I teach Biblical Studies at a small liberal arts college in Birmingham, Alabama. I am a white, middle-aged woman, Christian, married, politically liberal, and a feminist. I am the mother of two teen-aged daughters. I voted for Doug Jones and I ugly-cried tears of joy and relief when he won the U.S. Senate seat on December 12. You should know all these things before you read further; I am not pretending to talk about the Bible, or the white, Christian,… Read more

I grew up in a generation that didn’t vote. We had collectively come to the conclusion that our voices would not matter. We knew that the things we cared about would not be addressed in the halls of power. Sometime around 1985 when I was 12 years old, I watched the art community begin to change the minds of a generation. I saw art and music elevate conversations about justice and describe the societal problems that had been ignored. U2,… Read more

As it becomes increasingly obvious that the crude, lying, egomaniacal, bigoted, impulsive, anti-science, anti-intellectual, anti-environmental sexual predator anti-Christian that we saw during the presidential campaign is the same Trump we see as president it becomes critical, that we must have a way forward to removing him from office. Clearly the mainstream, liberal, and principled conservative and Christian media have been unrelenting in exposing the deep flaws of this president, yet is this sufficient to get enough Americans to demand that he voluntarily leave… Read more

Most of us prefer to hang out with people who share our political views. This is only natural—as they say, birds of a feather flock together. Yet our habit becomes problematic when instead of approaching the “others” as friends who happen to see things differently, we start treating them as enemies. Sadly, in our country, this has become the new norm. On both sides, vitriolic expressions of contempt and disdain, anger and hatred have become commonplace. Read more

On this Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, I have a question for my readers, particularly the vast majority of my progressive friends, and that is, “Where is the love?” I ask this in the context of the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the notions of both Imago Dei (we are all made in the image of God) and Matthew 5:43-44, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I… Read more

By Matthew Snider.   George Orwell’s monumental political novel, 1984, has been used almost endlessly since it was originally published to impugn administrations, companies, and all manner of authorities that are perceived as too powerful. It’s become such an inextricable part of our cultural vocabulary that it seems difficult to imagine our political conversation if it didn’t exist. But beyond the novel’s warnings about powerful governments and political doublespeak, one quote that has remained with me ever since I first… Read more

There’s an easy, but not simple, answer why Hillary Clinton will not win the presidential election against Donald Trump. It’s the same reason she was unable to defeat Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008. The reason? She’s a woman. Before you scoff, consider this. Fourteen years ago today, I lead a team of thirteen and fourteen year old boys to a league championship in one of the wealthiest, most educated counties in the US. I happened to be… Read more

In the 1980s and 90s, the American media was dramatically obsessed with documenting the rise and influence of what came to be called the Evangelical or Religious Right, a politico-religious hybrid embodied most publicly by figures like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and James Dobson. Looking back thirty-odd years later, it’s easy to acknowledge that the Religious Right was a last grasp for control by a conservative movement quickly losing ground on social issues. Today, the Religious Right is a graveyard… Read more

Progressive voters under 30 years famously helped President Barack Obama take the presidency in 2008. Similarly, throughout this campaign they have been unquestionably the largest supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders—presently the only 2016 candidate who Millennials view favorably. But after last night’s results in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, the nomination of former Secretary Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for the presidency is now all but inevitable, leaving millions of young progressives disappointed. However, the future of progressivism cannot be about… Read more

Conservative Christians have lost sight of what it means to be pro-life. The pro-life position has always been about affirming the sanctity of human life and ensuring that the most vulnerable among us are treated with love and compassion. This is, of course, a noble pursuit, but in their zeal to halt society’s decent into the chaos of moral relativity, conservative Christians have lost sight of all else. Being pro-life has come to mean fighting for the rights of the… Read more

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