Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles

Trump Lays Bare the Moral Bankruptcy of the Religious Right

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(Photo: AP/Patrick Semansky) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, speaks alongside Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University during a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. T he business of saving souls has always had its charlatans. In the United States, the religious right often seems to serve up more than its share. Take Ralph Reed, for example. The political operative who rose to fame as executive director of the now-defunct Christian Coalition, Reed has long used his evangelical cred to feed his for-profit businesses, as he did when lobbyist Jack Abramoff hired Reed’s firm, Century Strategies, to rally his Christian soldiers to oppose the casino-building plans of one American Indian tribe in order to serve the gambling interests of a competing tribe . (This scheme, along with others, landed Abramoff in prison for bribery.) It should come as no surprise, then, to find him as a lead evangelist for Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican...

Trump, Guns, and Lies, Incorporated

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AP Photo/John Locher Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino, Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. I n the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it shouldn’t surprise us that Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, responded with a lie. Or two, depending how you measure. After all, Trump’s entire campaign is built on lies , whether about the number of undocumented immigrants (11 million, not 34 million, as Trump claims), his Democratic opponent’s position on the Second Amendment or the reaction of Jersey City Muslims to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In fact, it could be said that Trump’s 2016 campaign began with his Big Lie in 2011, when he threw in with the birthers who claim, against copious evidence to the contrary, that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. As Latinas, Latinos, and LGBT people took on the rituals of mourning the victims of the recent attack in Florida that left 49 dead...

The Religious Right’s Crocodile Tears Over Orlando Shooting

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Senator Ted Cruz at last year's Road to Majority conference, June 18, 2015 W ith 49 victims dead in a shooting attack on Latin night at a gay nightclub on Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, LGBT people all over the country are experiencing a kind of grief that only members of marginalized communities can fathom: that of being targeted simply for the fundamentals of one’s identity, for all that it represents to those who hate you. The same is surely true for Latinos, who have absorbed an epic level of hate speech aimed at them this election campaign. The shooter’s last-minute self-identification with the extremist Islamist insurgency, ISIS, is providing sustenance to self-described Christians who wish us harm. Now, along come the haters, posing as our champions. “Our nation is at war. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from Fort Hood to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to last night’s horrific attack in Orlando, radical Islamic terrorism has declared jihad on...

Everyone Should Celebrate Hillary Clinton’s Milestone

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AP Photo/Julie Jacobson Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a presidential primary election night rally, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in New York. I guess you could call me a sentimental sap. My eyes welled as I sat riveted by the television image of Hillary Clinton claiming the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night as the primary contests results rolled in—the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major party in the United States of America. OK, so maybe even a sob happened. But sisters and brothers, this has been a long time comin’. My path to progressive politics came through feminism. In 1984, I was a junior editor on the staff of Ms. magazine as rumors abounded that Representative Geraldine Ferraro of Queens, New York, would be named the running mate of presidential nominee Walter Mondale, the former vice president. It would be a tough run against a popular incumbent, and it was clear that the pick of a woman for the number-two...

Senate Majority Leader Sanctions Racism as Strategy

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. S enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not like the things that presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump is saying about Mexicans and Muslims, but he’s apparently not willing to make a big fuss about it. In a stunning bit of punditry television, McConnell was confronted on Sunday by Chuck Todd of Meet the Press about Trump’s declaration that Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over a case against the now-defunct Trump University, should be disqualified because of the judge’s Mexican heritage, seeing as how the Republican standard-bearer has called for the building of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Todd read McConnell words recently penned by the right-wing blogger and Red State website founder Erick Erickson, who on June 4 at The Resurgent wrote the following about Trump’s repeated claims regarding Judge Curiel: The attacks are racist. To claim someone is unable to...

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