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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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The Many Ways We All Lose in a Heterosexist Environment

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:04 PM

"I find it paradoxical that we live in a society where love of difference makes one the same, while love of sameness makes one different."

I cannot help thinking about something Frederick Douglass, who escaped enslavement and worked for the cause of liberation, once said when he described the...

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Ferguson, MO and Beyond Heroes, Holidays, Food and Festivals

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:49 AM

"[African Americans are] born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world -- a world which yields [them] no true self-consciousness, but only lets [them] see [themselves] through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at...
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Leaders vs. Israeli & Palestinian People

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 2:02 PM

I keep hearing in the press and in popular discourse about the "two sides" in the Middle East conflict, with the sides being the Palestinians and the Israelis. I understand that there are indeed a number of "sides," but I believe that the Palestinian people and the Israeli people are...

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Immigration Laws as Official 'Racial' Policy

(7) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 6:00 AM

Politicians and most other residents of the United States alike, from every rung along the full political spectrum, generally agree on one issue: Our immigration system is severely broken and needs fixing. Seemingly insurmountable gaps in political solutions to repair the system along with Congressional inaction to the point of...

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The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Currently serving his second term as Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki took office leading his Shiite Muslim-dominated Dawa Party in 2006. His rise to prominence began as a political dissenter protesting the policies and tactics of Saddam Hussein's dictatorial regime in the late 1970s...

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International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 6:20 PM

It is a violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be...
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Sending Harvey Milk Throughout the Planet

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:13 PM

This year, the United States Postal Service released a long-awaited and overdue postage stamp in honor of a pioneering legislator and advocate not only for the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) people, but for all people, especially those who had been traditionally locked out...

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Environmental Justice and the "Science" of Denial

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught,
only then will you learn that you cannot eat money.

-- Cree Proverb

The White House recently released its

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Supreme's Decision (Re)Enforces Christian Supremacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:05 PM

American politicians have prayed before public gatherings since the Founding Fathers crowded into a stuffy Philadelphia room to crank out the Constitution. The inaugural and emphatically Christian prayer at the First Continental Congress was delivered by an Anglican minister, who overcame objections from the assembled Quakers, Anabaptists and Presbyterians. The...

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Bundy and Sterling Projected Through a Freudian Lens

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed swift and firm public and media condemnations against two individuals after they spouted clearly racist sentiments.

In one case, even conservative Republican politicians like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and pundits distanced themselves from Nevada rancher Cliven...

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Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders

(9) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 6:41 PM

We are learning from news accounts that the alleged shooter in the murders of three people at two separate Jewish sites, a community center and a retirement village in Overland Park, Kan., just one day before the Jewish Passover, was inspired by hate. According to Overland Park Police...

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Westboro Baptist Church: They're Baaaaack!

(9) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:57 AM

Fred Phelps, until his death in March this year, and his Westboro Baptist Church -- composed mainly of family members -- travel around the country protesting funerals of fallen soldiers (most of whom are apparently heterosexual) claiming that these deaths are God's punishment against a country that tolerates homosexuality. Phelps...

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The Upside Down Wonderland of Racism

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 5:16 PM

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? -- Alice in Lewis Carol's Alice's Adventures in...
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Community & Security with Freedom: What Canada Geese Can Teach Us

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:10 PM

I look forward each spring and autumn to the heavenly performance overhead as Canada geese (Branta canadensis) migrate in their distinctive V-shaped formations. I stand fascinated watching as these beautiful animals, with glistening black heads and necks, white patches on their faces, and brown bodies take respite from flight casually...

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An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Regarding His Views on Homosexuality

(9) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Hey, Franklin,

How's it going? By the way, can I call you Frank?

So, Frank, I read your March 2014 column in Decision Magazine, the organ of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is named in honor of your father. In your column you took President Barack...

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To Dismantle the Spokes on the Oppression Wheel

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:21 PM

We can see concepts and issues of oppression as a wheel with each of the separate spokes representing the numerous forms, which continually trample over the rights and the very lives of individuals and entire groups of people. The rim circling and connecting the spokes comprise many components, among which...

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An Open Letter to Gov. Jan Brewer on a Proposed Anti-Gay Law

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 2:08 PM

Governor Jan Brewer, as you consider signing SB 1062, a bill recently passed by both houses of your Arizona legislature and now sits on your desk, I ask you to think seriously about the issues this bill raises, namely balancing a business owner's freedom of religion with the public's freedom...

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The War to Defeat AIDS Must Continue

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 6:00 PM

"We're living through war, but where they're living it's peace time, and we're all in the same country."

This moving quotation from Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart came to mind as I watched the film Dallas Buyers Club, portraying the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, a time when...

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Why I Wouldn't Watch the Super Bowl and Won't Support Football: Let Me Count My Reasons

(44) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 7:24 PM

While I admire the majestic Bald Eagle, and I regard the U.S. Constitution as a stunningly intelligent and inspired document, some people treat me as if I have committed patriotic heresy by challenging the long-established unofficial national game of football. Be this as it may, I simply will not watch...

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Holocaust: Historical Revisionism and Trivialization

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:18 PM

As I write this commentary on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am almost speechless, which, as anyone who knows me could tell you, is rare. I am upset and, quite frankly, outraged, not because the day brings up reflections of family members tortured and murdered by the Nazi oppressors, as...

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