Category: Articles

The blood of LGBTQ youth is on our hands, Alabama

Last week a 13-year-old boy in Trussville took his own life after battling with depression and anxiety. Jay Griffin, a seventh grader at Trussville Middle School, was transgender. Jay’s mother, Erin Georgia, said she began realizing her son was born in the wrong body half way through the sixth grade. “There was a transition from…
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Feature Story: Wave of Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Shock Diverse Maryland Community

A 2,200 word final feature story for my journalism class. There’s a painting outside of the Montgomery County Executive’s office in Rockville, Maryland of a beloved local landmark. The average visitor to the county seat would pass it by without giving it a second glance. But a closer look reveals a glimpse into the heart…
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The Dark Stain of Bloody Sunday in Alabama

Fifty-two years ago today civil rights activists, led by John Lewis, marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to demand the right to vote, only to be dragged to the ground and brutally beaten by white Alabama state troopers. The blood that flowed is how the day became known as Bloody Sunday. The…
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What it’s like when your state doesn’t love you back

“Get your heart in Alabama, or get out,” demands Amanda Walker in a recent op-ed. I gave my heart to Alabama, but she didn’t love me back, and so I left for the North. Last summer after graduating from Faulkner State Community College, I moved to Washington, D.C. to transfer to Georgetown University. I hope…
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What Do Humanists Make of the Burkini Ban?

Last week French police cited a Muslim woman for wearing a hijab on a beach in Nice, France, and ordered her to remove her headscarf, marking the latest incident in a clash over religious freedom, women’s rights, and national security in France. As reported by the French news agency Agence France-Presse, Siam (who only gave…
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Women’s Rights and Religious Liberty: What California and Illinois’s Laws against Crisis Pregnancy Centers Can Teach Humanists

Last week, two crisis pregnancy centers and a pro-life physician, represented by the conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), sued the state of Illinois after Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed off on new requirements for health care facilities. Passed this year, Senate Bill 1564 amends the state’s Health Care Rights of Conscience Act…
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