July 8, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Unleashing anti-Semitism Last weekend, something incredible and frightening occurred: The Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president tweeted a blatantly anti-Semitic meme about Hillary Clinton. The claim that criticisms of the image amounted to "political correctness run amok" are belied by the fact that it was lifted from a white supremacist site ("Trump defends tweet with star," Tuesday). To me, this issue of human decency transcends politics.
June 1, 2016 |
Theories on the rise of Donald Trump too often rely on the anger, bigotry, and general backwardness of his supporters. This grounding isn't much questioned, even by commentators who think they're questioning it. The inferiority of those people (formerly known as We the People) is widely taken for granted. This points to the real driver of Trump's success: the armor-plated complacency of the politicians, commentators, and other political professionals he's running against. To many liberals and more than a few conservatives, support for Trump proves your unfitness for civilized society.
May 17, 2016
By Michael Gerson 'A significant part of the Roma are unfit for coexistence. These Roma are animals, and they behave like animals. ... Inarticulate sounds pour out of their bestial skulls. ... These animals shouldn't be allowed to exist. In no way. That needs to be solved - immediately and regardless of the method. " These words were written not in 1943, but in 2013. They are from an article by Zsolt Bayer, one of the founders of Hungary's ruling party, Fidesz, and a friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
January 31, 2016 |
Question: I bought a house a few years ago in a development in a nonmetropolitan part of Virginia. There was a homeowners association with a president. However, the association was not active until about two years ago, when I started a Facebook group for it. Now, there are about 30 neighbors in the Facebook group. It was a nice way to get to begin to know our neighbors. For the first time in many years, there was an association dinner last year that about 18 people attended. I was not an official in the association but did most of its work.
January 13, 2016 |
LATE LAST WEEK, as darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn't the shooting that shocked the city. Nor was it the irony of Archer shooting Hartnett with a police service weapon that had been stolen from an officer's home in 2013.
September 23, 2015
IN HIS MEMOIR, without him saying it - maybe not even realizing it - gay icon Mark Segal is transformed from a long-haired, "left-wing pinko fag" social outcast into a bald, suit-wearing, political-power insider. A national LGBT leader, the South Philly-born Segal was at the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, the Bunker Hill of gaydom. The supporting cast in And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality includes Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp, an early supporter; Walter Cronkite, a zap victim; Ed Rendell; Tom Corbett; Patti LaBelle; Vince Fumo; John Street; Elton John; Cecil B. Moore; Morton Downey Jr.; Andy Warhol; even Frank Rizzo.
April 3, 2015 |
When Gov. Mike Pence refused seven times to say whether a new Indiana law allows discrimination against gay people, the logical assumption was that he didn't want to admit that it does. Since that Sunday interview on ABC's This Week, however, it has become clear that the law was not written to allow discrimination, which means Pence's dance around the truth was likely calculated to score political points with opponents of gay marriage. Pence changed his tune after the public reaction to the new law threatened events such as the coming NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Indianapolis.
May 14, 2014 |
SHAME ON Donald Sterling, yes. His shame is the sort that never will wash clean. But shame on CNN, too, for letting him hang himself again with his own rope. And shame on us, too, for watching. In the wake of his recent comments that laid bare his bigotry, Sterling this weekend sat down with this public confessor, Anderson Cooper, and vainly tried to punish himself, in the hopes of . . . what? Convincing other NBA owners to lift the lifetime ban and not force him to sell his Clippers?
May 1, 2014
Unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There's more cholera in America than there is racism. - Ann Coulter If only that statement by the Fox News commentator were true. Instead, though great strides have been made, bias based on race, ethnicity, or religion remains a reality in America. Most reasonable people knew that before Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling - whom the NBA declared banned for life Tuesday - told his mistress not to bring black people to Clippers games.
February 28, 2014
WHEN advocates of same-sex marriage pushed their case in the courts of both public opinion and law, they made sure to read the following language from that little card provided to them by the tolerance police: "No one will be forced to violate their religious beliefs if Adam can marry Steve and Madame can marry Eve. " Much like the Miranda warnings that became famous after the Supremes decided that magic words were all that were needed to protect the...