Butler President on Immigration

Butler University’s president Jim Danko offered the following statement yesterday: PRESIDENT DANKO’S STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION ON JANUARY 30, 2017 President Danko issued the following statement today (January 30, 2017): Dear Members of the Butler Community, In the wake of the executive order on immigration signed on January 27, I want to reaffirm Butler University’s role [Read More…]

Academics Against the Immigration Ban

There is a petition that all academics are invited to become signatories of: https://notoimmigrationban.com/ I have submitted my name asking that it be added, and I hope that you will do the same if you are a professor. The steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s New Religious Movements program unit issued this statement: The president [Read More…]

Biblical Scholars Stand With Refugees

If it has been disheartening to see the actions of America’s president and his supporters, and the harmful effects on people that those actions have had on refugees and other extremely vulnerable constituencies, it has been encouraging to see so many people of different backgrounds being united in their outspokenness against these policies. I plan [Read More…]

Alternative Heaven

From cartoonist Pat Byrnes. Is any further comment necessary? Is it necessary to point out that the substitution of lies in place of truth is itself already diabolical, and the rebranding of lies as though they were merely a variant form of truth is even more so? [Read more…]

Has Dystopian Literature Prepared You For This?

A friend shared this image on Facebook: It seems to me that in quite a bit of fiction, dystopian and of other kinds, it is the people that you least expect who rise to the occasion, while those you might expect to be well poised to resist equivocate. It is interesting to note that 1984 has become [Read More…]

Donald Trump’s Inauguration: The Twilight Zone Returns

This appeared in the Scottish Sunday Herald TV guide yesterday: [Read more…]

Netanyahu vs. Jesus

There is a long history of uncritical support for Israel among American conservative Evangelicals. Somehow the fact that the prophets criticized ancient Israel for wrongdoing, and that the Bible depicts obedience to God as essential to possessing the land, is lost on them. But perhaps Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent statement will change this. Because now it is not [Read More…]

Rogue One and the Ethics of Empire and Rebellion

“Rebellions are built on hope.” But so too are empires. Yesterday I finally saw Rogue One, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its religious and political themes were especially interesting to me. I won’t try to keep this spoiler-free. The opening phrase in this blog post is a catchphrase of Jyn Urso in the movie, as [Read More…]

The Latest Cabinet Appointments

From Andy Marlette in today’s Indianapolis Star. In all seriousness, the recent appointments by president-elect Trump have me looking on the bright side of what most people I know are simpky viewing as a national if not a global catastrophe. It has long been characteristic of Americans to question the authority and insight of experts, [Read More…]

Immigration and the Changing Face of America at #AARSBL16

I attended a Council for Foreign Relations lunch that was simply fascinating. In a recent survey, Americans were divided almost evenly in their answer to the question of whether America has gotten better or worse since the 1950s. That mirrors the different campaign slogans in the recent election: the backward-looking “Make America Great Again” vs. [Read More…]