American Flag Worship and the UC Irvine Debacle

Violent threats forced the University of California, Irvine to cancel a student government meeting on March 10th. The meeting was set to discuss a vetoed piece of student legislation, which would have banned all flags from the lobby of student government offices. Of course, that’s not what you’ll read in the newspaper or see on TV. Instead, you’ll see that the horribly anti-American student council tried to ban Old Glory from the entire campus in a misguided fit of leftist political correctness.

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Sorry Christians, You Did Bad Shit Too

(Note: This post was written several weeks ago but was not published for a few reasons. While it may be a bit late to post this now, I still think I covered some important topics here, and wanted to put my thoughts out there.)

On the morning of February 5th, President Obama uttered blasphemy. According to former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, his comments were “the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime.” Fox News’ Eric Bolling demanded that he “apologize to Christians everywhere.” One Fox News guest went so far as to label the President’s words “verbal rape.”

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Dream On

The American Dream is dead. At least, that’s what a majority of America thinks, according to the Washington Post. The New York Times disagrees, saying that while faith in the American Dream is waning, the majority still hold true. Only one thing seems clear: the American Dream is not as certain as it used to be. This is in part because of the Recession of 2007, but also because of a larger trend of rising income inequality and greater numbers of the working poor. But let’s take a step back for a moment and examine the “working poor.”

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White-on-White Violence

Look, I sympathize with the 17 (mostly white) people shot in Paris. No one should be killed for what they wrote, and especially no one should be killed for being Jewish. It really was a tragedy. But does it really deserve all of the media attention it’s had, and all of the solidarity? Look at all those heads of state marching together in Paris and making hardworking Frenchmen late for work!

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Remembering the Bubble

I currently attend a liberal arts college in Massachusetts, which, like my High School before it, has a very strong progressive student culture. Terms like systemic racism, islamophobia, and transmisogyny are pretty common in lunch table conversations, and student organizations such as the Multicultural Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center and Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect display a certain archetypal progressiveness that permeates all levels of the student body.

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The Charlie Hebdo Shooting: Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and Free Speech

I don’t doubt you’ve heard of the terror attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo‘s headquarters, which killed, among others, Charlie Hebdo‘s editor and several cartoonists. But, just in case you’re not sure you’ve got a good grasp on things, or if you somehow haven’t heard of the attack, I’ll give you a quick rundown.

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