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Gil Shapiro: Parents cannot be trusted to choose best education for their kids

Gil Shapiro: Parents cannot be trusted to choose best education for their kids

In a recent guest opinion (“Parents can be trusted to choose best education for their kids,” April 29), two members of the Diocese of Tucson School Board claimed “expanding parental choice … might actually help accomplish statewide excellence in education.”

May 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gil Shapiro: Tearing away the curtain on Herrod's hive of intolerance

Gil Shapiro: Tearing away the curtain on Herrod's hive of intolerance

Ever wonder why Arizona’s Republican legislators pass religiously based bills such as SB 1062?

March 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gil Shapiro: Israeli-Palestinian peace is unachievable. Now what?

Gil Shapiro: Israeli-Palestinian peace is unachievable. Now what?

People are more important than things.

January 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gil Shapiro: Religious (not political) solutions are key to Middle East peace

Gil Shapiro: Religious (not political) solutions are key to Middle East peace

While international diplomacy may stop the Syrian government from gassing its citizens, it fails — as have all previous diplomatic efforts — to address the root cause of Middle Eastern volatility: religion.

October 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Christian nation' adherents want what Founders tried to prevent

On July 4, a full-page ad sponsored by Christian-owned Hobby Lobby (an Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts company), ran in the Star and many other newspapers. The ad claimed the United States is a nation founded on God and Christianity.

July 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Column: Let's embrace thoughtful discussion, debate based on fact, reason, logic

Before all the facts are in, President Obama is accused of personal responsibility for the Benghazi tragedy and an IRS scandal. In response to state Rep. Juan Mendez's recent secular invocation on the House floor, Rep. Steve "The Truth" Smith insisted on annulling it by offering a "prayer fo…

June 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Column: Just because it's tradition doesn't mean it can't be re-evaluated

It has been argued that our nation's political, economic and social traditions, because they have reflected our collective wisdom, correctness and cohesiveness, have been responsible for "American exceptionalism." Many worry that if we were ever to abandon or even modify our institutional tr…

March 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: Senate bill is an end run to get religion into Arizona public schools

Guest Column: Senate bill is an end run to get religion into Arizona public schools

America's Christian right relentlessly attempts to bring religion into public school science classrooms.

February 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Slippery slope arguments are seductive, but often inherently flawed

"If devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking."

July 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Column: Let's get serious about vice presidential candidates' qualifications

Section 1 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

June 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Secularist awaits frank discussion of faith-based ideas in public square

Two distinct concepts commonly confused are: church-state separation and religion-politics.

March 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Common human decencies precede the Ten Commandments

Often, politicians' views on abortion, stem-cell research, gay rights, and educational policies reflect morality that is religion-based.

October 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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