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Idealists & Realists for Hillary

Much has been made of Hillary Clinton’s presidential run since she announced last month. However you feel about it, there’s fervor to be had. On one side of the spectrum, various conservatives denounce Clinton more than almost any other candidate in recent memory. On the other side, scores of progressives are nothing less than exhilarated by Hillary’s announcement video, seeing in her what they have seen in so many other great political leaders. This is especially true of religious progressives (myself included), those who are hopeful that their vote for Hillary will engender the kind of polic … [Read More...]

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Changing Indiana: How RFRA got fixed

The last time I wrote about religious liberty for this blog, I had been inspired to do so by many conversations with friends and coworkers, musing about how we might be able to take a few steps forward and, as progressives, rightfully claim this issue as our own.About a month later, we watched the kerfuffle in Indiana unfold after it was shown the LGBT community could be legally discriminated against with this legislation. After passage by the Indiana Senate and House, Governor Mike Pence signed the RFRA (pronounced riff-ruh) into law on March 26, known as the Religious Freedom Re … [Read More...]

Hillary’s Values: seeking criminal justice reform

This week, like me, I’m sure you prayed for peace and healing in Baltimore. Amidst the pain and suffering, the hatred and illegal acts, it was challenging to process the destruction and looting in a great American city while simultaneously wanting to acknowledge their rightful frustration.After Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Eric Garner and now, very likely, Freddie Gray it’s abundantly clear – and has been for years – there is a need for significant law enforcement and comm … [Read More...]

Why I’m Ready for Hillary

After much speculation and encouragement from supporters throughout the country, Hillary Clinton officially entered the 2016 Presidential race on Sunday, April 12. In stark contrast to the glitzy announcements of her GOP counterpoints, Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, Clinton’s down-to-earth launch highlighted her commitment to championing the causes of everyday Americans. And despite her near universal name recognition, and long career in public service, Hillary Clinton is not t … [Read More...]

A Note on Community

It’s not enough to talk about community. It’s not enough to quickly wave hello to your neighbors, then hustle into the safety of your home (though we all do it). Real community happens when you ask and answer honest questions. It happens when you console someone, lift someone up, or find a solution to a problem that has been nagging them for days, weeks, years. That’s where real relationships develop.These friend-to-friend, coworker-to-coworker, family member-to-family member ties are cri … [Read More...]

She’s running for President!

My Gmail inbox received an influx of fantastic news Sunday afternoon. And since I know many of you are like me, you're thrilled with the many messages and announcement that Hillary Clinton is officially running for President of the United States in 2016! We all "knew" it would happen. I mean, there was that small percentage of doubt that it might not, so I was so happy to remove all the rumors.And did you watch the video? Wow, that was a bold approach. It was fresh. It was real. If you … [Read More...]

An Endless Lenten Journey: Undocumented Immigrants

Millions of people around the world will walk together during Holy week, remembering the ancient story of death and resurrection, and gathering to celebrate Jesus Christ as "the Life." But the Lenten wandering characterized by pain and suffering will not end for millions of immigrants without legal status in this country.Recently, conservative leaders have vocally and discreetly contested comprehensive immigration reform and criticized President Obama’s executive actions this past No … [Read More...]

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point

(This opinion is reproduced with permission from the author and courtesy of The Huffington Post.)Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people. Lawmakers in my home state of West Virginia went so far as to block a popular taxi serv … [Read More...]

A Prayer for Ted Cruz (Not the way he wants)

Dear Media and News Editors:This is a prayer. I pray that when the media reports on politicians, and in particular, those running for President of the United States, that not all Christians are conservatives. Please don’t allow lazy stereotypes and tropes be used to assume there is one acceptable brand of faith.Yesterday, as Texas GOP junior Senator Ted Cruz announced at Liberty University he was running for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States, I listened hard, … [Read More...]

Tasteless, Tactless, or Treasonous?

 Tasteless, Tactless, or Treasonous? The 47 Senators and Talladega Nights Despite whatever feelings there may be regarding negotiations with Iran, it’s clear that from a strategic perspective, the letter 47 Republican senators sent to Iran was miscalculated. I believe the letter was a lot more than miscalculated though—it was a telling representation of where these senator’s hearts are.These senators were willing to risk our nation’s credibility in foreign policy affairs in the so-called na … [Read More...]


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