Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of the online " and the book, "American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea."

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 8:45am
Why We Protest: A Message for Middle America
I live in a small, pretty typical middle-American city. For decades it was rock-ribbed Republican. Recently it’s been turning slowly but steadily more liberal. So now it is solidly purple. When we stand out on Main Street (yes, it’s really called Main Street) at our weekly progressive vigil, we get...
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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 8:30am
Field of Fright: The Terror Inside Trump's White House
What kind of national security policy will the Trump administration pursue globally? On this issue, as on so many others, the incoming president has offered enough contradictory clues, tweets, and comments that the only definitive answer right now is: Who knows? During his presidential campaign he...
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Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:45am
Trying to Save the World Should Be Fun
Since Election Day my mood has been sunk deep in the shadows. It’s been hard to find the energy to smile, even on the sunniest day. Then came the Women’s March. I arrived late and joined the march in mid-route. The signs, the banners, the colors, and everywhere the smiles—it was like plunging into...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
Moving Beyond Resistance
In the very early morning hours of November 9 , when we learned that Donald Trump—however improbably and perhaps illegitimately—would be the next president of the United States, a battle broke out inside my head. It is still raging on. It’s a battle for control of my life. On one side is a...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 8:15am
MLK's Big Mistake: Love and Strategy in the Age of Trump
With the MLK holiday approaching, I keep thinking of this wisdom from the eminent progressive historian Eric Foner: “Single-focus organizations, which have proliferated in the last generation, need to recapture the sense of being part of a larger movement for social change that addresses diverse...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9:00am
Joy Trumps Fear
Sometimes I force myself to look at photos of Donald Trump, to confront the harsh reality that he will indeed, in all likelihood, soon be the president of the United States. What strikes me most forcefully in that face is the total lack of joy. Oh, I imagine he can feel plenty of pleasure. he seems...
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 12:30pm
America's New Vietnam in the Middle East
It was half a century ago, but I still remember it vividly. “We have to help South Vietnam,” I explained. “It’s a sovereign nation being invaded by another nation, North Vietnam.” “No, no,” my friend protested. “There’s just one Vietnam, from north to south, divided artificially. It’s a civil war...
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 11:15am
America’s Reckless War Against Evil
Oh, no! Not another American war against evil! This time, it’s the Islamic State (IS). After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama, spokesman-in-chief for the United States of America, called that crew “the face of evil.” Shades of George W. Bush. The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop,...
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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:45am
Don’t Blame Climate Change Deniers
The old joke, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it," is no laughing matter any more. It's dead serious. Yet the United States seems politically paralyzed on this most vital issue. It's easy to blame the climate change deniers. But it's wrong. In Gallup's most recent...
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Israeli Air Force bombing in Gaza this week. (photo: flickr / cc / Basel Yazouri) Views
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 9:15am
Israel's Strategy and America's Mythology
Bombs are falling and people are dying in Gaza. It's headline news in America's mass media. As usual, though, we get only today's events, with no historical context to explain what's really going on and why. The crucial piece of history our mass media ignore is that one basic principle has always...
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