Articles by: T. SteelmanT. Steelman
A lifelong Liberal, I have been writing about politics for over 20 years, half of that time online. While I'm a policy wonk and interested in all aspects of politics, my focus is on religion, especially issues of religious freedom since I am a Wiccan. Though I do try to keep it in check, my sarcasm gets off of its leash -- more and more often nowadays. I enjoy reading, making jewelry, Prog Rock and etymology. I share my home with my husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. "If the future's looking dark, we're the ones who have to shine..."

Sex-Trafficking Survivor Couldn’t Go To Police Because They Were Her Abusers, Too (VIDEO)

Sex-Trafficking Survivor Couldn’t Go To Police Because They Were Her Abusers, Too (VIDEO)

A survivor of human trafficking and sexual abuse, Jessa Dillow-Crisp explains that she couldn’t go to the cops. Because the cops were abusing her, too.

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Horse Torturer Faces 55 Charges Of Felony Abuse, One For Each Near-Dead Horse Rescued (VIDEO)

Horse Torturer Faces 55 Charges Of Felony Abuse, One For Each Near-Dead Horse Rescued (VIDEO)

A Tennessee man has been charged with felony abuse of horses. What he did to his Tennessee Walking Horses to produce the “Big Lick” gait is inhuman. He’s not the only one to practice “soring.” This practice must stop.

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New Study Shows MMR Does NOT Cause Autism: Anti-Vaxxers, Can We Put This To Rest Now?

New Study Shows MMR Does NOT Cause Autism: Anti-Vaxxers, Can We Put This To Rest Now?

A new study shows that the MMR vaccine does NOT cause autism. Not even in high risk children. So, can we stop with this anti-vaxx stuff now?

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In A World Of Religious Turmoil, America’s Ignorance About World Religions WILL Bite Us In The A$$

In A World Of Religious Turmoil, America’s Ignorance About World Religions WILL Bite Us In The A$$

Americans are pretty ignorant about religion. Even their own. An educator explains why this is a problem.

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Oath Keepers Create ‘Circus’ At Disputed Oregon Mine: But Owner Doesn’t Want Another Bundy Ranch (VIDEO)

Oath Keepers Create ‘Circus’ At Disputed Oregon Mine: But Owner Doesn’t Want Another Bundy Ranch (VIDEO)

Maybe he should have thought of that before calling in a group of crazies praying for an excuse to declare war on the United States government?

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Pearl Jam and Fans Raise Funds To Buy New Home For Mother Of Departed Bandmate (VIDEO)

Pearl Jam and Fans Raise Funds To Buy New Home For Mother Of Departed Bandmate (VIDEO)

Members and fans of Pearl Jam did something really special for the mother of a fallen bandmate. It’s nice to see people giving back.

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An Assault Rifle On The U.S. Seal? That’s What This NRA Nut Job Wants (VIDEO)

An Assault Rifle On The U.S. Seal? That’s What This NRA Nut Job Wants (VIDEO)

One of the right’s rising stars spoke at the NRA convention on Friday. He has a proposition, and it’s a really drastic one.

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Misogynist Preacher: ‘It’s A Man’s World’ So Don’t You Ladies Go Getting Any Fancy Ideas (VIDEO)

Misogynist Preacher: ‘It’s A Man’s World’ So Don’t You Ladies Go Getting Any Fancy Ideas (VIDEO)

This Baptist preacher has a very definite message for women: You are inferior beings. Because his Sky Daddy told him so.

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Ohio House Displays Heinous Degree Of Misogyny With ‘Heartbeat Bill’ (VIDEO)

Ohio House Displays Heinous Degree Of Misogyny With ‘Heartbeat Bill’ (VIDEO)

Ohio’s House has passed the “heartbeat bill” once again. One courageous Democratic representative tried to stop it by telling a very personal story. Which one Republican laughed at.

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Arizona Tea Partier: Require Every American To ‘Attend Church’ To Return Morality To America (VIDEO)

Arizona Tea Partier: Require Every American To ‘Attend Church’ To Return Morality To America (VIDEO)

Hey you! You should go to church every Sunday! And the government should require it. Because America and morals and stuff.

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Stephen King to LePage: ‘Man Up And Apologize’ For Implying I Don’t Gladly Pay My Taxes

Stephen King to LePage: ‘Man Up And Apologize’ For Implying I Don’t Gladly Pay My Taxes

Stephen King is demanding an apology from Maine Gov. Paul LePage. If he knows what’s good for him, LePage better get on that.

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Who Is Putting Up Racist ‘Whites Only’ Stickers In Austin? (IMAGES, VIDEO)

Who Is Putting Up Racist ‘Whites Only’ Stickers In Austin? (IMAGES, VIDEO)

Someone has been sticking these upon businesses. Whether it’s because of SXSW, gentrification or just being a jerk, the African-American neighborhood is not amused.

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Teabagger Gov. Goes After Maine’s Favorite Son, Stephen King Responds Brilliantly

Teabagger Gov. Goes After Maine’s Favorite Son, Stephen King Responds Brilliantly

As any Stephen King fan knows, Maine is the author’s home state. In every way. Gov, La Page apparently wasn’t in on this. He certainly is now.

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So You Think You Could Be A Cop? Okay, Let’s See How You Do On This Sample Exam

So You Think You Could Be A Cop? Okay, Let’s See How You Do On This Sample Exam

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a cop? Well, before you can wear the badge you’ve got some tests to take. And you thought you left those in school.

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Cops Go To Wrong House? Check. Cops Shoot Friendly Pet? Check. Cops Held Accountable? Ha! (VIDEO)

Cops Go To Wrong House? Check. Cops Shoot Friendly Pet? Check. Cops Held Accountable? Ha! (VIDEO)

San Diego cops went to the wrong house on a domestic call. The resident’s dog came out to say “Hello” and was shot in the head. A man’s cherished pet was killed and still no apology.

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Omaha Bar’s T-Shirt Shows How Blind We Still Are To Rape Culture (VIDEO)

Omaha Bar’s T-Shirt Shows How Blind We Still Are To Rape Culture (VIDEO)

We’ve been blind to rape culture for so long that many of us can’t even identify a reference to rape. Even if it’s staring us right in the face.

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Does The Popular Game Trivia Crack Allow Racist Questions? Yes And No (IMAGES)

Does The Popular Game Trivia Crack Allow Racist Questions? Yes And No (IMAGES)

Did a popular online trivia game allow a user to submit a racist question? Well, it’s complicated.

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Move Over ‘Carlos Danger,’ There’s A New Boy In Town: Leathers Really Attracts The Politicians (VIDEO)

Move Over ‘Carlos Danger,’ There’s A New Boy In Town: Leathers Really Attracts The Politicians (VIDEO)

Another politician has been caught sexting and sending naughty pictures. To the same woman who was involved with Anthony Weiner.

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Arkansas Rep. Who ‘Re-Homed’ Children To Molester Performs Exorcisms On Pre-Schoolers In His Daycare (VIDEO)

Arkansas Rep. Who ‘Re-Homed’ Children To Molester Performs Exorcisms On Pre-Schoolers In His Daycare (VIDEO)

Arkansas State Rep. Justin Harris performs pseudo-exorcisms at the daycare for which he receives government subsidies. Oh yeah, he is more hypocritical than you could imagine.

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The World Has Lost ‘One Of Its Brightest, Sharpest Minds': Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett Has Died

The World Has Lost ‘One Of Its Brightest, Sharpest Minds': Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett Has Died

The brilliant Sir Terry Pratchett has taken Death’s arm and set off across the black desert. Hopefully, he got a ride on Binky in the bargain.

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