Until we all view Trayvon….

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...as our own son, nothing will change.My son Shem almost always wears a hoodie...and he prefers to have candy in that hoodie. He does not face the same racism that Trayvon did. Luckily, we also have not had a neighbor like George Zimmerman.While we lament our gun-crazed violent and hateful culture, may our hearts and thoughts be with Trayvon's parents. Trayvon is their son. They can no longer hug him. They can no longer enjoy his smile. They can no longer listen to his laugh.We … [Read more...]

Patriotism? Bah Humbug!

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Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, I have had doubts about the way in which the lens of nationalism informs my view of the world. While many turned to the flag and the chapel in the aftermath of those attacks, both seemed superficial to me. The loss that day was not an American loss but a loss of humanity. Those lives had value not as Americans (of course, many were not Americans), but as human beings. That many rallied around the banner of patriotism disturbed me then as much then as it … [Read more...]

Homosexuality Is Not a Sin

“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin."Not sure if I hate the sin, but I hate this saying. Well, at least when used in reference to homosexuality.The primary reason that I bristle against this saying is that I reject the idea that homosexuality is a sin. We should love everyone, including sinners. So, I am not saying that we should instead hate the sinner.I am not rejecting the idea of sin at all. Instead, I am saying that the construct which frames homosexuality as a sin is figment of c … [Read more...]

Ben Bernanke is a Rawlsian!

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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’s 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...]

Wealth Inequality in America (Video)

I was sharing with my son Shem (11) the other night about the difference principle of John Rawls. I will have to share more about that conversation later, but I think this video points to some important matters of perception when it comes to wealth inequality and distributive justice.Found via Upworthy. … [Read more...]


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