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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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KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:18 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 | 2:54 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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Trump Joins Narratives of Hate over Immigration Battles

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:32 PM

The gigantic cover banner headline, "CLOWN RUNS FOR PREZ," appeared on the New York Daily News the morning following real estate mogul Donald Trump's announced run for the office of the presidency. While apt in many ways, I would not represent Trump this way since clowns traditionally never...

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Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

(4) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 9:01 PM

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights." Laurie Goodstein, the author, covers an apparent emerging trend, which she summarizes in...

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Santorum's Political Theology of Climate Denial

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 11:00 PM

"Not knowing is bad. Not wishing to know is worse."
Nigerian Proverb

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Albert Einstein

Former Pennsylvania Senator and recurring presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, as...

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Religious Stereotyping Is Bullying

(45) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Imagine this: You read on a Facebook page that people opposing your religion have planned a large-scale protest rally at the major Christian church in your home town on your Sabbath day of prayer. The organizers instruct their supporters to bring posters denouncing Christianity and pictures of Jesus on the...

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Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

(7) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 7:00 PM

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine. We witnessed the deadly effects of turf battles recently in Waco, Texas between rival motorcycle clubs (gangs)...

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The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

(639) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:08 AM

"The Republican Party must continue to uphold the principle that every human being, born and unborn, young and old, healthy and disabled, has a fundamental, individual right to life." -- Republican National Committee for Life

Ever since the historic Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, in 1973, the...

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Little Hope in Baltimore for the '2s,' '3s,' and '4s'

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 2:19 PM

In virtually all the university courses I teach in the field of education, I conduct what invariably turns out to be a valuable and poignant activity for the pre-service teacher educator enrolled in the course. The simulation represents the ways in which our society, along a continuum of very high...

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13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 12:29 AM

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet." We see young people developing positive identities at earlier ages than ever before. Activists are gaining selective...

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9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 7:52 PM

Someone said to me once that throughout the ages, more people have been killed in the name of religion than all the people who have ever died of all diseases combined. I don't know whether this is actually the case, but I do think it highlights a vital point: we...

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Mercy Over Vengeance for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:26 PM

I would like nothing better than to see you die, Mr. McKinney. However, this is the time to begin the healing process. To show mercy to someone who refused to show any mercy. Mr. McKinney, I am going to grant you life, as hard as it is for me to...
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Time to Fix US-Iran Policy

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 11:54 AM

A corollary to the old saying "If it's not broken, don't fix it," is the reverse, "If it's broken, then fix it." Well, the U.S. and other nations' policies of imposing sanctions alone to inhibit Iran's nuclear ambitions and capabilities has been tried, and it has failed in its stated...

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Religious Freedom in Practicing the Platinum Rule

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 6:06 PM

Picture this: The scene is Memories Pizza, a pizza and ice cream parlor in northern Indiana, owned by Crystal and Kevin O'Connor. Responding to a question from a local reporter from the ABC news affiliate regarding their opinion on the recently passed law in their state, the so-called Religious Freedom...

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Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry and Repression

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:44 PM

The movement gaining support in state houses around this nation, as exemplified through Indiana's new ironically named "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," permits businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* people and members of all other groups they consider nonconformists to their judgments and precepts.

So what can we...

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Tea Party and Likud East and West: A Symbiosis of Fear and Division

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:56 PM

Only hours after the results revealing the Likud Party's lead in obtaining the most seats -- 30 to its closest competitors' 24 of the Zionist Union (formerly the Labor Party) -- in the next Israeli Knesset (Parliament), the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the U.S. sent an email...

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Florida Proposes "Stand Outside My Loo" Law

(106) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Florida, one of the states known for its infamous so-called "stand your ground" law ("justifiable use of force" law), has now proposed standing its patriarchal ground once again, this time in its "Single Sex Facilities" (what I am calling its "Stand Out of My Loo") law. If passed by the...

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What Causes Homosexuality? Who Cares?

(293) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 4:40 PM

"[A lot] of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

Obviously, Dr. Ben Carson, who recently announced he is considering a run...

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'Ida' and False Controversy

(7) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:14 PM

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." -- Albert Eisenstein

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are...

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Negotiating for Cessation of Persecution of LGBT People in Iran

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Now that the repressive regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has finally left the scene since he was ineligible to run again in 2014, and the perceived more moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani has risen to power, an easing of tensions between the U.S. and Iran seems more possible, at...

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