Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus

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

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
11/22: The Day "Truth" Died
Last week I wrote a column pointing out that evangelical Christians supported a lot of progressive, even radical, political views in 19 th century America. Slowly, some evangelicals are starting to return to their left-leaning roots.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013
"End Times for Obama": A Dangerous Conservative Myth
"If everything -- everything -- isn’t fixed by Nov. 30, we’re looking at a presidency that is going to collapse into utter disaster."
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Friday, November 01, 2013
Critics of Spying on Allies Need a Better Narrative
I was shocked, shocked, to learn that the United States is spying on the leaders of allied nations -- just about as shocked as the French police captain in Casablanca when he saw gambling going on in Rick's café.
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Friday, October 18, 2013
Uncovering the Tea Party's Radical Roots
For decades, Democrats across the country have been holding Jefferson Day dinners, filling their coffers by honoring their party's founder. Suddenly, along comes the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, snatches up poor old TJ, and says, "Sorry, he's actually ours.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Obama's Syria Shift Sends Foreign Policy Elites Back to School
The American public, far from being "isolationist," still generally accepts the vision that Franklin D. Roosevelt used to defeat the "isolationists," the same vision he later offered for world peace: the U.S. enforcing global order without risking American blood.
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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Will the Global Policeman Hang Up His Badge?
“I didn’t set a red line,” Barack Obama now insists .
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Friday, August 02, 2013
Why Do We Have an Espionage Act?
Military justice is to justice as military music is to music. In a civilian court, anyone accused of a crime has the right to trial by a jury of their peers. In the military, a soldier accused of a very serious crime can be tried without any jury at all. In a civilian court, the judge explains the decision as soon as it’s handed down.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Where Have All the Dreamers Gone?
All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too.
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Who Says Conservatives Are More Patriotic?
As we got busy preparing for 4 th of July festivities, this question popped into my head: Are conservatives more patriotic than other Americans? If you were a foreigner spending some time in the USA, getting news from the mass media and just talking to people, you might easily get that impression—especially around the 4 th , when conservatives seem to be the ones most likely to display those big American flags.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
On DOMA, Right-wing Justices Got It Right--and Wrong
(This column is dedicated to my son, Angel, and his spouse, Thomas, who had to leave their home state and go to another state simply to exercise the legal right of enshrining their love in the bonds of matrimony.)
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