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Conservative Fundamentalism Is Terrorism

By | May 25th, 2017|Equality, Issues, LGBTQ|

by Rev. Sean Carroll In today’s news we are met with a religious bomber who attacked fans enjoying an Ariana Grande concert, and in the US, Texas passing a “religious liberty” adoption bill. Both of them are terrorist acts. Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the [...]

From Oppressed to Oppressor: The Journey of Evangelicals in the US

By | May 15th, 2017|Equality, Issues, Religion|

By: Rev. Sean Carroll We all are familiar with many of the first colonies in the United States. From early childhood we are taught that the Pilgrims came to this land to escape persecution under the English Crown and those who made it here found freedom, success, and the right to pursue happiness. Looking back [...]

Finland, Values, and Phil Berger

By | May 3rd, 2017|Education, Equality, Health Care, Issues, North Carolina, Uncategorized|

Jennifer R. Mangrum, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at UNCG. On Easter Sunday, I arrived in Oulu, Finland.  Five of my student teachers from UNCG and I were going to work in Oulu International School for two weeks.   I knew we’d learn a lot but I didn’t realize [...]

The Stain of HB2

By | March 22nd, 2017|Equality, HB2, Issues, LGBTQ, North Carolina, Opinion|

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of an ignominious event in North Carolina history: the passage of HB2, the law that will forever be known as the bathroom bill. Estimates vary about the exact economic losses this single statute has cost us, but the loss in pride, prestige, and standing in the nation and indeed the [...]