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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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Extinguishing Liberty's Flame on Refugees

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal...

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A Culture of Cheating at the University?

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 1:02 AM

She is attempting to complete her undergraduate degree at a large Midwestern university in the United States, and she needs only two additional courses before she will graduate. She accepts a great summer intern position in her chosen field, which will become permanent and full-time contingent upon completion of her...

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Who Is Ayn Rand Paul Ryan?

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 3:56 PM

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. -- Ayn Rand, Appendix to Atlas Shrugged

Like the perennial question, "Who is...

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Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 5:30 PM

Abolitionists joined 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 that asserted that sacred scripture not only condoned, but also more importantly,...

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UnErasing LGBTQ History in Schools

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 11:18 AM

"A nation begins in the classroom." History UnErased (HUE)

Pop Quiz:

Okay, are you ready to take a history pop quiz? Well, ready or not, here goes:

1. The name of the creator and year in which the term "homosexual" was coined:

a. Queen Victoria, 1886; b. Walt Whitman, 1860;...

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Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Dr. Ben Carson, current Republican Party presidential candidate, seems obsessed with stretching himself into a pretzel to fabricate links between the conditions giving rise to and advancing the Nazi German Holocaust with conditions enfolding within contemporary U.S.-America. For example, in Carson's recently published book, which he co-authored with his wife...

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Gun Control Debate: A View from Hoplophiliaville

(14) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:44 PM

Dr. Sigmund Freud, in his "Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis" (1933), expanded his theories on the interpretations of dreams to include weaponry as symbolizing the genitalia, and in particular, the penis. According to Freud:

"All complicated machines and appliances are very probably the genitals --...

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Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 6:55 AM

Hope reigned supreme that real change was possible with the installation of Pope Francis as head of the Catholic Church. During his brief tenure thus far, at least in some of this statements and issue papers, he has moved the church in a more progressive direction by challenging the massive...

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Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

(307) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Each time I hear of yet another incident of gun violence, I think back to the very first thing that caught my eye as I entered the grounds of the Ames, Iowa Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll in the summer of 2011. Three young children, I would guess between the...

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Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson on His Disregard for the U.S. Constitution

(77) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Dear Dr. Carson,

I write to express my disappointment at best for your statements on the NBC Sunday broadcast of "Meet the Press" on September 20, 2015. Host Chuck Todd raised the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's failure to correct an audience member in a town hall meeting in New Hampshire...

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Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

(3) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 6:08 PM

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis has become the face of resistance to the recent Supreme Court's ruling legalizing marriage for same-sex couples on par with different-sex couples throughout the United States. Only hours after the Court's ruling in June, Davis ordered her staff to stop issuing marriage licenses. Though...

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Acts of Loving Kindness & Profound Cruelty

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 7:40 PM

As opposing meteorological conditions when colder and hotter weather fronts collide to incite severe and dangerous storms at point of impact, loud claps of thunder and high voltage lightning bolts split my heart recently after following current world events: one displaying acts of loving kindness, the other exposing profound cruelty....

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Anti-Jewish Oppression and Theme of Powerful Manipulators

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:57 PM

In my extensive studies of anti-Jewish oppression (sometimes referred to as "anti-Semitism" or as "the Longest Hatred"), I have isolated a number of recurring themes that dominant groups have exploited to justify persecution of Jewish populations throughout the ages, including the following: 1. Killers of God; 2. Immature / Inadequate...

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Rick Perry, Say "Bye Bye"

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Coming off his embarrassingly disastrous "oops" run for the presidency four years ago, Rick Perry announced this week that most staffers will no longer receive salaries due to much lower than expected financial donations in his current crawl to the highest office in the land. Political pundits view this as...

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A Tiered System of Justice, the Veil, & "Double Consciousness"

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 1:38 PM

A Tiered (Teared) System of Justice

Picture this: In our nation, as we see the decriminalization of marijuana in state after state, as the federal government has increasingly lowered the penalties for accumulating small amounts of pot, New York State still maintains a law criminalizing the sale of loose cigarettes....

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White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 1:24 AM

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

Primarily wealthy white people...

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Attacks Against Bernie Sanders Have Reached New Depths

(20) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:56 PM

"In the Bernieverse, there's a whole lot of nationalism mixed up in the socialism. He is, in fact, leading a national-socialist movement, which is a queasy and uncomfortable thing to write about a man who is the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and whose family was murdered in the...

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Donald Trump Has Been Located!

(6) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 2:58 PM

"[Mexico] are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and they're rapists."
Donald Trump, June 16, 2015, Trump Tower, NYC, during announcement for presidential run

Trump later went on to declare...

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KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 11:18 PM

For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings. This movement gained enormous momentum recently following the brutal racist murders of nine parishioners at the Emanuel...

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Women and People of Color Soon on U.S. Paper Currency?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 3:54 PM

In most nations, important and strong figures adorn the coins and currency bills of exchange, from nobility, to political leaders, to national and cultural icons. Investigating these personalities can often serve as a litmus test identifying a given country's power structures, values, priorities, and beliefs. Even in our era of...

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