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Partisan Science: Evolution and Creation in Postsecular American Politics

by Donovan Schaefer A recent Pew Research Center poll explored correlations between political party identification and beliefs about the origins of species in the U.S. The poll found that self-identified Republicans are the most likely to reject evolutionary accounts of human origins–whether … Continue reading

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Ho Chi Minh and the Politics of Memory

by Michael Graziano In the course of preparing a new project on the Vietnam War, I stumbled upon a series of news articles covering Vietnamese President Sang’s visit to the United States last month. After meeting with President Obama at … Continue reading

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We Don’t Doubt, We Don’t Take Direction: Whiteness, Religion, and the 2012 US Election

By Donovan Schaefer The 2012 election campaign made an open contest of religion much less than anyone would have predicted in 2008.  Aside from the occasional outburst during the Republican primaries, Governor Mitt Romney’s Mormonism was nearly a non-issue, even … Continue reading

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Is Islamophobia Racism?

Short answer: Yes. The long answer: So you remember Don Imus? The sports commentator who called the teenage girls of the Rutgers basketball team “nappy-headed hoes” and was dropped from NBC? How about Michael Richards—the guy who played Kramer on … Continue reading

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Robert Fisk on the Secular Popular Revolts (backed by secret Islamists? Er, no)

Robert Fisk’s op-ed in the Independent (Sunday, 20 February 2011) confronts the dominant Western government and media stereotype of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya (and national socialist China?). They are not religiously inspired uprisings - and Fisk requests that we please … Continue reading

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Tolerating Muslims at Ground Zero: No thanks!

In recent weeks I have observed U.S. liberals protesting against Terry Jones’ proposal to burn the Qur’an, and countering the pastor’s none-too-subtle violent posture towards Muslims. I’ve also witnessed other liberal-minded folk defending the decision to build an Islamic centre somewhere in the vicinity of the destroyed … Continue reading

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The Cardinal Newman Society and Unintentional Irony

The Cardinal Newman Society has certainly set a new standard for unintentional irony. Let me explain how… The mission of The Cardinal Newman Society, according to its website, “is to help renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education.” On the surface, … Continue reading

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