No Religious Test for Compassion

“And I think our focus ought to be on the Christians who have no place in Syria anymore.” (Jeb Bush on Sunday’s Meet the Press, with similar comments on CNN’s State of the Union.) “We need to be working to provide a safe haven for those Christians who are being persecuted and facing genocide, and at [Read More…]

“To Welcome The Stranger”

The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released the following statement about President Barack Obama’s executive action related to immigration and deportation this week: As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth. [Read More…]

A Prayer for Women’s History Month

As President Barack Obama officially proclaimed last week, March is women’s history month in the United States: Women’s History Month is a time to remember those who fought to make that freedom as real for our daughters as for our sons. Written out of the promise of the franchise, they were women who reached up [Read More…]

Seneca Falls. Selma. Stonewall :: The Basics

Unless you’ve actively studied the gay rights movement in the U.S., it might be possible that you’d never heard of “Stonewall” before President Barack Obama name checked it in his second inaugural address.  You might have had the opportunity to learn about U.S. women’s history at some point, given that we now have such a [Read More…]

Imagining a Different Inaugural Benediction

You may or may not have been following the controversy around President Obama’s first choice to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration next week.  In short, he kept with his own practice of choosing a public opponent to gay and lesbian rights in selecting Louis Giglio to do this time what Rick Warren did [Read More…]

Too Late. Again.

With his silence and tears more powerful than the words … “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.” “We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” Here’s some of what I said after another mass shootings [Read More…]

Barack Obama, Once More

For whom will you vote for President, and why? I intend to vote for Barack Obama for president because he has done and said many things that matter to me.  His commitments reflect mine, and his accomplishments have improved the lives of millions of Americans. Here is the beginning of a list: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act The [Read More…]

Presidential Faith: When Difference Matters

Does a candidate’s faith matter? Judging from voters in recent years, and in the 2012 election cycle, the answer is yes, especially if you think it’s sufficiently different. Last year, over at TheReligiousLeft.org, I was inspired by a question from a former student: “So I was trying to remember what we talked about in class [Read More…]

RomneyRyanObamaBiden ~ Religion & Politics Overload

Now that the two presidential tickets are set, the number of things to talk about in terms of religion and this election has exponentially grown. A Biden-Ryan debate. Catholic showdown of timely proportions, with two men who present two very different visions of an American Catholic in the twenty-first century.  As Paul Raushenbush put it, [Read More…]