See How to Properly Respond to Michelle Bachmann

A good lesson from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)(h/t: TPM)This should be everyone's reaction to anything said by Michelle Bachmann."Like" Approaching Justice on Facebook … [Read more...]

Power to The United Nations

I am very excited to see that Samantha Power is being appointed as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Power is a strong advocate for a liberal foreign policy that focuses on human rights. In particular, Power has focused her writing and advocacy on the need to prevent and halt genocide.Power, a graduate of Harvard Law School, came to prominence in the 1990s writing as a journalist about the American failure to respond to the genocide in Rwanda and the slow American response to … [Read more...]

Ben Bernanke is a Rawlsian!

Well, maybe.In a speech at the Baccalaureate Ceremony at Princeton University on Sunday, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke was channelling some heavy luck egalitarianism along with some New Testament.He gives ten suggestions to the graduates. In particularly, number three stands out as particularly Rawlsian:The concept of success leads me to consider so-called meritocracies and their implications. We have been taught that meritocratic institutions and societies are fair. … [Read more...]

Baptists Set to Ditch Boy Scouts

CNN is reporting that the Southern Baptist Convention will be abandoning the Boys Scouts of America over the BSA's decision to allow openly gay youth to participate in Boy Scout units.The Southern Baptist Convention, the country‚Äôs largest Protestant denomination, will soon urge its 45,000 congregations and 16 million members to cut ties with the Scouts, according to church leaders.The denomination will vote on nonbinding but influential resolutions during a convention June 11-12 in H … [Read more...]

A Moral Critique of Guns and Gun Culture

I am working on a theological case against guns. Not so much for gun control, but against guns. My thinking keeps coming back to a recent appearance by Jeff McMahan on the podcast Philosophy Bites.You can listen to the podcast here. Philosophy Bites can also be found on iTunes.Take a listen. I would love to hear your thoughts.McMahan makes a similar argument in more detail in the New York Times.Gun advocates and criminals are allies in demanding that guns remain in private hands. They … [Read more...]

Meg Lanker-Simons is my friend.

Surviving Wyoming is no longer about surviving the brutal weather and climate (like it was the pioneers) but it is about surviving the brutal and cruel people.Meg Lanker-Simons is my friend. I am her friend. I stand by her for that very reason.I know what it is like to be thrown under the bus by an institution of higher education that is willing to spread vitriol and lies in order to cover itself.I know what it is like to deal with law enforcement in Wyoming. Not the most analytical … [Read more...]

Which Side Are You On? (Happy May Day!)

I was introduced to the Florence Reece's song "Which Side Are You On?" by Pete Seeger's rendition of the song. I love Pete's version. It is a haunting song in many ways.I recently can across Natalie Merchant's cover of "Which Side Are You On?" It is equally haunting and beautiful.Earlier today, I wrote about officially joining a union.Which side are you on? … [Read more...]