An Evening with David P. Gushee

Last week, Evangelical scholar and Christian ethicist David Gushee visited The University of Virginia to give two lectures. I attended the first – “Sacredness of Life,” which received its title from his latest book.  If I recall, the poster advertising his visit said something along these lines. “Christian Ethicist David P. Gushee argues that culture [Read More...]

The World’s Eyes on NRA Lobbyists

While efforts to reduce gun violence in the U.S. move forward, the international community is watching closely to see if NRA lobbyists once again seek to derail the Arms Trade Treaty when the U.N. negotiations resume next month. Here’s how to talk about the Treaty and hold its opponents accountable.   Core Message When there [Read More...]

What’s in Your Portfolio?

Late Saturday morning, I was sitting in my favorite Charlottesville coffee shop with my dad and uncle.  They were in town for a basketball game but we had a few hours to spare so I decided to show them one of my favorite places to work. Just before it was time to head to the [Read More...]

Climate Change, Here and Now

President Obama vowed action on climate change in his historic inaugural speech warning that “the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” Here’s how to make the case for why and how we can tackle one the most pressing challenges facing humanity.   Lead with Common Sense and Values There’s no [Read More...]

Gun Violence: Prep Guide

Core Message: Congress chose to legalize the gun that killed the Newtown children. It’s time to make it right.    Commonly Asked Questions: Q: Would closing the private sales loophole prevent private citizens from selling firearms? A: Yes, gun show loophole legislation allows for private sales to continue, so long as a background check is performed on [Read More...]

NRA Lobbyists vs. Gun Owners

Core Message: It has been just over one month since the Newtown elementary school massacre and the NRA continues to use this tragedy as a fundraising tool. Instead of representing law abiding gun owners, the Washington gun lobby is using the Newtown massacre to raise money so they can keep doing the bidding of companies [Read More...]

Failing at Devil’s Advocate for Louie Giglio

In the few short days since controversy erupted around Rev. Louie Giglio’s invitation to pray at the inauguration, I’ve been engaging in a Tevye-esque internal dialogue, ala Fiddler on the Roof, looking at the one hand and then the other hand of this episode. [Read more...]

The Murmur of Military Violence Drones On

Everyday, it seems, I read tweets and news snippets announcing that, “Obama launches drone attacks on Pakistan” or Yemen or Iran. And every time, I struggle to reconcile my conception of the man I voted for with the man who is responsible for these distant, unmanned attacks. People who study international affairs or foreign policy [Read More...]

The World is About to Turn

Recently, I heard a story. A friend’s father ran into the superintendent of our local school system and struck up a conversation. She mentioned that they, like many other cities and counties on the East coast, had closed schools in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately there wasn’t much damage where we live. Unfortunately, the decision [Read More...]

The Need For Action on Gun Violence

Periodically Faithful Democrats will post message memos put together by Message Matters.  Below is today’s special edition memo on gun violence. In the wake of the elementary school massacre, ordinary Americans are demanding action oncommon-sense gun laws – like a strong new ban on the assault weapon and high-capacity magazinesthat killed these kids — while GOP Members of Congress dodge the issue. Here’s how to shut [Read More...]


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