October 16, 2018

No, it’s not done. But that’s the right question. It means that unlike many Americans, you no longer take democracy for granted. Democracy can only be maintained by vigilance and we have been headed down the road to unfreedom for some time. The Kavanaugh appointment was a failure for our democracy on so many levels. The Senate failed to fully vet a lifetime appointment with a faux FBI investigation of sexual assault charges and a refusal to release millions of… Read more

October 2, 2018

As allegations about Judge Kavanaugh multiply and cast doubt on his character and fitness for the Supreme Court, there was a lot of bad news this past September. Here is one good story that no one is paying attention to — SNAP, that is, food stamps, in the 2018 Farm Bill. Just this past Sunday, September 30th, we missed a deadline to renew the Farm Bill. But that is actually a good thing. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is… Read more

September 21, 2018

Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham and on of the Trump’s most vocal evangelical supporters, implied in an interview this week that he thinks attempted rape doesn’t matter. Graham is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Asked by a Christian Broadcast Network reporter what he thought about the attempted rape allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh, Graham said that what Kavanaugh did as a teenager… Read more

September 14, 2018

Thanks to U.S. intelligence agencies, we now know Russian agents are still actively working to promote polarization and destabilize American democracy. Our reality show president uses misinformation and inflammatory tweets to distract and divide us. With midterm elections coming up, it is especially important for faith communities to be vigilant. With the right skills, we can play a major role in strengthening democracy. Here are a few ways we can get started. Use social media wisely First, come up with… Read more

September 4, 2018

I don’t like calling anyone dangerous but a Supreme Court justice who threatens our civil rights instead of championing them is just that. Today Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the American people to tell us how he would serve on the Supreme Court. He has already told us he thinks the President shouldn’t face questioning or criminal charges while in office and he has already made it clear that he does not seek to… Read more

August 28, 2018

Last night, President Trump hosted about a hundred evangelical leaders, including Ralph Reed, Robert Jeffress, Eric Metaxas and others, at the White House for a “state dinner.”  They should have boycotted. Instead, conservative reporter David Brody tweeted exuberantly:  “Javanka” at @WhiteHouse evangelical dinner last night. They have been FULLY embraced by these evangelical leaders. They have prayed with both of them many times. The love is returned FULLY. @CBNNews @IvankaTrump @POTUS pic.twitter.com/rZhLCY54Kf — David Brody (@TheBrodyFile) August 28, 2018 And… Read more

August 10, 2018

To mark the one-year anniversary of a reprehensible rally in Charlottesville, Va., that killed one and wounded dozens, white supremacist groups are gathering in Washington, D.C to spew even more hate. Organizers have changed at least one strategy since last year’s bloodshed. This time, white supremacist organizers will not allow members to carry the Nazi flag. Only the Confederate and American flags will be permitted. As a Southerner, this sent a chill down my spine. As they march on Sunday,… Read more

July 20, 2018

This week President Trump showed unadulterated support for a murderous tyrant by embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s worldview, even as Putin undermines our democracy. If it wasn’t clear before, it should be now: America is headed toward tyranny and people of faith must speak out. Christians, who value the dignity of every human being as created in God’s image and therefore value democratic governance, must resist him. We cannot support a president who calls good evil and evil good. A… Read more

July 11, 2018

President Trump’s top spiritual advisor, Paula White, has been justifying the President’s crusade to torture immigrant and refugee children by ripping them from their parent’s arms and stalling on a court order to reunite them. Now she’s backing her anti-immigrant position up with a misrepresentation of scripture. “I think so many people have taken biblical scriptures out of context on this, to say stuff like, ‘Well, Jesus was a refugee,'” White said yesterday. “Yes, He did live in Egypt for… Read more

July 3, 2018

Tears of joy mixed with sadness rolled down my sweaty face last week as I watched a stream of 100 immigrant parents and children approach Sister Norma Pimentel’s humanitarian respite center to the applause of volunteers. They had fled violence and endured perilous journeys. For days or weeks they had been held in cages at the Customs and Border Patrol Processing Center, their fate uncertain. There are moments in life when I’ve seen the Kingdom of God break through. The… Read more

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