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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STORM: Only Time Will Tell

The devolution of American values and culture has been underway for some time, but the devolution of America, the mighty and illustrious one that exists in our history textbooks—the America that triumphed over the muscular and mighty British military; the America that managed to emerge from our own internal war stronger than before; the America that fought through a depression that tried every aspect of our being; the America that was instrumental in not one, but two world wars; and the America that came together in the wake of the most horrific act of terror we had ever faced—is harder to pin point.

RUSHFORD: She’s a Lady—But Is That All?

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

Yesterday was Women’s Equality Day, a day Congress designated to commemorate the ratification of 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. However, as revolutionary as the ratification of the 19th amendment was, there are still many ideological battles for women to fight and win in 2010.

PETERSON: City of Angles

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

A writer prepares to head home to Los Angeles to see how his hometown’s changed: how it’s grown and how it’s shrunk.

HOLLINSHEAD: Religious Freedom Must Triumph Over Islamophobia

Kevin Hollinshead, Columnist

The proposed Muslim center near Ground Zero will ultimately help the U.S. recover from the wounds of 9/11. Some victims’ families are understandably uneasy about the proposed mosque, but allowing Islamophobic scare tactics dictate our interpretation of the First Amendment would mean “letting the terrorists win.”

RUSHFORD: Who Are You Calling Middle Class?

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

Many Democrats see $200,000 as the cut off for defining how much individual middle-class Americans make. However, this does not take in account the high cost of living for many Americans.

PETERSON & ROGERS: The Left’s Battle Cry Should Be a Dean Scream

Tim Peterson, Left-Independent
Conor Rogers, Center-Right

A smattering of pundits have argued that Democrats lack a salesman, someone to not simply counterbalance conservative criticism but to argue the progressive cause. Heading into November and beyond, the left needs its own Sarah Palin, its own Glenn Beck. They need Howard Dean.

CARMONA: NOM’s Summer of Love?

Jay Carmona, Columnist – Debut Column

By not denouncing violent signs and rhetoric, as well as freely associating with groups widely known to be hate groups, NOM is advocating for the opposite of a world of happy families and children: a world where deviation from norms and “tradition”—nay, innovation—is punished with violence, where you are judged not by the good you do in the world but by whom you love and how you love them.

BILBO: Andrew Breitbart’s Post-Racial Racism

Tyler Bilbo, Columnist

The worst consequence of Andrew Breitbart’s attack on Shirley Sherrod is the gulf that it increases between an increasingly post-racial group of white Americans and the vast majority of black people who refuse to accept the realities of racial injustice.

HOLLINSHEAD: The Consequences of Congressional Term Limits

Kevin Hollinshead, Columnist

Proponents of term limits want to take the easy way out by essentially outsourcing their ability to oust incumbents (read: giving up power). Yet, every American eligible to vote has the opportunity to turn this system around. In the end, it’s on us.

RUSHFORD: [CENSORED] the FCC

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

Parents must take an active role in their children’s development, including monitoring what they watch on TV and what they do on the Internet. The government should not be your babysitter, by harping on and fining free enterprise.

PETERSON: Poll Reveals Polls Suck

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

By the underlying logic of polls, the numbers of those who believe Obama is a socialist could flip if the question becomes, “Is Obama Robin Hood?” No, seriously.

HOLLINSHEAD: Sizing up Two Recent Supreme Court Decisions

Kevin Hollinshead, Columnist

On Monday, as the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court hopeful Elena Kagan began, the existing Court quietly issued two relatively significant decisions.

PETERSON: WikiDemocracy in America

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

As online tools like the California Budget Challenge and YouCut grow in popularity, do they portend a purer representative democracy?

PETERSON: An Open Letter to Arne Duncan

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

As more public schools are replaced with charters, a short-term solution becomes a long-term problem.

PETERSON: A Native’s Reaction to CA Prop. 14

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

There’s no shortage of opinion surrounding open primaries. But does any of it matter right now?

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