Not only did Bill O'Reilly play a big part in constructing the notion of an ongoing culture war in America, but he's determined to be the No. 1 embedded reporter on its front lines. Here, he talks to Newt Gingrich about the recent anti-Proposition 8 demonstrations around the U.S.
As political leaders from the right rally their base seeking to outlaw gay marriage, and their counterparts on the left triangulate and equivocate, any real examination of the driving conflicts and stakes behind this crucial human rights concern is conspicuously missing from their debates about California’s Proposition 8.
With all the subtlety of a jackhammer, an enterprising right-wing artiste by the name of Mike Meehan has recorded an election-year anthem, "Please Don't Vote for a Democrat," and has launched a corresponding PR campaign via the Internet and billboard ads -- like this one in noted liberal stronghold Orange County, Florida -- in hopes of striking fear and indignation into the hearts of undecided voters.
In the tradition of Sam Harris, Truthdig introduces secularist radio show host and author Barry Seidman, who argues in this essay that the new religious left could prove to be just as dangerous and divisive to the country as the religious right, because the admonitions of Abrahamic religious texts can never be reconciled with democracy.
Don't believe the hype about homespun religious anger: Middle Eastern leaders stoke religious riots because it makes their secular governments look tame in comparison.
It is time we called a halt to our mindless messing in the Iraqi people's lives.