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The Clash of Civil Persuasions

(Tommy Raskin)— Many pundits interpret the troubling spread of ISIS as proof that a “clash of civilizations” is emerging between the traditionally liberal West and a bloc of illiberal Islamists. … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Irony of Colonial Apologetics

(Tommy Raskin)– As some formerly colonized countries in Sub-Saharan Africa still grapple with resource disputes and sectarian violence, it is hardly unusual to hear people wonder aloud whether 19th and … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Would You Idolize a Janitor?

(Tommy Raskin)– Ten years ago, as I sat with my parents in John Foster Dulles Airport on our way out of the country, I happened upon a thick-accented custodian who … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · 4 Comments

In Holocaust Education, Re-Emphasize Allied Apathy

(Tommy Raskin)– When teaching children about racism and genocide, educators often focus on individual biases as the source of systematic racism and anti-Semitism.  For example, at my synagogue, teachers often … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Prevalence of Corporal Punishment in US Schools

(Tommy Raskin)– If you thought that corporal punishment was a relic of our educational system’s distant past, think again. Some nineteen states, clinging tightly to the Supreme Court’s 1977 ruling in Ingraham … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

Neoconservatives Use Moral Relativism to Blame Progressivism for Islamic Misogyny

(Tommy Raskin)– The neoconservative camp, always eager to wrestle with imaginary positions of their opponents, is now bravely challenging another belief that no one holds, which is that “all cultures … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Is the Value of Courtesy and Dignity in the Workplace?

(Tommy Raskin)– Nice words—obviously—don’t pay the bills. Complimenting underpaid Americans doesn’t raise their wages, and common courtesy doesn’t give people the tools they need to self-actualize. But that doesn’t make civility … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 2 Comments
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