Not Fit for Dinner: Placing #ObamaInHistory

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.The 2012 presidential election campaign is increasing in hostility (on both ends), as many expected it would. President Barack Obama faced the prospect of potential criticism over his connection with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who made headlines in 2008 for his “inflammatory rhetoric” and his call for God to “damn” America. The tactic was, however, … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Drone Warfare and the “Playstation” Killing Mentality

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.This week has been the best of weeks and the worst of weeks for America and its drone warfare. It counts among its successes the killing of two suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, one of whom was a high-profile operative. However, the American military also accepted responsibility for a botched attack resulting in the death of six civilians.Salon’s G … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: May Day and the Danger of Violence

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.The most recent May Day renewed debate about the place of violence in social movements like Occupy Wall Street. Emerging from their hibernation, Occupiers expressed hope that the movement’s May Day protests would be invigorating and launch an American Spring—a hope that some have said fizzled after disappointing results. (This criticism has not … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Morally Unfit for War in Afghanistan

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Americans have even stronger reason to consider the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan after the Los Angeles Times released two photos of American soldiers posing with slain Afghan insurgents. The photographs are the latest of 2012’s revelations of military misconduct in Afghanistan this year—the others being the urinating on dead bodies by sol … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: The Coming ApocoPresidency?

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.The debate over how important it is for candidates to be Christian has renewed this week upon Rick Santorum’s campaign suspension. Also, AnGeL Ministries' director Anne Graham Lotz (the middle name gives her ministerial lineage away) was criticized for claiming on an MSNBC roundtable that she would “not vote for a man who was atheist.” As she ment … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: The Shock Value of Cain Solutions’ Animal Ads

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.I’m beginning to wonder if Herman Cain has been studying shock art recently. If you’ve seen the recent commercials Cain Solutions has released (with more, alas, on the way), you know what I mean.Take a look at the first commercial:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YYN-Awrq3ogMany were upset by the commercial. It wa … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: The Faith Policy of Rick Santorum

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Rick Santorum interviewed last week with RealClearReligion and discussed his faith. His answers adhered to the scripted line of evangelical politicians: his faith and conscience, rooted as they allegedly are in Scripture, direct his policies.Based on Santorum’s answer, the interviewer asked if Santorum’s faith would confirm that war with Iran wo … [Read more...]


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