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Tearing at the Seams

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 11:38 am (UTC-4)
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Against the back­drop of the ac­cel­er­at­ing pres­id­en­tial race, the strains of ad­apt­ing to the na­tion’s hurt­ling demo­graph­ic and cul­tur­al change are grow­ing in­creas­ingly vis­ible. For all of the eco­nom­ic anxi­et­ies many Amer­ic­ans still ex­press, the most po­lar­iz­ing con­flicts this year are di­vid­ing the na­tion along lines of race, eth­ni­city, and cul­ture, not class.

Intolerance for All

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 12:05 pm (UTC-4)
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“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” said Voltaire. Today, the predominant sentiment is quite the opposite of Voltaire’s. It’s blood sport now, the way Americans attack each other for simply disagreeing.

Is Kim Davis a Modern Day Rosa Parks?

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 1:42 pm (UTC-4)
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When a county clerk in Kentucky refused to process marriage licenses to gay couples, citing her religious beliefs, some supporters compared her to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Others said she should quit her elected position if she could not uphold U.S. law. Kim Davis spent the weekend in jail after her petition to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied. Is this battle that pits religious beliefs with civil law the same as the fight to desegregate a racially divided nation? Opinions are mixed.