I Grew Up in an Evangelical Home. I Don’t Remember This Level of Islamophobia.

I grew up in an evangelical home. I was homeschooled, and the area where we lived was very white, and very Christian. In spite of this, by the time I reached adulthood I likely had more personal experience with Muslims than most Americans.When I was small, we lived in the next door apartment to a Muslim family from Pakistan. The husband was a pediatrician---we'll call him Dr. Hussein. His wife wore a headscarf, and the children---three of them---were the same ages as my siblings and I. We pl … [Read more...]


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Was the White House Meeting with Historically Black Colleges and Universities a Sham?

On Monday, the White House met with leaders of the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It now appears that that meeting may have been an elaborate setup---a photo-op and a propaganda opportunity. As explained by Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University and one of the leaders present at the meeting:On Friday I learned that I was selected to give remarks today for the meeting at the White House with members of the Trump administration, most notably … [Read more...]


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This Is Why Senate Democrats Fought Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions' actions in the three weeks since he was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General suggest that Senate Democrats were right to be concerned about his record. First on the chopping block, for Sessions, was transgender students' bathroom access:In a joint letter, the top civil rights officials from the Justice Department and the Education Department rejected the Obama administration’s position that nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow transgender students to use the bath … [Read more...]


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Maybe We Need More Women in Health Insurance?

This morning Donald Trump sent out this tweet:Description of tweet: Text reads "Great meeting with CEOs of leading U.S. health insurance companies who provide great healthcare to the American people." Image shows Donald Trump sitting at a desk surrounded by 12 predominantly older businessmen (11 are white and 1 is black). I look at that image and I feel invisible. There are more white women in this country than there are white men, and still we get images like this. Yes, there is one  … [Read more...]


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An Open Letter to Representative Frank LoBiondo, Republican Congressman from New Jersey’s Second District

Written by occasional LJF contributor Rachel LazerusDear Representative LoBiondo, I was born and raised in the district you’ve represented for the past 22 years. While no one in my family could be described as a straight Republican voter, we always have had a lot of respect for you, specifically for your positions on Israel and for veterans. I’ve met you on multiple occasions, though you likely don’t remember me. When you attended my parochial school’s annual fundraiser, I was selected t … [Read more...]


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Does Making Maternity Care Optional Put the Consumer in Charge? Some Conservatives Think So.

According to the Chicago Tribune: President Donald Trump's pick to lead the government's major health insurance programs says maternity coverage should be optional for patients.Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma tells the Senate Finance Committee that patients — not the government — should determine the insurance benefits they need.Verma tells Stabenow that some women want maternity coverage and "some women might not choose that."Republicans have criticized the law's req … [Read more...]


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University of Chicago Professor Compares Milo Yiannopoulos to Jesus

In this day and age, it is not unusual for a professor to have a blog. In some cases these blogs involve a further exploration of the professor's area of academic interest, and in other cases they involve a wider breadth of personal interests. Sometimes these blogs allow professors to make their work research by explaining modern happenings in light of the insight provided by their area of expertise. These blogs do not, however, typically include the un-ironic use of the c-word. And so the bull … [Read more...]


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