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What the Confederate Flag in Front of White House Says About Our Political Battles

This is the racist legacy of slavery and its aftermath, as typified in Civil War symbolism.

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

AFP/GETTY IMAGES In May, President Obama became the first U.S. president to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex … Continued

“Free stuff”? The message from Romney’s NAACP speech

NICHOLAS KAMM AFP/GETTY IMAGES US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People … Continued

Lisa Brown, silenced on the Michigan House floor, helps read ‘Vagina Monolgues’ on statehouse steps

Dale G. Young AP Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, from left, Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, playwright Eve Ensler and Sen. … Continued

Papal religion and politics in Mexico and Cuba

Pope Benedict’s visit to Latin America in 2012 will take him to two countries: one where the Catholic Church is … Continued

Tweeting for justice: Why social media is the new face of feminism

“Feminist ethicist Beverly Harrison once wrote, “God is in the connection.” In the “spectacular social media defeat” of Rush Limbaugh, … Continued

Colbert and the Super PACs: The men who stare at votes

Kris Connor GETTY IMAGES Stephen Colbert speaks during the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on the National Mall on … Continued

Is Romney Mormonism’s JFK?

After his successes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is two crucial steps closer to clinching the 2012 Republican … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Can a Christian be a libertarian?

Charlie Neibergall AP U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during a news conference at his newly opened Iowa campaign office, … Continued