Stories by Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of “MythicAmerica: Essays.” He blogs at subscribe to Ira Chernus's feed

Posted on: Feb 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Protesters marched for every issue progressives care about, and they spoke in a clear, unified voice.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Progressive evangelical Christianity is not merely a relic of the 19th century; it’s making a comeback.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Tea Partiers should learn their history.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

We need to bring our dreams for a better world "out of the closet."

Posted on: Apr 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

On April 4, 1968, the government was part of a successful conspiracy to assassinate MLK, a jury concluded.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2013, Source:

If Obama doesn’t stop ignoring the hard realities, his attempts at establishing a Mideast peace will surely crumble.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It's much more than evangelical Christians hoping for the rapture.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

How do I get ready to protect our national security by allying with the world’s most evil evildoers?

Posted on: Nov 19, 2012, Source: The Smirking Chimp

At a press conference, the president painted a picture that Israelis are the victims.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch

A tragic but isolated incident at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has become a pivotal issue in the election because of the idea that America has a right to own the world and control every place in it.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Mitt's gaffe-in-every-country tour continues to dazzle.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The old culture wars are quieter these days, but the right still conjures up an endless array of enemies.

Posted on: May 26, 2011, Source:

Let’s be honest. The Israeli story doesn’t merely distort the truth, it turns the truth ass-backwards.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2011, Source:

These myths create an image of Israel as an insecure nation and shape Washington's policies in the Middle East.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Too many Americans hold dangerous misconceptions about the defining conflict in the Middle East.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The “realists” and the Israelis were pushing the administration to hold back the forces of change in Egypt.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet

That’s just one of the startling revelations found in 'Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation,' a 130-page report prepared with your tax dollars.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The rise of J Street has the Jewish right -- people who support Israel's policies, right or wrong -- on the attack.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Israel could not have sustained all these years of occupation without the political, diplomatic, and financial support of much of the worldwide Jewish community.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A U.S. Navy fleet is moving through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea, probably aiming to head off the Iranian flotilla headed toward Gaza.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Another ship is steaming across the Mediterranean toward Gaza,loaded with humanitarian supplies, posing another impossible dilemma for the government of Israel.

Posted on: May 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Like vampires, the neocons never die. They constantly revive themselves, going where the vein is richest, eager to feed upon new blood.

Posted on: May 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

As long as our national life revolves around unrealistic, hyped-up fears of "foreign invaders" and "illegal aliens," we all lose.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Obama administration says it wants to reduce nuclear weapons, yet it goes along with Israel's evasions, blocking the path to a nuclear-free Middle East.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Right-wingers in Jerusalem keep getting more and more outrageous. But the political climate in Washington can no longer be predicted, much less taken for granted.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Obama is in a better position than any president in decades to insist that Israelis agree to an independent Palestinian state. And we need to speak up with him.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2010, Source:

King's teachings can help us see Israel's state violence in a new light that illuminates the deep, often unnoticed links between violence and irrational fear.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Artists protesting the Toronto International Film Festival's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Tel Aviv are being demonized.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

If the Israeli government and courts were adhering strictly to the law, the settlers would have been gone long ago.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2009, Source: Religion Dispatches

Israel must abandon its myth of unquestionable benevolence if there's to be any hope for peace.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009, Source:

The old narrative of Israel as the innocent victim is losing its grip on Americans. This is necessary if we are to be even-handed brokers.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Israel would rather go down fighting than survive with a damaged sense of national pride. What would happen if concessions weren't so symbolic?

Posted on: May 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Those who want peace in the Middle East must find the right words to help move American Jews towards a more balanced view of the conflict.

Posted on: May 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Hamas has long endorsed a two-state solution, but when the NY Times reported it, kooky neocon Charles Krauthammer went unhinged.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Why would Israeli pols take a hard-line stance against Hamas, even as the group pushes for an extended pause in fighting?

Posted on: Jan 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama's speech shows that there's no reason to let the right monopolize the powerful language of traditional American values.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Israeli intelligence concluded after Camp David that Yassir Arafat was willing to follow the Oslo process -- but that's not what they told lawmakers.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Israelis keep saying they only want security, while they go on electing leaders whose policies make them less secure.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2008, Source:

War and terrorism have replaced social issues in the conservative culture wars.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Conservative cultural critics have been lamenting the decline of heroism in America for years. Now Obama is challenging their narrative.