility and dazzling illumination. Throughout the ages, dominant groups have labeled LGBTQI people using many terms: from "sinners," "sick" and "criminal,"...

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A Reflection of Memorial Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 1:58 PM

On Memorial Day, as we pause in remembrance of those who have died in service in the U.S. military, I hope we also remember as well the diplomats and the mediators, those working in conflict resolution, the activists dedicated to preventing wars and to bringing existing wars to diplomatic resolution...

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North Carolina and the Specter of the Predatory 'Other'

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 12:28 AM

"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh - erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can't you just see it? Don't dream it, be it." -Dr. Frank-N-Furter, The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show

Think back to the vision of...

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Democratize the Electoral System!

(6) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 4:06 PM

The principle of "one person, one vote" rings out upon the U.S.-American landscape as an essential and central unifying element of our great democracy, but one which, unfortunately, merely resounds as an ideal rather than as the reality.

In the early years of our country during Colonial...

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Radical Christian Terrorists

(13) Comments | Posted April 2, 2016 | 5:07 PM

Terrorism has been described generally as the use of violence, or the threat of violence, to accomplish a political, religious, or ideological purpose. The World Health Organization defines violence rather broadly as:

"the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened...

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Diagnostic & Statistical Manual as Political Guidebook

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 4:19 PM

According to Greek legend, a young man was so fascinated, awestruck, and enraptured by his own image reflected on the surface of a pool that he sat lovingly gazing at water's edge for so long that he succumbed to his own vanity and eventually transformed into a flower that carries...

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Christian Proselytizing as a Form of Oppression

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 6:34 PM

Televangelist Pastor Mark Burns, a Donald Trump surrogate who often travels with his candidate around the campaign trail, warmed up the crowd at a rally in Hickory, North Carolina by calling on Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, to have a "come to Jesus" moment. Speaking in front of...

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Transgender Oppression (Cissexism) and Conservative Religion

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 4:44 PM

In my recent editorial, Pope Francis Erects and Fortifies Walls, I critiqued the symbolic and literal walls the Catholic Church has and continues to construct and reinforce in terms of religious dogma and policy against full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people in the Church if...

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Pope Francis Erects and Fortifies Walls

(294) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 8:59 AM

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel."
This Pope Francis told reporters who asked his opinion on Donald Trump's proposal to erect a high border fence between the United States...
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'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 11:17 AM

As we know, an oxymoron is a linking of words that have contradictory or different meanings, like, for example, "cruel kindness" or "jumbo shrimp." I have long believed that when it comes to protecting the rights of minoritized groups in the United States, we can include "Justice Scalia"...

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"It's Obama's Fault," In Rhyme

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 11:12 PM

If one believes nay-saying conservatives:

It's Obama's fault for Palin's son's PTSD,

For hair loss, acne, and the sting of a bee.

It's Obama's fault for poverty, hunger, and disease,

When we are hot, and when we freeze.

It's Obama's fault for...

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I Embrace Democratic Socialism

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 11:06 AM

Even before the Cold War and the so-called "McCarthy Era" (named after Wisconsin Senator, Joseph McCarthy), individuals and groups on the political and theocratic Right have flung the term "Socialist" as an expletive from their metaphoric sling shots into the faces of their political opponents to discredit their characters and...

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Immigration as Official "Racial" Policy: A Tutorial for Nikki Haley

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 2:17 PM

South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley criticized Donald Trump's contentious immigration policies of restricting Mexicans and Muslims from entering the United States. In front of a group of reporters, however, Haley showed her extreme ignorance of U.S. history:

"When you've got immigrants who are coming here legally,...

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Village Seal and Sports' Mascots Representing Racist History

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 10:03 AM

Residents of the upstate New York village of Whitesboro voted whether to keep or to change its official seal depicting a white man strangling an Indian man in manual combat.

"There's been this nationwide controversy [over the logo]," said Whitesboro Village Clerk Dana Nimey-Olney, "[and] it was...

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Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 5:23 PM

Iran joined with many other nations around the world, including the United States, in officially protesting Saudi Arabia's decision to execute cleric Nimr al-Nimr for working to ensure equal civil and human rights for Saudi Arabia's Shiite Muslim minority. Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, Iran's "Supreme Leader," warned...

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Santa Claus Shot and Killed in Home Invasion

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2015 | 11:17 PM

Breaking News: Santa Claus, of unknown age, was shot and killed by home owner, Jack Koff, 41, for allegedly breaking into and entering his residence at 007 Patriarchy Lane without authorization. The deceased was found wearing a bright red cap and full-body microfiber suit with white piping around the collar,...

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Sing Along: 'Let's Go Buy a Gun'

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 9:19 AM

Sung to the music of "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from the soundtrack of Mary Poppins

Let's go buy a gun
Where we'll all have fun
Let's go buy a gun and kill the bad guys
Hooray for the NRA
For that's the American way

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If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

(14) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 11:27 PM

"[I am] calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what's going on." -- Donald J. Trump

Though controversial and clearly unconstitutional, Trump has tapped into a sentiment held by 76 percent of the Republican electorate (56...

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Christian Crusaders Urged to Arm for Liberty

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 2:41 PM

Jerry Falwell Jr., current President of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, urged all students at the school's convocation on Friday, December 4 to apply for concealed-carry permits so they can proudly bear firearms around the campus.

"I've always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits,...

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