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The Problem of “Social Justice Elitism”

by Joseph Laycock A recent piece by Amer F. Ahmed outlines a phenomenon he calls “social justice elitism.”  Ahmed is the associate director of multi-ethnic student affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He notes a tendency among certain students … Continue reading

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Pluralism and the Outrage in Libya and Egypt

By Steven Ramey The deadly attack in Benghazi and protests in Cairo on September 11, 2012, reportedly over a video depiction of Muhammad produced in the United States, suggest a common understanding of the category “religion” between protestors and the … Continue reading

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Tolerance Discourse and the Democratic Party

By Matt Sheedy In her book Regulating Aversion, Wendy Brown argues, [T]olerance discourse reduces conflict to an inherent friction among identities and makes religious, ethnic, or cultural difference itself an inherent site of conflict, one that calls for and is … Continue reading

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How It Works: Shirley Sherrod, Park51, and the Big Mistake in American Culture

Two stories in the news that had me riveted this summer.  First, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” the Park51 Islamic community center (Jon Stewart labeled it the “Community Center of Death”) that a few Muslim New Yorkers applied for permission … 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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