What Does It Mean that Chicago Is Not the Murder Capital?

Chicago came up quite a lot during this year's presidential election. Donald Trump came back to the city repeatedly in his speeches and debate performances, using it as the ultimate illustration of the need for "law and order" and a police force that is touch on crime. Have a look at this quote from his first debate: We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African- Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it's so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.In Ch … [Read more...]


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Did R. C. Sproul Jr. Incite Anti-Abortion Violence?

Let me tell you a story of two seemingly unconnected events. Both took place in Bloomington, Indiana, in early April of this year. Event #1: The first event took place on April 5th on the campus of Indiana University. It was that evening that Clearnote Campus Fellowship, the student outreach arm of Clearnote Church, brought in R.C. Sproul Jr. as a guest speaker. Sproul Jr. is a popular conservative pastor and theologian. This same group, Clearnote Campus Fellowship, brought Douglas Wilson as a … [Read more...]


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The Intersection of Guns, Gender, and Violence

The Sandy Hook shooting has brought guns into the spotlight once again, and as I've read about this issue in the blogs I follow I've been fascinated by the different ways in which gender has been brought into this discussion. I'm going to offer some quotations from several of these articles, along with a bit of commentary.First, Sam Harris responded to Sandy Hook by arguing that the answer is more guns, not fewer. His argument, which was covered by fellow Patheos blogger Hemant Mehta, was … [Read more...]


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