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The Preschool to Prison Pipeline Must Stop

Laws are created for society; society is not created for its laws. It’s both a biblical principle and common sense knowledge that laws are only as good as the ends they serve and the means by which they get there. When laws harmfully reshape our communities, it’s time to change them.A recent report from CNN found that public preschools suspended 7,500 children nationwide last year. That’s right, these are suspensions from pre-school.For what, you ask?According to Dr. John Deasy, the Superintendent of the LAUSD, the majority of suspensions in his Los Angeles schools were for “will … [Read More...]

What has Shaken American Faith in the Power of Religion?

A May 2014 Gallup Poll says that 57% of the Americans polled believe in the ability of religion to answer most or all of the world’s problems. Click here to read the article. Gallup first conducted this poll once in the 1950s, once in the 1970s, and multiple times during the 1980s and each subsequent decade. American belief in religion to solve worldwide problems was at its height the first time the poll was conducted in 1957. In 1957, 82% of the respondents believed in Religion’s ability to answer the world’s problems. So, what has happened? Yes, technically, as the article reminds readers, 57 … [Read More...]

Fair vs Equal: Punishing and Protecting in a Values-Consistent Manner

Earlier this month the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, called upon all states to “take concrete steps towards abolishing or no longer practicing this form of punishment.” By "this form of punishment," Ban Ki-moon was referring to the death penalty. He went on to call the practice “cruel and inhumane” and I could not help but nod my head in agreement.I have asked myself many times: should laws be based in equality or fairness? After all, equality and fairness are consider … [Read More...]

After Hobby Lobby: Takeaways and Implications

On Monday, June 30, the Supreme Court ruled on the Hobby Lobby case. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that “closely held” (e.g., the majority of outstanding stock of a company is owned by five or fewer people) for-profit companies do not need to follow federal law requiring that insurance plans include contraception for female employees. The ruling was based on the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed to protect an individual’s free exercise of religion, and marks the first time in our … [Read More...]

What Can We Learn from the Pending Hobby Lobby Case?

Just a little while ago, I read a blog post by Dr. Jackie Roese regarding the upcoming Supreme Court decision about the Hobby Lobby case. She makes the argument that we, especially women, are “eating cheeseburgers” when it comes to the issue of contraception for women – that it seems so straightforward and obvious that women should have easy access to contraceptives, we just go about our regular lives, munching on our cheeseburgers and not worrying about this case or its implications. But depen … [Read More...]

Catholics Continue to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Catholics care about creation. The command to be actively involved in and concerned for our environment has a divine origination. To care for creation is to care for the God we can encounter through nature. With these statements in mind, I feel the need to draw attention to the inspiring and encouraging behaviors some Catholics have engaged in to take action upon these fundamental Catholic beliefs.This week the University of Dayton, “a leading Catholic University and the largest private uni … [Read More...]

Make Abortions an Anomaly: Support Contraception Coverage

Let’s get one thing clear: no one dreams of having an abortion. Here, America stands united. We all want to lower the U.S. abortion rate. We all want fewer unplanned pregnancies. We all want “life.” We all want to see an America filled with happy, healthy families and babies.But, as a recent article by Julia K. Stronks and Jeffrey F. Peipert, “an evangelical Christian, political science professor and a Jewish, family-planning physician,” states clearly, if the upcoming Hobby Lobby Supreme Cou … [Read More...]

Can the Little Children Come Unto Us? A Commentary on Gun Violence in United States Schools

In the wake of increased gun violence in our country that is disproportionately affecting our children and youth, we as citizens of this nation and as people of faith have a responsibility to respond by demanding legislation that better regulates guns and other weapons. We have to create the safest possible situation for our children. This is a call not only for those of us who are biological or adoptive mothers and fathers. This is a call to every person who is seeking to be a good citizen and … [Read More...]

Why Catholic Teaching Unquestionably Necessitates the Use of Renewable Energy

A Good World, a Life of Rights, and the Freedom to Choose  Catholic teaching unquestionably necessitates the use of renewable energy. Notice, I did not limit Catholic teaching to “Catholic Social Teaching,” or “Catholic Morality Teaching.” Catholic teaching as a whole is complex and many-sided; rarely, if ever, is there a single inflexible Message with a capital “M” that can capture the diversity within this rich tradition. However, several messages are crystal clear: the maker of Heave … [Read More...]

Can Progressive Christians Ever Support War?

With Memorial Day upon us, we Americans are about to enter the three day ritual of remembering those who have served and do serve in the armed forces, and especially those who have given their lives on behalf of our liberty and security.  As a progressive Christian, I will speak for myself to the question raised by the title; the answer is yes.  Just as any sensible person would understand the need for communities to hire police officers and give them authority to use force to maintain public o … [Read More...]


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