March 1, 2020

Picture features the "LGBT-free zones in Poland today. 

On February 25th, a third of Poland has declared itself to be an official “LGBT-free” zone as local municipalities signed a pledge adopting resolutions against “LGBT propaganda”. The nearly 100 Polish municipal or local governments have pledged to “refrain from acts that encourage tolerance and must avoid providing financial assistance to NGOs working to promote equal rights.”

Shortly after this vote activists revealed the extent of the anti-LGBT zones in Poland through an “Atlas of Hate...

February 19, 2020

It’s a sure sign that basic civil liberties are turning into piles of ashes when autocratic leaders begin burning books. Beginning on May 10, 1933, Nazi youth groups burned books in public pyres in 34 towns across Germany. Hitler’s right arm and Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels delivered a fiery call to action: “No to decadence and moral corruption!” he yelled, while the people who had gathered there made fire oaths promising loyalty to the [State and Hitler] amid a band playing lively marching songs. “Yes to decency and morality in f...

February 17, 2020

Since it’s President’s Day, I thought RDN should take a look at the wedding of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln met Mary Todd at a cotillion after she had moved from Kentucky to Springfield, Illinois to be with her married sister. Lincoln was 30 and she was 21.  According to legend, he walked up to her and asked for a dance, saying, “Miss Todd, I want to dance with you in the worst way.” 

Mary Todd, whose nickname was Molly, was the daughter of wealthy parents with political interests. She was well educated, having gone to a presti...

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