“Why Guys Throw Bombs”

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In an interview this week with National Public Radio, Mohamed Elibiary described the kind of young disillusioned Muslims that he encounters in his security consulting work: “I have never seen a female example here in the homegrown sphere here in the United States. There might’ve been a case but I haven’t read any literature or [Read More...]

Interfaith Action: Faiths Against Hate

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The Council that convenes the Parliament of the World’s Religions issued an interfaith call for action on Tuesday, the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, highlighting their Faiths Against Hate initiative: We honor the runners whose beautiful journeys, many in tribute to the slain of Sandy Hook Elementary, were robbed of their triumphant finish. Their [Read More...]

What’s Really Being Ignored in the Gosnell Case?

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The case of Kermit Gosnell became the Friday faux-news-frenzy of the day. Irin Carmon over at Salon.com describes in detail how “There is no Gosnell cover-up.”  First, it received plenty of media attention when the story broke: If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream [Read More...]

Equal Pay Today! (for last year anyway …)

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Congrats, ladies!  We did it!  As of today, we’ve worked long enough into the new year to earn what our male counterparts earned during the last calendar year. Calendar check:  April 9, 2013. That’s right.  The guys have been done since December 31, 2012.  Or more precisely, they’ve been getting a head start on this [Read More...]

Even If He’s Not Your Son, He’s Still Human

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It shouldn’t take a gay son to convince a senator to support marriage equality. Like many people, I was pleased to see Rob Portman from Ohio become the first sitting Republican senator to publically state his support for marriage equality.  I was relieved last year when Barack Obama finally completed his own public and self-described [Read More...]

What Sexual Terrorism Looks Like

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This is part of an opinion piece I wrote for my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, published last Thursday, March 14: As I drove south out of Jacksonville on U.S. 67 to pick my husband up at the St. Louis airport, I thought of her.  The 16-year old girl who punched the cop impersonator in [Read More...]

A Prayer for Women’s History Month

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As President Barack Obama officially proclaimed last week, March is women’s history month in the United States: Women’s History Month is a time to remember those who fought to make that freedom as real for our daughters as for our sons. Written out of the promise of the franchise, they were women who reached up [Read More...]

Black History is Now, part three

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This is my third and final post related to our national observation of Black History Month during February.  For the first two, click here and here. Over at SoulRevision, Kim Moore is taking a new angle on the standard Black History Month profiles: During Black History Month we spend a lot of time talking about our wonderful black [Read More...]

Christian Is as Christian Does

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My colleague and fellow participant in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress, Rev. Matthew Westfox, has an excellent ‘open letter‘ to conservative Christians opposing the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act over at The Melissa Harris-Perry Show page. Here is an excerpt where he suggests that we all [Read More...]


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