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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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Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders

(0) 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

(2) 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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My Cousin: The 'U-Boat' Who Survived Beneath Nazi Horrors

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 2:11 PM

"What do you call someone who can speak three languages?" I said I didn't know. "Trilingual," he quipped. "What do you call someone who can speak two languages?" "Bilingual." He said, "Yes." "What do you call someone who can speak one language?" "Mono- or unilingual?" I guessed. "American!" he blurted...

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Will the Catholic Church Save Itself From Itself?

(92) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 9:42 AM

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

Pope Francis seemed to reveal a new tone, if not a new doctrine, on the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality. The Pope delivered his statement in an impromptu news conference aboard...

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Revolution v. Reform: Marriage, Floats, and Rose Parades

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Coming up on June 28, 2014: The 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn-surrection

Two men, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, made history of sorts by holding their marriage ceremony atop a giant wedding cake float in front of an estimated 80 million viewers world-wide at the 125th Rose Parade on...

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Confusion Between 'Diverse Opinions' and 'Oppressive Characterizations'

(1) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 11:00 PM

"Why do Leftists have such a hard time with the concept of Free Speech? They are so intolerant of those who disagree with them and seem to always want to censor ideas they do not like... I thought Leftists or at Liberals claimed to love Diversity. How about showing it?"("

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What the Duck: Justice or Lost Opportunity?

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 9:21 AM

Officials of the A&E cable TV network have suspended the patriarch, Phil Robertson, of their surprisingly popular "reality" show, Duck Dynasty, for his comments in the January 2014 issue of GQ Magazine.

On the topic of homosexuality, from his perspective Robertson quipped that "It seems like,...

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'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

(9) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 2:22 PM

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) this year compared 34 of the wealthiest nations' overall educational rankings, and it placed the United States 17th in reading, 21st in science, and 26th in math. These rankings are even lower than similar OCED comparisons just three years ago.

As concerning...

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Scuttle the 'Bully Pulpit' Metaphor

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:55 PM

New words join while some words perish from all languages. Some words remain though altering or transforming their meanings to varying degrees between eras. A number of words even expand to include additional parts of speech, for example, former nouns enter the realm of verbs, like the noun "text" to...

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Economic Inequality: When Is Enough Enough?

(10) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 10:17 PM

"[A]s long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems." - Pope Francis, Evangelii...

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On Names, Faces, and Mottos of My University

(3) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:10 PM

I truly love my university, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and I have ever since my first visit here in the early 1970s, through my residential doctoral program and the earning of my degree, and to this very day as I have returned as an educator in my semi-retirement....

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To the Supremes: Hands Off Affirmative Action

(13) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 11:41 AM

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard testimony Tuesday, October 15, 2013 on an Affirmative Action case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which involves the constitutionality of a Michigan constitutional amendment that virtually guts previous Affirmative Action policies in college and university programs. It says that Michigan...

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