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Digest for March 11th through March 13th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 11th through March 13th:

  • Op-Ed Columnist: The Unhealthy Meat Market – A handful of companies control what we put on the dinner table, raising concerns for the lives of humans and animals alike.
  • The One, Two Punch of Being Anti-Gay – First a reputation stain, then the pocketbook strains. That's what lawmakers the world over learned to expect recently when efforts to penalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people move forward.
  • The Bigot’s Lament – After Arizona, the religious right nurses its persecution complex.
  • We’re Not Perfect, We’re Parents – There is an unspoken standard for all parents, but it seems gay parents are subject to more scrutiny. This is a personal testimony by our parenting writer, Frank Lowe, regarding this double standard.
  • Op-ed: No One Is Invincible – One young man who's in a bout with cancer explains why no one should scoff at affordable health care.
  • Why Racial Blowback is The New Racism – I know that racism has existed in this country for years. I’m not talking about basic American xenophobia. What I’m talking about is a newer, concentrated, more focused racism that seems to have emerged riiiight about the time Obama became president. It’s a form of racism that seems to be a reflexive movement by certain angry whites in reaction to not only the election of a bi-racial president, but also the social changes that have emerged soon after Obama’s election, circa 2008 to early 2009.
  • This Life-Saving Drug Has Stopped 10,000 Overdoses, And It Could Stop Many More – On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new campaign aimed at curbing heroin overdoses, encouraging law enforcement officials to carry naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug that has saved thousands of lives.
  • How Jews Brought America to the Tipping Point on Marriage Equality: Lessons for the Next Social Justice Issues – The story of Jews’ contributions has continuing political relevance. The campaign for marriage equality offers valuable lessons for how to break through public resistance on other issues that Jewish groups are now addressing, including economic justice initiatives like paid sick leave, rights for domestic workers, and raising the minimum wage.
  • Atheists Are Not Offended by a Cross, They Are Offended by Discrimination – When two planes took down the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001 it should really be of no surprise steel crosses were left standing.

    What should be a surprise is that someone pulled one of these from the rubble, had it then cut to look more like the Latin cross worshipped by Christians around the world, blessed by a priest and then called a "miracle."

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