All posts by Casey Given

Advocate Yaël Published in PanAm Post

Young Voices Advocate Yael Ossowski was published by The Pan American Post writing about the benefits of open borders.

Most of the blame can and should be placed at the hands of the ruling socialist regime, which has deprived its people of so many opportunities, but the buck does not stop there. As the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrate, determined people can find a way to subvert authoritarianism and bring about greater democracy.

But in order to get there, they need the means. They need trade. They need to be able to improve their economic conditions and have helpful partners in the US government. They need the economic opportunity which would be immediately granted once US Americans are free to spend money in Cuba, travel to Cuba, and trade with Cuban businesses.

You can find the entire opinion piece here.

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Editor Casey Published in The Purple Elephant

Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in The Purple Elephant about gay rights and the Catholic Church.

Last month, The Advocate sparked a discussion among the gay community by bestowing its Person of the Year title on Pope Francis “for persuading hearts and minds in opening to LGBT people.” Supporters of the Advocate’s choice point to his now famous question last July, “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” Opponents such as The Huffington Post’s Gay Voices editor-at-large Michaelangelo Signorile point to homophobic statements Francis made as the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires calling gay marriage the work of the devil and “a destructive attack on God’s plan.”

Unfortunately, much of the commentary both pro and con has ignored how exactly the Church perceives homosexuality. In the context of Catholic dogma, the new Pope’s statements are far less groundbreaking than they initially seem. Rather, they conform to decades of Church teachings. As a former Catholic schoolboy, I present to you the good, the bad, and the ugly of gay rights in the Church.

Read the rest of the piece here.

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