Category Archives: politics

A Colony and a Nation by Chris Hayes

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that touch on African-American history as well as current issues like the Black Lives Matter movement: older works like W.E.B. du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and the essays of Lillian Smith, but … Continue reading

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A Week of Firsts

A week of firsts: My first protest march. My first political planning meeting. My first cash contribution to a political campaign. Due to previous social and personal obligations, neither Allison nor I was able to participate in the Women’s March (Atlanta version) … Continue reading

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Podcast #262 – Democracy Good and Hard

H. L. Mencken said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” They (and we) are about to get Donald Trump, a crooked businessman with no governmental experience who … Continue reading

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Podcast #261 – SPLC vs Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Why has the Southern Poverty Law Center placed Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz on their list of “anti-Muslim extremists”? Certainly both Ali (who was the victim of female genital mutilation and narrowly escaped an arranged marriage before making a … Continue reading

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Podcast 260 – Moore No More

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended without pay from his office until the end of his term, effectively putting an end to his judicial career. Moore becomes (as far as we can tell) the only judge in US … Continue reading

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Good Riddance, Roy Moore…

…although I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him. In case you haven’t been following the news, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been permanently suspended without pay for the remainder of his term by the state’s Judicial Inquiry … Continue reading

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Podcast #255 – Is Kaine Able?

We take a look–from a freethinking and skeptical viewpoint–at Democratic Platform 2016, as well as the political positions of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s pick as Vice Presidential running mate. Plus: The recent leak of emails from the Democratic National … Continue reading

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Podcast #254 – Pence and Insensibility

We take a look–from a freethinking and skeptical viewpoint–at Republican Platform 2016, as well as the political positions of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s pick as Vice Presidential running mate. Plus: A new Pew poll shows evangelicals and so-called “nones” falling in … Continue reading

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Podcast #253 – Baby Fingers, Baby Christian

For the third presidential election cycle in a row, evangelical fundamentalist Christians have failed to nominate a Republican candidate that’s a full-throated theocratic nut job (although they came close with Ted Cruz). And once again they’re faced with the daunting … Continue reading

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Podcast #252 – Frank Lambert (Separation of Church and State)

We interview Dr. Franklin T. Lambert, author of Separation of Church and State: Founding Principle of Religious Liberty. In this, his latest book, he corrects the claims of revisionist “historians” like David Barton that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, … Continue reading

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