Is Emory University Creating More Trump Supporters?

You have to wonder whether Trump supporters at Emory University feel “safe” now that their political preference is considered hate speech. On Monday morning, students at Emory woke up to find “Trump 2016” scrawled in chalk across their campus. Outraged, a group of 40 to 50 students barged into the administration building while chanting “We … Continued

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‘The Producers,’ the Swastika, and the Tyranny of Feelings

I found it encouraging to learn that students at Tappan Zee High School in Orangetown, New York recently chose to put on Mel Brooks’ hilarious satire The Producers as a school play. An excellent, bold choice. If you are tragically unfamiliar with it, the comedy centers on two theater producers who stage an intentional flop … Continued

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Why is Hollywood Pandering to Chinese Censors?

Watching The Dark Knight Rises in Shanghai in 2012, I wondered how the film had gotten past the censors. A leftist was running around a city decrying the rich, inciting a mindless mob to take over and steal individuals’ property, and convicting people without trial in kangaroo courts. It was as if Mao Zedong had … Continued

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The Community Cost of Reading ‘Huck Finn’

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported recently that school administrators at a Quaker school in Pennsylvania removed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the curriculum to placate students who complained that racial elements in the book made them feel uncomfortable. The administrators concluded that the “costs” to the community of assigning the book outweighed its literary value. On the contrary, … Continued

Books

Seven Books that Should Be Banned

Every fall the publishing industry—excuse me, the “national books community”—engages in the self-promotional frenzy known as “Banned Books Week.” It comes complete with #BannedBooksWeek hashtags, events at public libraries, and high-minded declarations from authors. This may help book sales, but it only harms our ability to take books seriously. The first dishonest thing about “Banned … Continued

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Should ‘Gone with the Wind’ be Banned?

This Tuesday marked the anniversary of the 1936 publication of Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War-era epic Gone with the Wind, one of the bestselling novels of all time, which also became one of the most beloved movies of all time. But in light of its nostalgic view of Southern slave-owning society, has this classic become a … Continued

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The Problem With People Who Write Letters to the FCC

In a recent piece at The Atlantic, senior editor Adrienne LaFrance shared some of her findings compiled after sifting through complaint letters that concerned American parents (and grandparents) had sent to the Federal Communications Commission. Specifically, LaFrance reviewed more than 100 letters sent to the FCC in regards to the weekly sketch comedy show Saturday … Continued

Culture, Parenting

The Closing of the Feminist Mind

In a Vox poll taken last month, an overwhelming majority (85 percent) of the respondents claimed to support equality for women, but a mere 18 percent were willing to label themselves “feminists.” To understand why the disconnect is so striking, look no further than the controversy attending recent university talks presented by “Factual Feminist” vlogger … Continued

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