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Who am I? Guess the progressive

Can you identify this person? Occasional Planet’s “Who Am I” series features people who have made important contributions to liberal thought, progressive politics, human rights, enlightened education, environmental awareness, and “small-d” democratic principles–both in the US and internationally. The abbreviated bios in our “Progressive Hall of Fame” only hint at the scope of our hall…

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Grieving for Pakistan, and very angry, too

Perhaps you know now that on December 16, Taliban massacred more than 130 schoolchildren in Peshawar, Pakistan; death tolls are greater than that, and injuries even higher. I grieve for Pakistan. I grieve for the hope we temporarily shared when Malala overcame the Taliban’s cruelty, and we prayed they had learned their lesson, but know…

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After Ferguson: Who makes the rules?

I recently had the misfortune of hearing KMOX radio [in St. Louis] while in the car. (Except for some Cardinals games, I haven’t listened to them in years– I stopped when they started carrying Rush Limbaugh.) There was a “Roundtable discussion” with four people, one woman, one black male, and two extremely conservative (to put…

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Talking about race

We need to have a serious discussion about race. Because believe it or not, not talking about race is not going to end racism; it is going to perpetuate complicity in a racist system. It’s not making you “colorblind” or stopping you from putting any stock in race, it’s just stopping you from being able…

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Coming out of the atheist closet

We are living in an age when more and more people are becoming non-religious. Science is the main source for answers in the natural world and religion is no longer the standard. Thus, we are seeing more and more people, “coming out of the atheist closet.” However, atheists are receiving a lot of hate from…