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Richard Schiffman is the author of two spiritual biographies and is a poet based in New York City, as well as a freelance journalist. His passions are his love of nature, studying the world's great mystical traditions and activist writing and journalism such as appears in his posts on OpEd News. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post and leading literary journals worldwide. His radio stories have been heard on "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," and many other public radio shows. His "Spiritual Poetry Portal" can be found at http://multiplex.isdna.org/poetry.htm.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Linguist Compares Political Hate Talk to Nazi Propaganda
Right wing hate talk picks up some tips from Joseph Goebbels. Rather than using their election year soap box to reason and persuade, candidates now routinely play to the fears and the prejudices of the crowd. They employ fighting words designed to tap into people's hidden wells of rage.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 25, 2013 Congressman Quotes Jesus in Bid to Gut Food Stamps
GOP Congressman Stephen Fincher is on a mission from God. He wants to drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, for 47 million of our poorest citizens. He supports a rider on the farm bill that would effectively eliminate 2 million people from the program
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Is America the Greatest Land on Earth?
For untold millions around the globe, the U.S. is feared, but not admired and respected, still less loved as we once almost universally were. It isn't our words and intentions, but our failure to act on them that disappoints our erstwhile friends around the world.