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

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 12:12 AM

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 | 12:06 PM

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 | 3:17 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 | 11:03 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 | 6:23 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 27, 2015 | 12:17 AM

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 | 10:19 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 14, 2015 | 12:27 AM

"[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 | 3:41 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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On Gun Violence: Uttering the Unutterable

(69) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 8:35 AM

I love life, and I love the people of my country far far far more than I value the "freedom" to bear arms. We must repeal the Second Amendment now!

There! I uttered the unutterable, the ultimate taboo in U.S. political discourse.

As the horse once served as...

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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

(0) 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

(308) 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

(80) 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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