4 Keys to Engage in Meaningful Political Dialogue

Most of us prefer to hang out with people who share our political views. This is only natural—as they say, birds of a feather flock together. Yet our habit becomes problematic when instead of approaching the “others” as friends who happen to see things differently, we start treating them as enemies. Sadly, in our country, this has become the new norm. On both sides, vitriolic expressions of contempt and disdain, anger and hatred have become commonplace. [Read more…]

Where’s the Love?

On this Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, I have a question for my readers, particularly the vast majority of my progressive friends, and that is, “Where is the love?” I ask this in the context of the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the notions of both Imago Dei (we are all made in [Read More…]

Donald Trump “Alone” Can Define Truth

By Matthew Snider.   George Orwell’s monumental political novel, 1984, has been used almost endlessly since it was originally published to impugn administrations, companies, and all manner of authorities that are perceived as too powerful. It’s become such an inextricable part of our cultural vocabulary that it seems difficult to imagine our political conversation if [Read More…]

Why Hillary Clinton Won’t Win

There’s an easy, but not simple, answer why Hillary Clinton will not win the presidential election against Donald Trump. It’s the same reason she was unable to defeat Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008. The reason? She’s a woman. Before you scoff, consider this. Fourteen years ago today, I lead a team of [Read More…]

We’re All In Trouble If Politics Becomes Our New Religion

In the 1980s and 90s, the American media was dramatically obsessed with documenting the rise and influence of what came to be called the Evangelical or Religious Right, a politico-religious hybrid embodied most publicly by figures like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and James Dobson. Looking back thirty-odd years later, it’s easy to acknowledge that the [Read More…]

7 Goals for Progressive Millennials

Progressive voters under 30 years famously helped President Barack Obama take the presidency in 2008. Similarly, throughout this campaign they have been unquestionably the largest supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders—presently the only 2016 candidate who Millennials view favorably. But after last night’s results in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, the nomination of former Secretary Hillary Clinton as [Read More…]

A Pro-Lifer Feeling the Bern

Conservative Christians have lost sight of what it means to be pro-life. The pro-life position has always been about affirming the sanctity of human life and ensuring that the most vulnerable among us are treated with love and compassion. This is, of course, a noble pursuit, but in their zeal to halt society’s decent into [Read More…]

Why Bernie Sanders Should Stay in the Race

Any call for Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic race is just ridiculous. First of all, it’s not going to happen. Sanders is in it for the long haul. Unlike other candidates in previous elections, he has the money to stay in. Second, if he were to drop out, it would only hurt [Read More…]

Definitely not the ‘Hospitality State’

By James Phillips With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Bryant proved Mississippi does not live up to its self-labeled slogan of the Hospitality State. When Bryant signed HB 1523 into law on Tuesday, he has solidified the perception that Mississippi is only hospitable to a certain group of people who believe a [Read More…]

Donald Trump Has Female Problems

You’ve been thinking it; now, I’ve written it. Donald Trump has female problems. I don’t understand how anyone who claims the gender could ever consider voting for him. But, I don’t understand how gays and lesbians support Log Cabin Republicans, either. While capable of paradoxical thinking (I am still a Mets fan) and while vehemently [Read More…]