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13 posts from December 2007

200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1808

by Thomas N. DeWolf Americans love to celebrate. We commemorate historic events (Thanksgiving, Independence Day) and people (Presidents Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). But few are aware of the significance of January 1, 2008: the 200th Anniversary of... Read more →


"Mission Accomplished": O'Reilly Declares Victory in the War on Christmas

by Frederick S. Lane Forty or so years ago, a U.S. Senator from Vermont by the name of George Aiken wisely advised both Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon that the United States should simply declare victory in Vietnam and bring... Read more →


The Email That Ended a Career: Intelligent Design and Texas Education

by Glenn Branch I send a lot of e-mail in the course of the average day, and ordinarily nobody is fired as a result. But I’m not always so lucky. I work at the National Center for Science Education, a... Read more →


Et tu, Democrats?! Abstinence-Only Sex Education and The Politics of the Budget

by Carole Joffe After nearly seven years of the George W. Bush presidency and its regressive sexual and reproductive politics, it is no surprise that this administration continues to staunchly support "abstinence-only sex education." The fact that study after study—including... Read more →