Cultures of Violence Die Hard

Last night, Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Pianoforte assaulted a reporter. According to individuals from Fox News, who were at the scene: [Jacobs] walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte's face and began asking if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane … [Read more...]


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Where Do We Direct Our Criticism?

I've noticed a pattern of affirming African American activists' goals---i.e. the wrongness of the oppression and barriers they face---while at the same time questioning their methods and the actions they take. We see this today, in opposition to Black Lives Matter. We saw this in the 1960s, in opposition to the civil rights movement. But this pattern wasn't new even then.You can see this pattern here, in an evangelical article from the 1920s: We remember reading, years ago, the report of a … [Read more...]


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Confederate Monuments and “Historical Vandalism”

This weekend torch-wielding protesters chanted Nazi slogans as they rallied in defense of a statue of Robert E. Lee which the Charlottesville City Council recently voted to remove. What may be less known is that Corey Stewart, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, has also spoken out in defense of the statue. "You cannot revise history. Only tyrants attempt to erase history. This is tantamount to denouncing your own heritage," Stewart said...."I will do whatever I need to, both now and … [Read more...]


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Hispanic Christians and Evangelical Persecution Narratives

"Half of Hispanic Christians Worry About Deportation Under Trump," read the headline of a Christianity Today article earlier this year. While still conservative, the evangelical magazine Christianity Today has increasingly become a voice of reason within the evangelical community. In pointing this out, the author was noting something many evangelicals had probably not considered.White evangelical Christians overwhelmingly voted for Trump, despite his insistence on connecting Hispanic … [Read more...]


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On Supreme Court Nominee, Trump First of One

On Saturday, Donald Trump said this: "I kept my promise, and now with your help, our brand new justice — and he is really something very special — Neil Gorsuch sits on the bench of the United States Supreme Court. For the first time in the modern political era, we have confirmed a new justice in the first 100 days. The last time that happened was 136 years ago, in 1881. Now, we won't get any credit for this, but don't worry about it." There's one very big problem with this. Several, actua … [Read more...]


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Local Media Punts on White Supremacism

Have a look at this social media post by ABC7 Sarasota:The post features a picture of a flier featuring a young blond girl and this text: The greatest con-job of the 20th century was allowing America's enemies to convince whites that it's morally wrong to love and support their own race. #whitelivesmatter These fliers are similar to other "alt right" white supremacist literature that has been found in many areas of the country since Donald Trump moved the Overton window on race last y … [Read more...]


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And the Best Twitter Thread of the Week Goes to … the Chicago Police Department!

Tweets from the Chicago Police Department don't usually have me in stitches, but twitter users' responses to a tweet CPD posted on a recent gun confiscation had me on the floor. The CPD posted a picture of what appear to be two antique guns and two bags of marijuana with the text "Great intel lead to a positive search warrant for the 1063 team in the 10th District. Weapons and drugs recovered." Twitter users who saw the tweet were not impressed---and they let the CPD know in styl … [Read more...]


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