Commitment to even a good cause is absurdly difficult to achieve in our highly partisan national and local politics. However, I know that it is profoundly within our reach.
The two-party system engenders a competition of ideas that could be healthy and productive — but too often now it engenders mere deceit and destructive divisiveness.
The excessively partisan climate of 2016 so far is both deeply disappointing and discouraging. Legitimate political differences are quite significant this year — but the heated rhetoric has mostly overshadowed and clouded even those strategic differences. And most of the news media provides precious little help, hampered as they often are by their own deeply distorting biases! more >>
U.S. presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, May 5, by enjoying a taco bowl at his desk and tweeting a photo of it with the caption "I love Hispanics," a gesture that riled many on social media.
Trump shared the photo of himself smiling widely over a sour cream-covered taco bowl on Facebook and Twitter, along with a special message to the Hispanic community.
Contracted curators who operate Facebook's influential "trending news" section say they regularly censor some conservative news organizations from being included in the section.
Facebook launched its trending news section in 2014, allowing its millions of Facebook users to easily scroll through some of the day's hottest news stories by simply looking at the upper left-hand corner of their Facebook feed.
As over 600 million people see a news story on Facebook every week, the trending news section has become one of the most prominent vehicles for news consumption today. more >>
Russell Moore says the belief that the United States is a Christian nation in the respect of being a divinely ordained country is "theological liberalism."
In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, the head of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention tackled the question of whether or not the U.S. is a Christian nation.
About 10 days before Donald Trump overwhelmed Ted Cruz in Indiana, as I was rearranging some books in my library (to make room for some recent acquisitions), I came across a book, Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death. Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, which I remember making quite an impression on me when it was originally published in 1985.
Postman, at the time a professor of communication arts and sciences at New York University, had already published fifteen books. Amusing Ourselves to Death was destined to be the most memorable and insightful.
As I casually began to peruse the book, memories came flooding back to me of just why I was so sobered by Postman's insights in 1985. I found myself sitting down in my study and virtually re-reading the entirety of this deceptively small volume. The more I read the more dumfounded I was by Postman's prophetic insights into what was then America's future and is now too often a painful description of America's present and may very well portend an even more depressing future. more >>
Planned Parenthood is fighting a decision by the state of Kansas removing Medicaid compensation for the nation's largest abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed suit against Kansas in federal court on Thursday in response to the state Department of Health and Environment terminating their participation in Medicaid.
"We will fight with all we have to protect Kansans' right to choose their health care provider," said Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri President and CEO Laura McQuade in a statement. more >>