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Rev. Irene Monroe

Emmett Till painting raises concerns of cultural appropriation

Onlookers examine the controversial Dana Schutz painting “Open Casket.”

When artist Dana Schutz presented “Open Casket,” an abstract painting of Emmett Till’s open casket-the Chicagoan 14 year old African American male teen lynched in the  Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955- she could not have fathomed the conflagration that erupted. 

Milo Yiannopoulos’s trash talking tanks

For too long Yiannopoulos felt he was unstoppable when it came to his unfettered free speech as an exercise of his First Amendment right.

Milo Yiannopoulos, vulgarian, alt-right’s telegenic token gay and Breitbart’s polemical senior editor, last appearance on a national stage may have finally come.

The irony behind Trump’s travel ban and Holocaust Remembrance Day

Trump’s public statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day omitted any mention of Judaism, anti-Semitism or the Nazis’ systematic program exterminating European Jewry.

The omission was not only hurtful to remaining Holocaust survivors, their families, and friends, but it was dismissive of its six million victims during World War II. 

War on Christmas continues

But there is a difference, in my opinion, between Christian apologists and Christmas apologists.

More than a decade now, when this holiday season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle about what the appropriated season’s greeting should be, exemplifying the continued chapter in the culture “War on Christmas.”

This year we can see the divide between both religious and political party lines.

'Stay woke' this Thanksgiving

The Pilgrim's actual practice of religious liberty came at the expense of the civil rights of Native Americans.

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for.  

Halloween: Our American LGBTQ holiday

Today Halloween is an LGBTQ extravaganza that rivals -- if not out-showcases -- Pride festivals. 

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is "the great gay holiday."

And this weekend of lavish costumed theatricality will attract everyone, but especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) revelers.