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'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.' Should Result in Serious, Soulful Reflection for Those Attending Church

When "Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul." was released earlier this month, I read a lot of mixed reactions on social media to the film, which is a dark satire on Black megachurch culture in the South. The writer and director, Adamma Ebo, and her producer and twin sister, Adanne, received great reviews at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but ...Read more

The Government Can't Fix Social Media Moderation and Should Not Try: Democrats and Republicans Both Demand Solutions That Are Inconsistent With the First Amendment

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Despite their increasingly bitter differences, Democrats and Republicans generally agree that content moderation by social media companies is haphazard at best. But while Democrats tend to think the main problem is too much speech of the wrong sort, Republicans complain that platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are biased against them.

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Reimagining Our Police Forces: What Is It We Need?

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Bill Bratton has been the police commissioner of three major cities: Boston, Los Angeles and New York. When asked last year about the value of cops, Bratton, 73, said: "They are the glue that literally holds society together. They are an essential element of a successful democracy." I agree.

But we have come to a place now where we need to ...Read more

Thankful for a Semblance of Pre-COVID Normalcy

Being just a little over two years removed from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of this school year is the closest to past normality for many colleges and universities.

The four freshmen English composition classes that I teach at Ohio State University's Lima campus during the fall are in person. With the Zoom lull from online...Read more

Biden's Sneaky Censors: Behind the Scenes, Federal Officials Pressure Social Media Platforms to Suppress Disfavored Speech

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"Tech platforms are notoriously opaque," the White House complained last week, saying Americans deserve to know more about how online forums decide "when and how to remove content from their sites." Yet the Biden administration, which routinely pressures social media companies to suppress speech it does not like, is hardly a model of ...Read more

Know a Victim of Domestic Abuse? Here's How to Help Them

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Domestic abuse is a terrible cycle. Victim advocates say it takes an average of seven events before the injured person tries to leave an abusive situation for good.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. every minute. Over the course of one year...Read more

Praying That Troubled Youth Have a 'Come to Themselves' Moment

The dangerous and deadly trend in Columbus, Ohio, of teenagers stealing Kias and Hyundais has unfortunately been on an upward slope since January. Many of these teens are part of a gang known as "The Real Kia Boys," which originated in Milwaukee. Youth in other states have adopted this moniker due to the popularity of these car thefts growing on...Read more

Biden and Trump Stoke Division While Complaining About It: The Current and Former Presidents Offer Dueling but Equally Apocalyptic Takes on This Fall's Elections

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Last week in Philadelphia, President Joe Biden gave "the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an American president," so former President Donald Trump proclaimed at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Saturday before proceeding to outdo Biden.

The two speeches -- one decrying "MAGA Republicans" who "represent an ...Read more

Readers to Politicians: You're Not Listening!

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

In March 2020, this column focused on the need for citizens who are unhappy with the state of our political and justice systems to speak up about their concerns.

Your opinion can't be counted if you stay silent, I wrote. Or as one of my readers put it, "We now have the government that we have earned but not the government our children deserve...Read more

Will Americans Heed Biden's Plea to Defend Democracy?

Decades from now, Joe Biden's errors may not be forgotten, whether they relate to Afghanistan, the border or inflation. But whatever Biden has gotten wrong, posterity will remember that he was right about one critical matter: the dangers to democracy that arose in our time.

His prime-time address Thursday was a milestone of a regrettable sort: ...Read more

Thinking About the Cultural Theme of Spectacle in Jordan Peele's 'Nope'

As the second week of the 2022 fall semester is rapidly winding up for my English composition classes, I decided to take in one last summer movie before my heavy essay grading begins: Jordan Peele's neo-Western sci-fi horror film "Nope."

If you're a fan of Peele's work, you know that his primary cinematic purpose isn't solely to entertain you. ...Read more

Is Corporal Punishment in Schools Making a Comeback?

Some parents don't trust public school teachers to handle such topics as racism, sexuality and climate change. But in one Missouri town, they trust teachers to use violence against children. The Cassville School District recently decided to bring back corporal punishment.

Whacking kids' bottoms with a wooden paddle may sound like an artifact of...Read more

The Student Loan Debate Shows How the ACLU Has Lost Its Way: The Venerable Champion of Civil Liberties Is Increasingly Indistinguishable From Myriad Progressive Advocacy Groups

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The American Civil Liberties Union last week applauded President Joe Biden's plan to cancel student loan debt, which it describes as "a racial justice issue." That puzzling position encapsulates how far the venerable organization has strayed from the mission reflected in its name.

Under Biden's new policy, borrowers earning up to $125,000 a ...Read more

Americans Are in Debt and the Vultures Are Circling

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Americans are now deeper in debt than at any other time in our nation's history. Especially acute are mounting debts on past-due mortgage payments, student loans and medical bills. In fact, medical debt is one of the most often-mentioned causes of personal bankruptcies in the U.S., and the situation has only gotten worse during the pandemic.

So...Read more

The Border Crisis Confirms That America Is Still a Beacon

Five million Ukrainians have fled their homeland since Russia invaded, seeking refuge not only in neighboring countries such as Poland and Germany but also in Britain, Canada and the United States. And who can blame them? The Biden administration has admitted more than 100,000 refugees from Ukraine without provoking a whisper of protest in this ...Read more

Teachers 'Do It All' Despite Being Given So Little

If you have watched the Emmy-nominated sitcom "Abbott Elementary," you'll get the feeling that we definitely need to laugh to keep from crying regarding the urgent crises public school teachers are facing in K-12 education across the nation. Following the demoralizing challenges and suppressed frustrations of teachers at Abbott, a fictional and ...Read more

Ron DeSantis Wants to Edit the First Amendment: Florida's Governor Claims Unconstitutional Powers That Easily Could Be Used to Advance the 'Far-Left Woke Agenda' He Decries

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a leading presidential contender, is skilled at appealing to Republicans who resent the censorious self-righteousness of woke progressives. But instead of defending free inquiry and open debate, DeSantis seems bent on fighting intolerance with intolerance.

When he signed the Individual Freedom Act in April, DeSantis ...Read more

Tracking Political Donations Into Zombie Land

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Are you among the countless Americans who felt so passionately about the 2020 presidential election that you wrote a check to your favorite candidate? But if your candidate had dropped out of the race, would you have been able to get your money back?

At one time, there were a whopping 29 Democrats running for president in 2020. Collectively, ...Read more

Is This the Moment for a Third Party?

A group of former Democrats, former Republicans and former independents has come together to launch a third party. Called Forward, it is meant to appeal to all the Americans who are so over both major parties.

If there was ever a time when a third party could gain a following, you might think this would be it. Both of the most likely ...Read more

Ohio State Heisman Hopeful C.J. Stroud Has Mature Outlook for the 2022 Season

"Comparison is the thief of joy."

These profound words of insight were shared by Ohio State University quarterback and Heisman frontrunner C.J. Stroud during his Big Ten Media Days interview with FOX Sports college football analyst R.J. Young. Stroud stated that he received this advice from his father and would pass it along to younger...Read more