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Attacking Our Freedoms: Part Four, Freedom from Fear

On January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt delivered what became known as “The Four Freedoms” speech. It was later illustrated by artist Norman Rockwell in a series of paintings for “The Saturday Evening Post.” In this series, I will be examining the threats to these freedoms as they are attacked by the current administration and Trump’s…

Attacking Our Freedoms: Part Three, Freedom from Want

On January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt delivered what became known as “The Four Freedoms” speech. It was later illustrated by artist Norman Rockwell in a series of paintings for “The Saturday Evening Post." In this series, I will be examining the threats to these freedoms as they are attacked by the current administration and Trump’s…

Waccamaws Continue Federal Recognition Quest

by Bob Gatty Requirements imposed by the federal government for South Carolina's Waccamaw Indian People to be recognized as an official Indian tribe amount to "documentary genocide," according to Waccamaw Chief Harold Hatcher. Addressing the Carolina Forest Democrats meeting May 14, Hatcher said requirements that the Waccamaws must show unbroken lineage from the first ancient Indian from…
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Do Graham and Rice Support Domestic Violence?

Make no mistake. By refusing to support re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC-7) will be tacitly supporting domestic violence in a state where violence against women has reached epidemic proportions. How can they justify casting “No” votes on this crucial legislation? Is it simply…
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Is God Still Speaking?

By Stefan Varner. The resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry was extremely disappointing as it omitted reference to many Americans who every day suffer the consequences of discrimination and bigotry – the LGBTQ community. The resolution, which was drafted and adopted following comments by first-year Rep. Ilhan Omar…
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When the Religious Right Influences Public Policy

By Bob Gatty. Ever since President Trump has been in office the religious right and ultra conservative lawmakers have clamored to influence federal policies, particularly those affecting education and healthcare. It’s remarkable that these groups support Trump, who cannot be described as a devout Christian given his many transgressions, but he has repaid their loyalty with the…

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