Dear Jesus: A Letter on Anger and Christianity

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Dear Jesus,We need to have a chat. You see, I've been reading the gospels and I have been struck by how angry you constantly were. Have you paused to read through your sermons before delivering them there to read for tone? This sort of anger is really unbecoming. I understand that there are injustices in the world and that you want to fight them, but this is not the proper way to go about things. You are attacking those on your side and participating in unseemly protests, and frankly, Jesus, … [Read more...]

Now Let’s Talk about Rachel Dolezal

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Late last week Homeschoolers Anonymous pulled its posts on Rachel Dolezal out of concern that these posts were contributing to efforts to minimize or excuse Rachel's actions. After seeing this I thought about pulling my post on Rachel Dolezal's parents, but have ultimately decided against it, largely because I stated upfront that the background I was providing does not to excuse Rachel in any way. But I've realized that this is not enough. As I've read comments on my post and elsewhere on the int … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk about Riots

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The discussion of the Baltimore riots has split America, with conservatives lining up to condemn the riots and liberals lining up to defend them and each side calling the other racist. African Americans, too, are often split along the same lines.For example, we see this from in the Atlantic: Now, tonight, I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and "nonviolent." These well-intended pleas strike me as the right answer to the wrong … [Read more...]

“Women’s Cultures” Reminds Us that the Catholic Church Is Still Out of Touch with Women

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By AhabOriginally posted on Republic of GileadAs of late, Catholic leaders have been showing their true colors regarding their attitudes toward women. For example, the 2014 Humanum conference was brimming with retrograde messages about gender complimentarity, marriage, and family. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke drew ire earlier this year when he decried the "feminized" atmosphere of the church. Now, the Catholic Church is being ridiculed for a misguided conference on women's issues at the … [Read more...]

Why the Pope’s Recent Comments on Limiting Family Size Were Not Actually “Compassionate”

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While in college, I converted to Catholicism. I went through the full process and was received into the Church. I still have the dress I wore that day. As a newly married Catholic, I relied on natural family planning (NFP) to plan and space out my children. Even after I found that I no longer believed in God, I continued using NFP, largely because I liked that it was natural and I was taught growing up that artificial birth control was little better than poison. While today I have an IUD, I used … [Read more...]

Whitesplaining Racial Disparities in STEM Fields

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Today I came upon an article on Chris Stedman's Religious News Service blog, titled Instead of hating on social justice, atheists should tackle STEM segregation. The article was written by Sikivu Hutchinson, a black activist and author. At this point it’s a cliché that white “New Atheist” elites love to saber rattle against the inclusion of social justice in atheist organizing. Yet, when it comes to anti-racist social justice, even the “kinder, gentler” Humanist community often nods its head in … [Read more...]

Racism Is (Not) Dead

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There was a time I thought racism was a thing of the past. Even after I confronted my own covert racism, I still thought blatant upfront racism was a thing of the past. I believed that racism had changed and become something less visible but not less real, but recent events have forced me to realize that I was wrong. I've watched the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision with rapt attention. I've followed the non-indictment of the police officers involved in the John Crawford III's … [Read more...]


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