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Of Religion, Politics and Media

Some time back a writer for a major American newspaper wrote a story about an openly gay United Methodist minister who lost her church over her sexual orientation. The reporter wrote the minister was in danger of being "excommunicated." The...Show More Summary

Confronting Slavery on Independence Day

Last month, when a neo-Confederate gunman opened fire in Charleston, South Carolina, in a historic black church with roots in slave uprising, in the city where the Civil War began, the tragedy was so steeped in history it seemed we could no longer avoid looking hard at the long legacy of slavery in our nation's past. And yet still we hesitate. Show More Summary

Happy Independence Day -- We're Not Done Yet

July 4 we celebrate the signing of one of the great documents of history. The Declaration of Independence is still cherished today, not only because it proclaimed the independence of a new nation; and not only because it declared that all Americans are free. Show More Summary

Why Is It So Hard for the European Union to Act Like a Federal Body?

All of Europe has its eyes on Greece. Sunday, July 5th there will be a referendum that could be the first step toward the end of the European Union as we know it. A European Union that, once again, has failed. In the past two years,Show More Summary

Education in emergencies: why now is the time to act

I've had a lot of conversations lately about the Humanitarian Aid Architecture. Don't stop reading! I know it's a wonky abstract phrase that only resonates with small percentage of people. If it helps, I know a lot of those people and...Show More Summary

We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

The burning of black church, a long smoldering phenomenon, sparked news stories in the summer of 1996 and then, flames quickly doused by a fire-retardant mixture of guilt and self-interest. The public once again falsely assumed that the fire of racism was controlled if not out. Show More Summary

WATCH: The Best and Worst Parts of the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

It's been less than 50 years since the Stonewall riots and the foundation of the modern LGBT liberation movement. And here we are, with marriage equality newly-recognized from coast to coast. It's amazing. But June isn't just the anniversary of Stonewall. Show More Summary

Sandy Hook, Charleston and How About Some Gun Control?

As the nine victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina are laid to rest, I've been reflecting on a trip I made to Newtown, Connecticut two years ago. I was there with a friend who was doing some academic work around grief. Show More Summary

Thank You, Donald Trump, for Showing Us What Rock Bottom Looks Like

Shortly after real estate billionaire Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president on June 16, it was reported his campaign paid actors $50 a piece to cheer him as he made his announcement. I couldn't help thinking: How desperate...Show More Summary

Guns and the Godly

Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? Christianity is a religion that professes love and peace. Admittedly, the Christian Bible's frequent depiction of Christ ("The Prince of Peace") as rejecting violence seems contradicted by his remark that he had come not to bring peace, but a sword. Show More Summary

Immediate Costs of Predatory Financial Practices Are Steep, But they are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks off, the economy is growing and Americans are getting back to work. However, for far too many people plotting a course from the working class to the middle class requires navigating dangerous waters filled with financial icebergs. Show More Summary

Symbols and Cymbals Mark Fourth of July

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Show More Summary

Liberals Versus "Liberty": Left-Leaning Scholars Side with Scalia

It's not every day that progressive legal commentators side with Justice Antonin Scalia. But in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision concerning same-sex marriage, at least two have expressed views on an important legal doctrine that are quite similar to Scalia's. Show More Summary

The Superpower Conundrum

The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything Cross-posted with The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework...Show More Summary

It Ain't Over Until It's Over

Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO's) was facing Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KO's) for the interim WBO Welterweight title on Saturday night. The fight was plainly going in Bradley's direction. Vargas's performance seemed lackluster as Bradley stalked him around the ring. Show More Summary

The Worst Reactions to the Marriage Equality Rulings From Republican Presidential Candidates

Okay, so far we've had nationwide marriage equality in the US for about one week and and the country hasn't descended into chaos and anarchy yet. Same-sex couples are getting married, and somehow the world has not yet ended. But it could...Show More Summary

Equality... Of Course

Let it be so marked that on June 26, 2015, 239 years after declaring the right to be free and sovereign to pursue life's ambitions under the law, and not some theocratic monarchy, that we have once again embraced our truest nature as a nation; that we must never deny the rights we enjoy to our fellow citizens. Show More Summary

Donald Trump & the GOP Share the Same Anti-Immigrant Policies

Donald Trump's horrific anti-immigrant remarks during his presidential launch included that Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists." Since then, the response - from immigration groups to major corporations to anyone with any sense of decency - has been strong criticism of Trump's racist remarks. Show More Summary

The Republican 'Religious Liberty' Tactic

Reeling from the Obergefell v Hodges Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states, Republicans pushed back, claiming same-sex couples can be denied service whenever the provider believes this is consistent with their religious beliefs. Show More Summary

June Jobs Report: Continued, Solid Gains, But That 5.3 Percent Unemployment Rate Makes the Job Market Look Better Than It Is

Today's jobs report was a bit weaker than expected, and a bit weaker than it looked at first blush. While payrolls were up 223,000 in June, in line with expectations, and the unemployment rate fell to a record low in this recovery of...Show More Summary

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