Arizona’s Pro-Discrimination Law Won’t Stop With Gays

24 February 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah February 24, 2014 If the Republican-controlled Arizona state legislature has its way, gays could be thrown out of bars, restaurants, and hotels across the state. Last week it passed a bill that would permit businesses to deny services to any person if doing so would substantially burden the business owners “exercise of religion.”  Why? Because the Bible condemns such homosexual unions. In essence, this measure would legally sanction discrimination against gay Americans by…

Coca-Cola Critics Have Never Heard of ‘E Pluribus Unum’

05 February 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah February 4, 2014 (The Daily Beast) At this point, we shouldn’t be shocked by the intolerance of some towards immigrants and other cultures.  But who could’ve predicted the outrage we saw over the Coca-Cola commercial that aired during last night’s Super Bowl?! The commercial simply displayed the diversity of our great nation by showcasing people singing “America The Beautiful” in different languages—beginning in English and then Spanish before moving on to other languages. But it…

Can the GOP Get Out of Its Own Way?

28 January 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah January 28, 2014 (The Daily Beast) Another day, another idiotic comment by a Republican—or at least that’s what it seems like. At this point I have to wonder if the advisors hired by the GOP actually hate the Republican Party. Could it be that Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus accidentally hired Democratic consultants? Or perhaps certain Republicans have a fear of success, so they are subconsciously sabotaging their own party? Of course,…

The Loud Truth About Abortion Protesters

23 January 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah January 22, 2014 (The Daily Beast) Be a man-stop your woman from killing your baby!” “Mommy, don’t kill me!” “You are going to be the father of a dead baby!” These were just some of the comments being screamed Saturday by protesters standing outside an abortion clinic I visited.  These statements, and others like them, were being directed at women and their male companions as they approached the clinic— often by people…

How to Be Loved Like Rush Limbaugh-9th Most Admired Person in the US

22 January 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah January 15, 2014 (The Daily Beast) Rush Limbaugh is the ninth most admired person in the United States! That is, at least according to a new poll released this week. But if you are like me, I’m sure you have the same question: Why isn’t Rush higher up on the list? For example, the poll has the Dalai Lama coming in at number seven, two spots ahead of Rush. But, honestly, what has the…

Seven Reasons Chris Christie Isn’t Toast

10 January 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah January 10, 2014 (The Daily Beast) The pundits are circling like vultures. You can’t turn on a cable news channel—except for Fox News, of course—without hearing an expert tell you how deadly Bridgegate is to Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions. Some have called for the governor to resign. Others say he’s “forever tarnished.” But barring evidence that directly implicates Christie in the political-retaliation debacle, this scandal won’t hurt his higher aspirations in any significant way. …

‘SNL’ Gets What the Rest of TV Should: Racial Diversity Means Quality

07 January 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah January 7, 2014 (The Daily Beast) “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.” This famous quote that has been attributed to people from Woody Allen to Carol Burnett. “More diversity equals better comedy.” This much less cited quote I think is even more relevant today. No need to Google who said this—I just did. (But I do expect it to become hugely famous-so save this article.) On Monday, Saturday Night Live announced it had hired comedian…

6 Reasons This Could Be Obama’s Best Year as President

04 January 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah January 3, 2014 (The Daily Beast) “Obama is done! He’s a lame duck. It’s over for the president.” These are the type of the comments we saw in the media as 2013 came to a close. As some political pundits saw it, Obama can forget seeing any of his proposals enacted and should simply enjoy the perks of being president -like free cable and limo rides. Could they be right? Sure, it’s…

The Right’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy

19 December 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 19, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Attention conservatives: you have the right to hate any group you want. Blacks, gays, Muslims, Jews, other sects of Christians, whoever you like. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has noted numerous times that the First Amendment guarantees “freedom of thought” in addition to freedoms such as religion and expression. Consequently, you can think as many hateful thoughts as you choose. But here’s the thing: if you voice…

It’s Conservatives Who Really Want Christ Out of Christmas

17 December 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 17, 2013 (The Daily Beast) The War on Christmas is on! This epic battle pits the forces on the right who demand that we say “Merry Christmas” to everyone regardless of their faith—or lack thereof—against those who prefer to say “Happy Holidays.” How fierce has this so-called “war” become? Well, Sarah Palin is travelling across the country alerting people that “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.” Palin is like a modern…

Can it get any worse for Obama?

03 November 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah November 2, 2013 (CNN) -- Things are looking horrible for President Barack Obama. There's the Obamacare website fiasco. Ongoing allegations of National Security Agency spying on European leaders. There was the government shutdown that damaged the economy on his watch. And a new poll released this week finds Obama with his lowest approval rating -- and his highest disapproval rating -- ever.   If this were a movie, we would be at the part where the hero finds himself…

Confederate flag was the flag of traitors

25 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 25, 2013 (CNN) -- You can debate whether the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism. But the one thing you can't dispute: The Confederate flag was flown by traitors to the United States of America who slaughtered more than 110,000 U.S. soldiers.   I know some will take issue with my calling the Confederacy a band of traitors, but let's be blunt -- that's what they were. They broke from the United…

Rand Paul's Muslim-Bashing Speech

14 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 14, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Was Rand Paul’s most recent, big set-piece speech about A. The government shutdown; B. The debt limit; or C. The dreaded Obamacare? Nope, it was none of them. Instead, Paul spent his 19-minute speech at the Value Voters summit on Friday talking about Muslims.   Now, I’m Muslim and I love attention - so on some level I’m happy when people talk about Muslims.  But despite…
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