Articles By: Emily Timbol

Emily is a writer, an avid reader, a cynic, and someone who spends way too much time on the internet. You can often find her work here, on her blog, or on her Twitter, www.twitter.com/EmilyTimbol

CrossTalk: When is it OK to Use the Word “Homophobia?”

CrossTalk: When is it OK to Use the Word “Homophobia?”
Image via onewed.com James: Emily, in your recent Huffington Post piece, I was disappointed that you employed what is perhaps the most fraudulently-used word of our time: “homophobic.” Since “phobia” means “an irrational fear of”, the word homophobia carries an implication...
March 20th, 2013 | Columns, Cross Talk | Read More

Cross Talk: Did Our President Overstep His Bounds?

Cross Talk: Did Our President Overstep His Bounds?
In this column, we’ll discuss important current event topics with two Burnside writers who disagree on the issues. One leans left, the other right. Their faith is what helps them to meet in the middle. Usually. James: Emily, a short time ago, I told you I felt President Obama was overstepping his bounds...
January 31st, 2013 | Cross Talk | Read More

Praying for Stronger American Morals in 2013

Praying for Stronger American Morals in 2013
I still remember the first time I saw Dennis Franz’s bare ass on NYPD Blue. It was 1994. I was nine years old and sitting next to my parents when they audibly gasped at the display of nudity on the screen. It could have been a gasp at Franz’s less than perfect bottom, or it could have been that...
January 30th, 2013 | Featured | Read More

CrossTalk: Freedom of Religion and Government Mandated Birth Control

CrossTalk: Freedom of Religion and Government Mandated Birth Control
In this column, we’ll discuss important current event topics with two Burnside writers who disagree on the issues. One leans left, the other right. Their faith is what helps them to meet in the middle. Usually. Emily:  James, there’s a lot of fighting, tension, and debate going on right now...
January 10th, 2013 | Cross Talk | Read More

Cross Talk: Let’s Talk About Sex (Baby)

Cross Talk: Let’s Talk About Sex (Baby)
In this column, we’ll discuss important current event topics with two Burnside writers who disagree on the issues. One leans left, the other right. Their faith is what helps them to meet in the middle. Usually. Emily: Alright, let’s talk about sex. James: I read your recent  HuffPo post and...
November 29th, 2012 | Columns, Cross Talk, Featured | Read More

Let’s Have a Kvetch Fest

Let’s Have a Kvetch Fest
I feel bad for people who talk to me at parties. At least lately. For the past month or so, whenever someone has come up to me and asked, “So how are you doing?” I’ve answered honestly. “Not so great actually, you see . . . ” I say, and then proceed to verbal diarrhea all over them. By...
November 21st, 2012 | Featured | Read More

Cross Talk: The Presidential Townhall Debate

Cross Talk: The Presidential Townhall Debate
In this column, we’ll discuss important current event topics with two Burnside writers who disagree on the issues. One leans left, the other right. Their faith is what helps them to meet in the middle. Usually. Emily: I’m looking forward to this! So James, I’m assuming by now you’ve caught...
October 25th, 2012 | Columns, Cross Talk, Culture, Democracy, Featured | Read More

Finding Discourse in the Healthcare Ruling

Finding Discourse in the Healthcare Ruling
  My high school AP government teacher gave me an assignment today. Mr. Lee apparently doesn’t care that I graduated from high school almost ten years ago, but I guess that’s what happens when you friend old teachers on Facebook. Since he was one of my favorites, I decided to humor...
July 18th, 2012 | Democracy, Essays | Read More

What Horror Movies Taught Me About Hell

What Horror Movies Taught Me About Hell
It’s not easy being a cinephile with an extreme phobia of vomit. Anytime I see or hear someone throwing up on screen, my body has an immediate visceral reaction. My heart rate increases, my blood runs cold, and my stomach instantly clenches up like a fist. This, coupled with my intense dislike of anything...
June 25th, 2012 | Arts, Film | Read More

Leaving The Religious Lifestyle

Leaving The Religious Lifestyle
The e-mails kept coming. More often. Longer. Before logging into my Gmail account every morning, I played a little game in my head. No messages today meant there was hope they’d change their mind. Unread e-mail sitting in my inbox indicated a chance to explain myself. Make them see the good in my intentions. . The...
November 7th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More