OPINIONS


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.


1/5/2016, 11:18am

Letter to the Editor: Opportunities for Africology and African American studies education at EMU

The Department of Africology and African American studies here at Eastern Michigan University offers several academic programs and General Education courses that are designed to help enrich your learning experience in a way that could better prepare and equip you with knowledge and skills for effective functioning in a world of diverse peoples and cultures. We offer a bachelor’s degree program in African American studies, which is open to all students, regardless of your country of origin, racial, ethnic or gender classification.


12/9/2015, 10:58am

The opioid epidemic is a lie

Many people have talked about the failure of the war on drugs. It's no secret that in spite of decades of attempts, little to nothing has improved.


12/9/2015, 10:57am

Stop the Christmas 'tug of war'

In a previous article I brought some issues to light that can help explain why some Christians may react so extremely and perpetuate this War on Christmas.


12/6/2015, 11:06am

College students should be tax exempt

Like many students, I am employed through my university, and, even though I have a place to live with a meal plan, I often find myself desperately trying to scrape together enough money to buy my textbooks at the beginning of each semester (and I know I am not the only one who gets a twinge of pain after searching endlessly for the textbook I need and shelling out hundreds of dollars). With the cost of attending college, combined with the often low-income status of many students, college students should not be taxed. According to Time, the average person will pay 20 percent of their federal income to taxes.


11/30/2015, 1:07pm

When art enables abuse

In most forms of journalism and critique, there's an aspiration toward objectivity. Certainly, some forms call on it more than others, but in the world that I come from—music criticism and, in a larger context, culture journalism—the opinions of the writer are inextricably linked to the subject they're courting.