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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Jochen Kiesow, Guest Columnist
For too long the world – minus China and to some extent India – has simply turned a blind eye to the mutual acts of terror committed by Sinhalese and Tamil alike, preferring indifference over action in the plight of the Sri Lankan people.
Chadwick Ciocci, Columnist
Congressman Peter King recently announced that in his new position as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee he will hold hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims. The announcement has been met with outlandish cries of bigotry, racism and xenophobia. Home grown terrorism, however, is a serious and potentially deadly threat that must be understood before it is to be combated, and King’s hearings are a step in that direction.
Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Associate Editor
As America wails over the privacy lost from full-body airport scanners, Cuevas takes a step back to ask, “Is it really so bad?”
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.”
Tim Peterson, Socratic
Following Andrew Joseph Stack III’s February 18th attack on an IRS building in Austin, Texas, many have asked: did Stack commit a terrorist attack and was he, in fact, a terrorist? Indeed, the pecking over the terrorist label is a superficial debate that buries the more dire discussion of issues.
Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Independent
Trying Khaled Sheikh Mohammed in a criminal court would send a clear message of pride and certainty to the rest of the world – a distinguished belief in our system and our country’s dependence on and commitment to due process. Certainly 9/11 was an act of war rather than a “mere” felony, but that does not legitimize the subversion of one of the pillars supporting this government. Instead of subverting due process, we should sublimate it.
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.
Adam S. Sieff, liberal
At the end of yesterday’s White House press conference on the botched Christmas bombing, press corps legend Helen Thomas asked John Brennan, the President’s assistant in charge of counterterrorism intelligence, the money question that corporate media airheads and hacks have never really considered: “why does Al Qaeda want to attack us?”
Emily Paige Blanco, Conservative
Many Americans fail to recognize that flying is not a right, but rather a privilege and choice. Yes, it oftentimes is the most convenient form of transportation, but it is by no means an inherent human right to fly in an airplane.
Conor J Rogers, Republican
In failing to swiftly respond to the attempted Christmas bombing, Obama missed his first chance to redefine what it means to be an anti-terror Democrat.
Kathleen McCaffrey, Libertarian
Michele Walk, Moderate
National security needs to be totally revamped. Until we bring down costs, employ more resources to out-thinking terrorists, and fail to cover enormous security gaps, we will remain vulnerable to terrorism.
Adam Sieff, Liberal
No combination of security measures and counter-terrorist action can drive the risk of terrorist attacks down to zero. As a result, the focus of homeland security should be to minimize harm, not eradicate risk.
by Peter Fulham, Democrat
The past decade was not the worst of the century; the era following the Great Depression surely takes that prize. But it is perhaps safe to say that never before as a nation have we been so unsure of our future, so unable to find a silver lining in our own history, as we are now.
The biggest threats to America are not to be pitied.
The psycholinguistic effects of the phrase “Muslim World” can be more destructive than intended.