Emma Green

Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of, where she also oversees the National Channel and writes about religion and culture.
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Why Mississippi’s Law on Religious Rights and LGBT Discrimination Got Blocked

July 1, 2016 Why doesn’t anyone care about Mississippi? This spring, the state’s legislature passed H.B. 1523, an extensive law written to protect people who believe any of the following: that marriage is between a man and a woman; that sex should only happen in the context of marriage; and that the words...

Quietly, the Federal Government is Expanding Transgender Rights

May 16, 2016 Something big just quietly happened to the Affordable Care Act. More than a half decade after the law’s passage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has explicitly ruled that hospitals, clinics, and other health-care providers can’t discriminate against patients on the basis of gender identity. This covers a...

Half of Americans Think Climate Change Is a Sign of the Apocalypse

November 24, 2014 Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowzilla, just snow. Superstorm Sandy, receding shorelines, and more. Hurricanes Isaac, Ivan, and Irene, with cousins Rammasun, Bopha, and Haiyan. The parade of geological changes and extreme weather events around the world since 2011 has been stunning. Perhaps that's part of why, as the Public Religion Research Institute...

Is Religion The Cause of All Major Wars in History?

November 4, 2014 "Piles of heads, hands, and feet were to be seen. It was necessary to pick one's way over the bodies of men and horses." This was how the historian Raymond of Aguilers described Jerusalem in 1099, as he watched Christian crusaders conquer the city. "Men rode in blood up to...

The Ancient Roots of the Yazidis, and Why ISIL Wants Them Dead

August 13, 2014 Last week, tens of thousands of Yazidis fled from the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar into nearby mountains, escaping violence from the Sunni militant group that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Their plight—stranded, and dying of hunger and thirst—prompted the United States to conduct...

The Origins of Office Speak

April 24, 2014 Here’s your ‘buzzword bingo’ card for the meeting,” Wally says to Dilbert, handing him a piece of paper. “If the boss uses a buzzword on your card, you check it off. The objective is to fill a row.” They go to the meeting, where their pointy-haired boss presides. “You’re all...

Former Budget Chief, On Why It Can Be Tough to Work for Government

December 26, 2013 Peter Orszag quit his government job. For three and a half years, he ran two federal budget agencies, and in 2010, he defected to Wall Street. Even though he thinks the government desperately needs more smart people, he has deep empathy for those who flee to the private sector. “In...

NSA Connection Creates Credibility Problems for NIST Encryption Standards

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Commerce is a big place. It's home to the National Weather Service, the U.S. Patent Office, and the Census Bureau. But following last summer's revelations about NSA surveillance of American citizens, one bureau has gotten more than its usual share of the media's attention: the National Institute...

The 'Silent Majority' Overlooked by Big Data

October 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Like businesses and organizations everywhere, city governments are getting on board with big data. In particular, the New York City mayor’s office has embraced analytical tools. According to The New York Times, the city's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning processes a terabyte of information (the equivalent of about 143...

Why Cutting Science Funding Would 'Break' Cancer Research

October 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Congress continued its standoff over Obamacare and the budget, doctors and scientists on the other side of the country confessed that they’re worried about Washington. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, was among those who spoke against the political shenanigans that...

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