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OPINION: Wake up, it's not just Akin
August 21st, 2012
11:44 AM ET

OPINION: Wake up, it's not just Akin

(CNN) - Rep. Todd Akin's recent comment on rape has continued to reverberate in the close race for the Missouri U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill. The six-term Congressman caused an uproar after he said in a recent interview that a woman's body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." So far, Akin has ignored calls for him to abandon his run for Senate.

CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says the controversial statement by Akin isn't an isolated view, but rather stems from the GOP's mission to end abortion.

[0:34] "The truth is the 'legitimate rape' comment made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is not a GOP anomaly, but rather another disturbing glimpse into the viewpoint too many social conservatives have about women's health and reproductive rights."

[2:02] "Since the tea party helped pull the GOP back into power in 2010, under the guise of controlling government spending, close to 1,000 anti-abortion bills have been introduced across the country. I can't think of anything approaching that number of bills with the goal of creating jobs in that same time span, can you?"

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

OPINION: Why America doesn't like Mitt Romney
August 14th, 2012
04:11 PM ET

OPINION: Why America doesn't like Mitt Romney

(CNN) - The latest CNN/ORC International Poll found that 48 percent of Americans view Mitt Romney unfavorably. CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says Mitt Romney's unpopularity stems from his sense of entitlement and disregard for others.

[0:23] "Romney's been unable to get much likability traction since announcing his first run at the White House five years ago. For a sex scandal-free politician, that's got to be a bit perplexing."

[2:20] "In his mind, the world is full of bus drivers and honor roll students and the two are independent of each other. What rubs so many people the wrong way is Romney's inability to see that society is interdependent."

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

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OPINION: Why do school sports start before classes do?
Schools starting sports practices well before classes begin shows confused priorities, LZ Granderson says.
August 8th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

OPINION: Why do school sports start before classes do?

(CNN) – CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says there's a problem when schools start sports before classes begin. Granderson believes more dedication to our country's academics could help with some nationwide issues like unemployment.

[0:39] "For much of the country high school football started last month and for much of the country high school classes start next month. Given where high schoolers rank globally in reading, math and science that is essentially putting the cup before the helmet in the 21st century."

[1:16] "We live locally but are competing for jobs globally. Part of the reason why the unemployment rate is 8.3 percent is because many Americans don't have the technical skills necessary to fill some of the 3.5 million jobs that are currently available."

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

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OPINION: The right way and the wrong way to protest Chick-fil-A
Customers line up at a Chick-fil-A food truck that was targeted by about two dozen protesters last week in Washington.
July 31st, 2012
11:53 AM ET

OPINION: The right way and the wrong way to protest Chick-fil-A

(CNN) – CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says he was a Chick-fil-A fan until he heard of its stance on gay rights, but the Constitution doesn't allow mayors to ban Chick-fil-A simply based on the company's president's views. Granderson thinks he has a better and legal way to protest.

[0:57] "The last thing anyone, liberal or conservative, should want is local government censoring what a private citizen can say by way of withholding permits and licenses."

[3:06] "This is what the forefathers had in mind when they composed the Constitution: liberals making out during lunch and conservatives stuffing their face with chicken in the name of Jesus. God I love this country."

What do you think about this issue? Join the conversation and add your comments below.

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

OPINION: When Christians are their own worst enemies
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, right, said the theater slaughter is related to "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs."
July 24th, 2012
02:08 PM ET

OPINION: When Christians are their own worst enemies

(CNN) – CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says people who call themselves Christians can hurt the faith the most. In light of the recent theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Granderson highlights examples where Christianity was used to explain national tragedies.

[1:36] "Yes, there are public figures who make fun of religion. But it's hard to see anything more damaging to Christianity than divisive, and sometimes hateful statements made by some of its leaders at a time when the country needs to come to together and heal from a tragedy."

[2:01] "The problem is when disaster claims innocent victims or causes great deal of pain and loss, instead of showing compassion, so-called leaders of faith say the gays did it. Or the liberals."

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

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