OPINIONS


2/14/2016, 11:32am

Why Bernie Sanders deserves your vote over Hillary Clinton

Many southeastern Michiganders are excited to attend the “A Future to Believe In Rally” today at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center, where Bernie Sanders is set to speak about a “wide range of issues important to Michiganders including making college affordable, reforming our health care system, and getting big money out of politics,” as it states on Sanders’ campaign website. I am one of those supporters who is absolutely ecstatic to attend the event and hear Sanders speak; and, while I’ve already heard most of what he has to say, that is one of the very reasons I back his campaign for president — because for “over 40 years Sanders has built his political career on a very focused message about what he calls a ‘rigged economy,’” according to Tamara Keith, a NPR White House Correspondent. Contrast that to Hillary Clinton, whose political career has been a rollercoaster of inconsistencies, platitudes and kowtows to corporate interests — including ties to special interests and Wall Street.


1/27/2016, 10:22am

Bernie Sanders should not seek the Democratic Party nomination

As the months tick down to November, two things are becoming clear: one is that Bernie Sanders has a serious chance at winning the White House; the other is that his greatest obstacle to the White House might very well be the Democratic Party. With the momentum he has gathered since he initially dismissed the idea of an independent run, the independent democratic-socialist and coincidental Democrat shouldn’t feel himself wedded to the idea of winning only with the Democratic Party nomination.


1/24/2016, 10:42am

Let's stop talking about Donald Trump

I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t talk about Trump, but in the face of yet another media feeding frenzy following the very real potential for “Trump-Palin 2016,” I’m breaking that this once to call out the proliferators of Trump’s politics.


1/20/2016, 1:10pm

A follow-up to 'Stop defending Islam as a religion of peace'

Following the publication of my most recent column (“Stop defending Islam as a religion of peace”) came a maelstrom of misinterpretation, hateful scorn and cries of “Islamophobia.” I had, of course, expected some commotion—it is, after all, a touchy subject—but I had never expected such an outcry, considering I had written about religion in the past. I had hope that I would not be misunderstood and labeled—very simplistically—a “racist” or “Islamophobe.” Unfortunately for me, I was very wrong. Of course, when you write about religion—and other taboo subjects—as much as I do, you run the risk of being labeled every callous pejorative under the sun, and, no matter how incorrect and tactless my critics may be, I knew that risk beforehand.


1/13/2016, 9:56am

The LGBT community is its own worst enemy

Most of those reading have probably heard the term "The LGBT Community." When spoken politically, as it often is, the most common associations are with a perceived threat to civil liberties or sometimes simply waxing poetic about The Community's strength and courage, but the name itself betrays a disturbing quality of its existence.


1/10/2016, 12:18pm

Stop defending Islam as a 'religion of peace'

People need to stop defending Islam. It’s one thing to condemn violence, hate and prejudice against and/or by Muslims, but it’s another thing altogether to claim that Islam is a religion of peace, while at the same time deriding Christians for their backward beliefs. There are over one hundred verses in the Quran that call for war, specifically against nonbelievers.


1/10/2016, 10:34am

Wearing a bindi is cultural appropriation

When I was growing up right outside of Ann Arbor, I had neighbors who were Indian. That really wasn’t that different as Ann Arbor is growing in cultural and racial diversity, but they were the coolest people I knew.