Category Archives: Culture

When We Ignore the Nexus Between Faith and Bigotry …

The other day President Obama went to a mosque in Baltimore and said, “And so if we’re serious about freedom of religion — and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country — we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”…

Is Hollywood, the Capital of Liberal America, Racist?

Let’s take a brief break from politics and talk about something just as important as picking the next president of the United States. The Oscars. By now you’ve probably heard that Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of actor Will Smith, and director Spike Lee, will boycott the Academy Award ceremony because not a single black…

Obama Never Tried to Bridge the Divide

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Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. In it, he expressed personal discontent with the years of national polarization that have accompanied his tenure in office. He admitted that the situation is worse now than how he’d found it back 2008. “It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency…

And Scene…on the Last Reel of Truth in Politics

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One night back in 1996, I dropped by a local Blockbuster Video on the way home to my one-bedroom apartment (at the back of a popular barbecue restaurant), and picked up a film that would become one of my all-time favorites: Fargo. I hadn’t heard much about the movie prior to watching it (other than…

New Year’s Predictions — What to Look for in 2016

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New Year’s predictions are always tough to make, especially in the realm of politics where fortunes can turn on a dime. Scandals, cultural interests, and world events all contribute to an ever-changing landscape that can knock even the most logical forecasts completely out of whack. Still, in the spirit of fun, I’m going to join…