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: Jun 19, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

Both hippies and activists challenged the pervasive notion that national security was paramount.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

There is terror in the heart of the White House, but no agreement among advisors.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2017, Source: Tom Dispatch

No one can predict what force the Trump administration might choose as the next great "threat to national security.”

Posted on: Feb 2, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

Rather than a rush to yet more war, it’s time to have a real national debate on the subject.

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.