The Benefits and Risks of a Clinton-Warren Ticket

As primary season comes to a close and the general election begins to ramp up, so too does the speculation regarding the potential Vice Presidential nominees.  The scrutiny under which potential candidates are put is enormous and given the unusual nature of this election cycle, unusual things may happen. Both campaigns may attempt to alter [Read More…]

Why Trump’s Invasive Brand Is Actually Unpatriotic

A little over a month ago, I arrived in Washington, D.C. to begin a Summer Fellowship. My mom came with me to help set up my dorm and get my bearings. On Memorial Day, we joined the throng of people pushing through the humid atmosphere to Constitution Avenue in order to watch the annual Memorial [Read More…]

The Alarming Discrepancy Between Clinton and Trump Endorsements

In light of Paul Ryan’s seemingly begrudging recent endorsement of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, it is interesting to compare the kinds of endorsements his campaign has accrued along the way with those of Hillary’s campaign.  Given that one of these two people will be the next President of the United States, it [Read More…]

With Dictators as Friends, A Donald Trump Presidency Would Bear Bad Fruit

Last Tuesday, Republican nominee Donald Trump received an endorsement from Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of North Korea. In DPRK Today, a North Korean periodical, the dictator praised Trump, calling him a “wise politician.” Positive feedback from the likes of Un should make us question Donald Trump’s candidacy. To the international community, Un is [Read More…]

Voting Against Their Interests: GOP & Climate Change

This is the first of a series of articles about how Republicans convince its base to vote against their own interests. Manmade climate change is real and 97% of all scientists accept it as fact.[1] The effect of climate change is causing severe damage to the Earth’s environment and is increasingly making it less habitable to [Read More…]

White House guests Deepen, not Divide, Pope Francis’ Welcome

You better watch out, you better not cry—you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Pope Francis is coming to town. For Catholics across the U.S., Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to this great nation is spiritually meaningful and historically significant. The Pope’s agenda in D.C. is packed: a papal parade at 11 a.m., noon prayers [Read More…]

Are Pope Francis’ views on climate change costing him supporters?

Like millions of other Christian environmentalists, I had been eagerly anticipating the release of “Laudato Si” Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental ethics. I have long been an adherent of the notion of Creation Care, or the practice of environmental stewardship as a moral imperative. These are firm convictions and causes close to my heart and [Read More…]

Why Walker Won’t Win

(Below is a modified version of a piece recently published in the International Policy Digest. Publishing permission has been granted by the author.) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s ideology is too partisan and inconsistent, and both his major initiatives and image have been unpopular at the state and national level. These factors may not ban him [Read More…]

No more tears for the Confederate Flag

I got a call late on Wednesday, June 17. The ring jolted me out of sleep into a confused, nearly panicked state. When I answered, the voice on the other end told me there had been a shooting in Charleston, that it had happened at a black church, historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Mother Emanuel), [Read More…]

Verses vs. Verses: Same-sex marriage dialogue continues post-SCOTUS decision

The June 26, 2015 SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage didn’t settle the issue. Last month, NYT’s Laurie Goodstein wrote a profile on Matthew Vines, a young, gay Christian writer and activist who works to elucidate an alternative understanding of the LGBTQ community to Christian conservatives (primarily Evangelicals). After coming to terms with his own sexuality, [Read More…]


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