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Understanding the RFRA: Why It's A Downright Embarrassing Day to Be a Hoosier

Just this past October, Indiana became one of several states that legally recognizes same-sex marriages. For a state that had been reluctant to address the issue for years, the move proved that there was indeed hope on the horizon for...Show More Summary

50 Years Later...Once More, Nonviolence

"Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary." ~Martin Luther King, Jr. On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these words that my father spoke 50 years ago. Show More Summary

Who Is Closing PA Schools?

Over the past few months I have attended two public hearings in two separate school districts about the closing of two separate rural elementary schools, and they show pretty clearly the giant disconnect that allows the assault on public...Show More Summary

How This Federal Data Breach Law Could Actually Hurt Consumers

With each passing brand name mega-breach--Home Depot, Target, JPMorgan Chase, Anthem--it becomes ever more urgent for government and industry to get on the same page about how to protect consumers. Sadly, not all laws are created equal,...Show More Summary

A Christian Oligarchy to Call Our Own

Over the past few months I have watched events in the LGBT community unfold with an increasing sense of unease. When I saw that Michael Signorile's new book is entitled It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality, it helped crystallize what I have been sensing. Show More Summary

Climate, Scott and Mitch McConnell

Blind and naked ignorance Delivers brawling judgments, unashamed, On all things all day long. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Merlin and Vivien There are two ways to attack climate change. One comes from Rick Scott of Florida and the other from Mirthful Mitch McConnell of Tennessee. Show More Summary

The Hills Are Dead with the Sound of Hatred

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Tuesday's star-crossed Germanwings Airbus flight, allowed the aircraft to float and flutter above the Alps for a reported eight to ten minutes before he crashed the plane into the French mountainside.Show More Summary

What's a Good Journalist to Do?

There is some welcome introspection going on in the journalism profession about how to deal with political candidates who deny that human-induced global climate change is real. How for example should reporters and news outlets deal with...Show More Summary

Start with Red Corporate Faces on the Golf Course

Should you ever find yourself in the unique situation of being out on a golf course alongside some bigtime CEOs of major corporations, here's a fun experiment to try. It's very simple--just ask the CEOs for their opinion on welfare.Show More Summary

Misusing Religious Freedom as a Weapon of Mass Discrimination

Religious discrimination is a real thing. History -- both modern and ancient -- is tragically full of examples of times and places where religious discrimination has been the source of persecution, death and destruction. The perversion...Show More Summary

Race in America - Word and Deed

As I write this, the latest uproar about racist speech, this after the SAE frat boys, after the Ferguson police comments, after the Paula Deen craziness, is the racist and homophobic tweets by members of the San Francisco Police Department. It is the familiar pattern of getting caught out. Show More Summary

Note to Stephen A. Smith, Stick to Sports -- Not Politics!

Without question, Stephen A. Smith is one of the most popular and indeed almost iconic sports broadcasters on the air today, with not only his radio show and guest TV appearances to tout but also the success of the First Take morning sports show that Smith co-hosts on ESPN 2 with Skip Bayless. Show More Summary

Ghosts in the Courtroom

The price paid to uphold our love. The late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny's exhortations ring in my ears as I anticipate arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license same-sex...Show More Summary

A Third Way Plan for Immigration: More and Less

Is there a big, new idea about immigration? Is there a way of looking at the issues beyond polarization? Is there a way of stabilizing the lives and the living conditions for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who hideShow More Summary

Living the American Dream: Karina Velasco

By Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager, NCLR The most recent snow storm to hit the Washington, DC, area could not stop Karina Velasco, a 25-year-old DACA recipient, from meeting with her congressional representatives and advocating for administrative relief. Show More Summary

Watchdog Group Names Leahy and Paul as "Constitutional Champions"

Scholars and political pundits have long bemoaned the partisanship that pervades our politics, and the use of the Constitution to seek policy changes. Now, acrimony seems to have seeped into every part of the political process. SomeShow More Summary

Air Force Sentry Greetings: Less Is More

It's difficult to decide who's happier with the U.S. Air Force's decision endorsing the "Have a Blessed Day" greeting by armed Air Force sentries at its gates at Robins AFB, Georgia.  The Dominionist Christians are giggling at theirShow More Summary

Wealth vs. Money

"There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" The words are those of Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, speaking to Edward R. Murrow in 1955, as quoted recently in an essay by Paul Buchheit. What was he thinking? Six decades later, the words have such a counter-resonance with prevailing thought. Show More Summary

The GOP Budget: Every Tax Loophole is Sacred

Every tax loophole is sacred. That's the prime guiding principle of the budget Republicans are trying to push through the Senate. Republicans claim to be concerned with reducing the federal deficit, which their Budget Committee Chairman...Show More Summary

Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. Show More Summary

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