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  • Rev. Edmonds-Allen Talks LGBTQ Religious Freedom Glitter Celebration (AUDIO) This week I talked with Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, Executive Director of Parity about the Glitter+Fire event encouraging Christians to use glitter to express joy in a diverse LGBTQ affirming way as a symbolic recreation of the tongues of fire on Pentecost Sunday on June 4th 2017. Parity and Queer Virtue the movement founded by Rev. ...
  • What’s The Senate To Do With The House Health Care Legislation? The party in power often overreaches. House Republicans did just that when they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a flawed alternative that threatens the health coverage of millions of Americans. The Republicans’ replacement would make insurance more expensive for most seniors, limit federal assistance to those middle-income families who struggle ...
  • Since Entering Politics, Trump Has Contradicted Himself Time And Time Again Since becoming president, Donald Trump has changed his stance on Islam, Syria and NATO. Let’s review.
  • Trump’s Exhausting First Road Trip President Donald Trump has only just begun his first road trip outside the United States, and he’s already “exhausted,” according to one of his own advisors. This may or may not be true, since anything either Trump or any of his spokespeople say at this point has to be taken with a grain of salt ...
  • The Trouble With Trump’s Tolerance Tour Post-truth POTUS turns out to be perfect casting for tackling the One True Religion problem. Even if it were someone else, not Donald Trump, pulling the planet’s attention to the world’s three Abrahamic religions; if it were Barack Obama or George W. Bush, say, or even Eleanor Roosevelt, making an ecumenical pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, Israel ...
  • Trump & Co. Put Out A Call For Plumbers This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com Trump’s blasts against the hated media flood out of his reptile brain like rising seas, for example: The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 and FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell ...
  • Real Brides Reveal: How I Would Do Over My Wedding Dress For BRIDES, by Whitney C. Harris. Your wedding dress is probably the most memorable piece of clothing you’ll ever put on (as an adult anyway). You wear it on one of the most important days of your life, and it’s a significant investment both emotionally and financially. So you want to make sure you get it ...
  • From Bulgaria to East Asia, the making of Japan’s yogurt culture One of Japan’s biggest food trends right now is Bulgarian yoghurt. City foodsters/Kakigōri Kanna/Flickr, CC BY-ND Maria Yotova, Kwansei Gakuin University Yogurt has travelled from Bulgaria to Japan and back, channelling identities and national pride as it goes. The the sixth article of our series Globalisation Under Pressure charts its course. Japan has a new food fad: yogurt. ...
  • Can Conservatives And Progressives Trust Journalism For The Sake Of Fighting ‘Fake News’? To fight fake news in a bipartisan way, Republicans and Democrats need to find it in themselves to trust professional journalism, while reserving verification rights. We need to agree that the role of journalists is to enforce truthfulness as a basic ground rule for civic discourse, while advocates reserve the right, of course, to disagree with the ...
  • 5 Things To Always Say When Asking For A Raise Eep, your review with your boss is officially on the calendar and you’re angling hard to get a raise. But if you don’t prep (and rehearse) for the convo, it’s a lot harder to be sure things will go your way, salary-wise. Here, how to nail the conversation so you get the bump you deserve.  Related: ...
  • The 14 Cutest Small Towns In The South We all know the American south is full of charm. And if you’re looking for the most charm, seek out the tinier towns ― the ones with history, culture and some pretty phenomenal food. To kick-start your search, here are (in our humble opinion) the 14 most picture-perfect towns down south. Related: These Are the 50 ...
  • One Big Reason ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Failing Our Teens There’s nothing easy about being a teen. From peer pressure to parental expectations to body shaming and insecurity, there are countless reasons why teens can get down, frustrated and even desperate at times. If it’s been a while since you’ve been a teen, this might seem like new ground to you. But many parents are getting ...
  • 9 Signs That You’re An Ambivert I’m sure you’ve been asked many times whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. For some people, it’s an easy choice, but for most of us, it’s difficult to choose one way or the other. It’s hard to choose because the introvert/extrovert dichotomy reflects a tired and outdated view of personality. Personality traits exist along a ...
  • Summertime, When The Livin’ Is Hard For Hungry Children Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush, little baby, don’t you cry. – Lyrics to Summertime, sung by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald knew a lot about the haves and have nots. She grew up poor and at 17 had been homeless ...
  • As Trump Unravels, So Do Fox News’ Ratings When Fox News architect Roger Ailes died last Thursday, one of the common threads through the coverage of his career was the ratings success he produced at the conservative news channel. “Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a powerhouse, dies at 77,” read the CNN headline. The Associated Press agreed: “He helped start Fox News in 1996 and built it ...
  • Celebrating And Reflecting On Six Decades Of Brown Vs. Board Of Education Sixty-three years ago this week, the United States Supreme Court shocked the nation by publicly stating what so many Americans already knew: that separate is inherently unequal. Through their landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the court formally ended our nation’s practice of enforced segregation in our schools, enshrined in the 1896 doctrine of ...
  • Marchinonne’s Bet Against History The news that Fiat-Chrysler is the latest auto-maker caught having massively – and probably illegally – exceeded allowable emission levels for its diesels cars raises a major question: will this crisis shake Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s long standing bet against history, in particular against the replacement of the internal combustion engine by the electric drive ...
  • Walking Out On V.P. Pence Accomplished Less Than Nothing I’m not a big fan of walking out on anybody about whom I may have had a negative preconception to begin with. Either I show or I don’t. If I show, I listen. If I don’t agree with what I’m hearing, I work it out while I sit there, thinking on my position and the ...
  • My White Inheritance To what extent do you own your inheritance? Life is cumulative. At the end of our lives, we take all that we’ve earned, learned, and collected and pass it along to those that carry on our legacy. Recently, while doing research on my family like so many do on the internet, I pieced together parts ...
  • Winning Iran’s Election Is Just The Beginning Of Rouhani’s Political Struggles Iranians just overwhelmingly voted to keep President Hassan Rouhani in power after a fiercely competitive and divisive election campaign. But while the president’s re-election was hailed by moderates as a rejection of isolation and populism, it is only the beginning of a much larger battle for the centrist leader ― one that will require Rouhani ...