Santa and Jesus are White.

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Oh, wait.Jon Stewart breaks it down:Whiteness is lucky to have Fox News as a defender and champion.For a more serious discussion of the topic of race and Christ, check out The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America by Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey. … [Read more...]

Our “Elf on the Shelf” Has Good Taste

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On Monday morning, we awoke to find our "Elf on the Shelf" elf doing some light reading in the living room.He was reading The Examined Life by Robert Nozick. From the above picture, it appears that he was specifically reading the chapter on The Holocaust. This has come in handy, since I am writing specifically about that chapter today. Check back at Approaching Justice tomorrow to see if my collaboration with the elf  produces anything interesting. Merry Christmas! Yes, even to all those … [Read more...]

The Nativity

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 Luke 1: 26-55 (NSRV)In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conce … [Read more...]

Mary Knew! Stop Asking Stupid Questions!

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The popular Christmas song "Mary Did You Know?" by Mark Lowry is a pretty song in many ways. However it is also stupid and disrespectful of Mary.Did Mary know? Well, according to the first chapter of Luke she was visited by an angel of God.26. And in the sixth month the aangel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,27. To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.28. And the angel c … [Read more...]

Lit Review: George and Wolfe “Natural Law and Public Reason” #rawlsreligion

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NOTE: This is a research note as I compile my literature review.Robert George and Christopher Wolfe argue that the "reason" aspect of public reason automatically cast religion as somehow being unreasonable or irrational (George 2000, 67). For George and Wolfe, public reason is hostile to religion in that the revelation which stands as the basis of religious faith is sacred rather than "publicly accesible" (67).George and Wolfe contends that prior to 1947 and the Supreme Court case … [Read more...]

Video: The Life of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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I have been looking for a brief video that might serve as a good introduction to the life and times of Nelson Mandela. In particular, I was looking for something that I might share with my own kids and my future students. I really like this 12 minute biographical clip from the New York Times:Please share any thoughts, memories, or reflections in the comments below. … [Read more...]

46664 #mandela

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As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela many are making lists of their favorite songs about him in tribute and I will join them.46664 was Nelson Mandela's prison number for over 25 years.U2, long champions of social justice, contributed "Ordinary Love" to the soundtrack of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"The Specials composed this song with a straight forward message while Mandela was still in prison … [Read more...]


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