X-Men ‘97 and The Paradox of Tolerance

X-Men ‘97 and The Paradox of Tolerance

In preparation for the debut of “X-Men ‘97,” a reboot of the 1990s animated show, I rewatched some cherished old episodes.  In a futile attempt to interest my wife in joining in, I found an episode with a character who always stuck with me: Apocalypse. The 90s show...
My Bias Toward Israel Has Been Wounded

My Bias Toward Israel Has Been Wounded

I have a bias toward Israel. I have antipathy toward Hamas. I have pity for the Palestinian people.  My bias toward Israel derives from my historical awareness of the plight, occupation and persecution of the Jews going back to the mud pits of Egypt. From biblical and...
Redefining Antisemitism

Redefining Antisemitism

The term “antisemitism” is being redefined to silence those standing in solidarity with the disenfranchised and dispossessed. It is being weaponized to intimidate those speaking against apartheid.  Antisemitism has always been rooted in conspiracy theories– Jews...
The Work of Shoring Up Democracy Continues

The Work of Shoring Up Democracy Continues

In January 2022, the McMinn County school board called a special meeting. This came onto my radar 16 days later when a friend texted a screen cap and asked, “Isn’t this where you live?” “NEW: the MCMINN COUNTY school board has just BANNED “MAUS”, the Pulitzer-winning...