Autiello: Will True Christianity Please Stand Up?

Nick Autiello, Contributor

The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.

SASSO: The Coming New Year

James Sasso, Associate Editor

As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.

SASSO: Kicking the Can

James Sasso, Associate Editor

For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.

CIOCCI: A Foolish Consistency

Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

AKMAN: Jon Huntsman’s Meaningless Campaign

Josh Akman, Columnist

Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.

SASSO: The 99% Rising

James Sasso

Associate Editor

For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.

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BARON: Can We Get Some Privacy, Please?

Noah Baron, Associate Editor

We must remember, while making the best use of this technology, to also remain cautious in to whom we choose provide our precious, precious information.

BARON: No Surprises in Virginia

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

If you vote for a Republican, even one who “promises” to focus on economic issues, you can expect one who will make conservative moves on social issues, even if they are only in subtle (but important) ways.

BARON: What Progressive Strategy?

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

I would much rather have one more moderate Democrat in the Senate and a Democratic majority than a failed progressive Democratic candidate, and no majority at all.

BARON: Wake Up, Internet Generation!

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

If the many progressives of the internet generation do not make it a point to log off of Facebook and actually show up to the meetings of the groups they joined there, we are going to be in serious trouble, starting with the elections coming later this year.

BARON: A Dangerous Hypocrisy

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

For some reason, many on the campus left appear to have an apologist affinity for radical Islam, countries which enforce Islamic law, and terrorist groups. This is unacceptable.

BARON: Thank You, WikiLeaks

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

Over the past three years, WikiLeaks has successfully fought, according to its website, over 100 “legal attacks,” including numerous full-blown lawsuits. Yet its success thus far is no indication of a smooth ride, and its current financial woes suggest that those who bring the organization to court may get their druthers, even if they didn’t see victory by judicial fiat.

BARON: The High Cost of Republican Federalism

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

What price is the conservative wing of the Republican Party willing to pay for blind adherence to traditional dogma? The answer: any price, just so long as they can get re-elected.

BARON: A History Primer for Republicans

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

Lately, many prominent Republicans have been pretending that the events of September 11, 2001 either didn’t happen, or did not happen during the Bush administration. Sounds like these folks need a brief lesson in recent history.

BARON: Fighting for Rights in All the Wrong Places

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

We are investing millions of dollars in referenda and lobbying to achieve marriage equality in the Northeast and West, and often losing in the process – and at the same time, we are leaving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people in the mid-West and South behind.

BARON: Salvation Army to Gays, Atheists, Undocumented Immigrants — ‘Go to Hell!’

Noah Baron, Associate Editor Ideology: Religious Progressive | Writing from: New York City, NY I’ve known for a long time that the Salvation Army isn’t exactly a pristine institution. In 2004, [...]

BARON: The War on the West

Associate Editor Noah Baron denounces the anti-Muslim referendum in Switzerland.

BARON: Technically, A Threat to Liberty

Noah Baron, Associate Editor

BARON: Unsung Heroes

Associate Editor Noah Baron takes a look at some recent random acts of kindness.

BARON: Blunt Equality — Marijuana, Marriage, and Referenda

Maine decriminalizes marijuana but bans gay marriage — what happened and why.

BARON: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Deathers

Though our college campuses might be hotbeds of American liberalism (or social progressivism, or left-wing-nut-ism), it is vital that universities serve not only as places of learning, but also of free and open inquiry.

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