The Savior The Religious Right Had Been Waiting For

There is in fact a lot to be grateful for in connection with Donald Trump. And not just the fodder for Saturday Night Live skits that he and his administration have been providing. The underlying values of the so-called religious right are being exposed more clearly to public view than ever before.  This comic by [Read More…]

Fatal Terrorist Attacks in the United States Carried Out by Refugees

An article in The Washington Post confirms the information in the graphic above. And going back further, CNN notes that three refugees from Cuba killed a total of three people in a terrorist attack, prior to new legislation being introduced in 1980 to screen refugees more thoroughly. [Read more…]

Which Roman Emperor is Donald Trump?

Two online sources have suggested that Donald Trump resembled either Nero or Commodus. Any chance that we could persuade him to take a “Which Roman Emperor Are You?” quiz and tweet the results? Surely that would settle the matter. Then we could focus on the more serious issue: the fact that the current U. S. [Read More…]

Metacriticizing Donald Trump

The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship unit in the Society of Biblical Literature expresses its opposition to the Executive Order issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017, that immediately suspends entry of citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States. We recognize that the Bible bears contradictory [Read More…]

Israeli Settlements Explained

HT Danut Manastireanu [Read more…]

AAR Sociology of Religion Statement on the Executive Order

I became aware of another statement from an academic group and wanted to add it here along with the others that I’ve shared recently. It is from the American Academy of Religion’s Sociology of Religion program unit steering committee. [Read more…]

Guns vs. Refugees: Hypocrisy Illustrated

We see one practical example of the above in the decision of Republican politicians to remove laws that restricted the access of people with mental illnesses to guns. [Read more…]

America’s Choice: Table or Wall?

I expect you have heard the saying above before. Indeed, I suspect that I may have shared it on this blog before. But it is worth sharing again, because it sums up the choice before the United States at the moment. And it is the same choice the wealthy always face. One can horde, and [Read More…]

Mike Pence on Muslim Immigrants, 2015-2017

None other than J. K. Rowling drew attention to this tweet from Mike Pence from back in 2015: Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional. — Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015 She then added a Biblical quote, challenging his hypocrisy: And now he is saying nothing against the [Read More…]

SBL Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology Statement on Immigration

From the Society of Biblical Literature’s “Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology” program unit: Statement on the recent U.S. Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” We, the steering committee of “Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology” of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and “Methods of Historiography in the Study [Read More…]