Fifty years later, we have compounded the evils of racism, materialism and militarism with ignorance, intolerance and fear. Callousness, cruelty, meanness, immorality, ignorance, hatred, intolerance and injustice have become hallmarks of our modern age, magnified by an echo chamber of nasty tweets, government-sanctioned brutality, and "the politics of exclusion."
Enough is enough. That was the refrain chanted over and over by the thousands of demonstrators who gathered to protest gun violence in America. Why is no one taking aim at the U.S. government as the greatest purveyor of violence in American society and around the world?
Tolerance cuts both ways. This isn't an easy pill to swallow, I know, but that's the way free speech works, especially when it comes to tolerating speech that we hate.
Here's just a small sampling of what we suffered through in 2017.
How do you come together as a nation in thanksgiving when the powers-that-be continue to polarize and divide us into warring factions?
We are being ruled by a government of scoundrels, spies, thugs, thieves, gangsters, ruffians, rapists, extortionists, bounty hunters, battle-ready warriors and cold-blooded killers who communicate using a language of force and oppression.
What is it about America that makes violence our nation's calling card? Is it because America is a gun culture? Is it because guns are so readily available? Is it because entertainment violence is the hottest selling ticket at the box office?
If freedom means anything, it means that those exercising their right to protest are showing the greatest respect for the principles on which this nation was founded: the right to free speech and the right to dissent. One can be patriotic and love one's country while at the same time disagreeing with the government or protesting government misconduct.
As the gruesome torture and crucifixion of Jesus make clear, there is always a price to pay for standing up to one’s oppressors.
When Newsweek recently asked 1,000 adult U.S. citizens to take America's official citizenship test, 29% of respondents couldn't name the current vice president of the United States
Indeed, the state of our nation is at an all-time low—morally, socially, economically and politically.
A kindergarten teacher in a Texas public school was informed that he could not mention the word "Christmas" or tell the historical Nativity story because someone in the district might sue.
Pop culture and the temporal values of entertainment effectively compete with those of religion to such an extent that celebrity has increasingly become the religion of our consumer society.
America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.
Lady Gaga, a.k.a. the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta, is undeniably a musical force to be reckoned with. At least for the moment.
Despite the political firestorm surrounding the federal court decision that overturned California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage, little has been said about the real issues that are contributing to the dysfunctional American family.
Barack Obama came into the office of the presidency proclaiming hope and change and a personal adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who preached a message of peace, love and nonviolence. Yet any hope that Obama's professed religious beliefs might lead him to put an end to the endless wars was short-lived.
The tension between political correctness and religious freedom is heightened in such cases as Phelps v. Snyder and Christian Legal Society (CLS) v. Martinez, which present scenarios that test our tolerance for expressive yet politically incorrect First Amendment activities.
Faced with adversity, this generation could very well rise to meet the grave challenges before them, bringing about positive change for our times and maintaining our freedoms, as well. The following will hopefully help them on the journey that awaits.
How far would you go to stand up for what you believe? Would you be willing to get arrested and go to jail?
As technology grows more sophisticated and the government and its corporate allies further refine their methods of keeping tabs on the American people, those of us who treasure privacy increasingly find ourselves engaged in a struggle to maintain our freedoms in the midst of the modern surveillance state.
Certainly, in our American family tree, there is no one more radical than Jefferson.
For many, this week, which ends with Easter, is the most sacred week of the Christian year.
The First Amendment right to free speech is on life support. And with its recent refusal to review the case of Nurre v. Whitehead, the Supreme Court may have pulled the plug.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear Snyder v. Phelps, a case dealing with anti-gay protests at the funerals of American soldiers, is stirring up debate over whether the privacy rights of grieving families trumps the free speech rights of demonstrators.