Matt Walsh, Police Brutality, and Victim Blaming

We often talk about victim blaming as it relates to rape, but victim blaming plays a similar function when it comes to police brutality as well. In both cases, we as a society look for something the victim must have done wrong, some way that they surely must have brought what happened on themselves. In the case of rape, we as a society ask whether they drank too much or send the wrong message through their clothing or behavior? In the case of police brutality, we as a society ask whether they … [Read more...]


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On 911 Caller’s Racial Bias and Police Brutality

While we often talk about police responsibility in cases of police brutality, we rarely talk about the responsibility of those who make the calls that result in acts of police brutality. For example, police who shot and killed John Crawford III while he was shopping in Walmart with his girlfriend were responding to a 911 call that claimed Crawford was threatening people with a gun, claims store surveillance tapes revealed to be false. While police were still in the wrong---they shot Crawford on t … [Read more...]


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Pope Francis Presides over a Church Still Fighting to Keep Accused Sex Abusers from Going to Trial

Over the past week, I've seen a lot of lauding of Pope Francis' efforts to fight poverty, global climate change, and war. There is very little recognition that the Catholic church is involved in lobbying against laws that would extend the statute of limitations, allowing victims of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago to find justice. Statutes of limitations in some states are as little as two to three years, which has made it impossible to prosecute priests (and others) for past sexual abuse. … [Read more...]


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Dear Jesus: A Letter on Anger and Christianity

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...]


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Now Let’s Talk about Rachel Dolezal

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...]


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Let’s Talk about Riots

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...]


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

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...]


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