Wars of Convenience

Just to recap...The current administration put a ban on Syrian refugees (among others) entering our country. Because they "might" be dangerous extremists; they "might" have ulterior motives, like recruiting innocent American teenagers as terrorists, and infiltrating our government; they "might" just be jealous of our amazing American lifestyle; probably some of them just want cable.Opportunistic scapegoating, every bit of it. Trump and his minions know, and have always known, exactly how … [Read more...]

From a Small Circle

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out … [Read more...]

We Should Not Be Alone: What Mike Pence Is Really Saying About Women

This just in: men cannot be trusted with women.This is not fake news, or snarky commentary from Slate or Salon. I’m not pulling from liberal alarmist news sites, or feminist click bait. It came from their king, their poster guy, the bro of bros. Yes, Mike Pence himself announced that men cannot be trusted alone with women.In a Washington Post feature this week, the VP revealed that Karen Pence serves as his “gut check, and shield...” and that he makes it a point to never be alone with a … [Read more...]

Stories Untold: Saving Sesame Street from the America First Budget

Guest post: Rev. Elizabeth GrashamI won’t bury the lede: I vehemently oppose President Trump’s “America First” budget for innumerable reasons.  But one of the big reasons I oppose it is because he’s threatening Sesame Street.Before my divorce was final, I took my son to see his incarcerated father on a once-a-month schedule.  Our visits were always the same: the car would be searched at the entrance gate, we would take a Ziploc bag of quarters, my keys and ID inside, we would go through a … [Read more...]

Coal is Not Coming Back: And Nostalgia May Kill Us

I could hear the trains from my bedroom. All hours of the day or night. The sound was such a part of the backdrop of my childhood, I feel a little disoriented now if I find myself too far from the tracks.Any tracks will do. Luckily, in America, trains are everywhere.My dad worked for the coal company for the better part of my first 20 years. He worked in the office, not underground, so I won't try to pretend I'm Loretta Lynn. But I do watch that movie whenever I'm homesick... because she … [Read more...]

The Growing Voice of Progressive Faith

Progressive Christian voices are gaining power on the political scene. And lately, I'm seeing reports to that effect from some unlikely secular sources. LikeHigh Noon for the Religious Left, from the Bloomberg News;and "Religious Left" Emerging as Political Force in Trump Era, from Reuters.On the one hand... like we been sayin'. In many ways, this is old news. These stories cite the influence of leaders like William Barber II and the Moral Mondays movement; Jim Wallis and the So … [Read more...]

My Belated Love Affair with Pawnee, Indiana

I'm inexcusably late to the party. I'm the first to admit that. But now, I am in. I am so, so in. I am in love with Pawnee, and I don't care who knows it. Leslie Knope is my spirit animal--as any Enneagram Type 7 will attest, a hilarious and sometimes painful window to my own soul. I can't get enough of Ron Swanson's off-beat brand of Libertarian feminism; and Chris Traeger is LIT-erally the best thing that ever happened to my Netflix queue.Also, I'm pretty sure I talked to the real life … [Read more...]

The False Idol of “Results:” The Sins of Our National Budget

If you want to know the heart of a nation, just look to its budget.Ours, at the moment, does not contain anything resembling a heart. Or a conscience. Or a brain, for that matter.The first draft of the proposed national budget, revealed this week, shows significant cuts to everything except security. Programs like Meals on Wheels, that serve the most vulnerable, have been eliminated completely. School lunches and after school nutrition programs are still on the chopping block. The … [Read more...]

A Traveling Musician’s America

Happy to share this great guest post with you today...by my little brother!As a touring musician, I’m abundantly fortunate to get the opportunity to see so much of this wonderful country. Red states, blue states, liberal bastions, “flyover” country - every bit of it. For 18 years, I was a staunch progressive raised in a small Kentucky town, and now I’ve ended up in the liberal enclave of Nashville, Tennessee - a progressive island in an extremely red state.Division, marked by geographic b … [Read more...]