Police again foiled in their quest for a bloodbath, will try again tonight


Perhaps there’s some other explanation for the tactics and strategy employed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, but I can’t imagine what it is. The simplest explanation would seem to be that they are trying to do exactly what it appears they are trying to do: Incite a riot that would provide a pretext for a more violent response. [Read more...]

WeAreN’t helping when we take sides in sectarian violence


Picking sides or defending one side in a sectarian conflict doesn’t alter the overall dynamic and cannot resolve the perpetual cycle of violence. The only thing that can do that is to ensure that religious freedom and other fundamental human rights are not contingent — that they are enshrined in the rule of law, equally, for the majority and the minority alike. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.18)


“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

#Ferguson: ‘Nobody Knows My Name’


James Baldwin: “For children do not like ghettos. It takes them nearly no time to discover exactly why they are there.” [Read more...]

(you can get killed just for living in)

More reflections on the slaying of Michael Brown, from Greg Howard, Steve Thorngate, Kimberly Peeler-Ringer, Mychal Denzel Smith, and Bruce Springsteen. [Read more...]

Gangs of heavily armed white police still rioting, vandalizing in Ferguson


This is a military deployment. Yet there is no foreign army in Ferguson, Missouri — no Taliban, no Republican Guard, no Fedayeen, no Viet Cong. The only people in Ferguson are the citizens of Ferguson — American citizens in their American town. So this is a military deployment against civilians and non-combatants — civilians and non-combatants from their own country. [Read more...]

Teaching values by valuing people: Well done, Raymond Burse


Universities are in the business of teaching and learning. Paying less than a living wage to the custodial staff teaches something. And thus everyone within that community learns something about the meaning of pay, of work, of dignity, of value and of values. [Read more...]

Of bystanders and piety: How Billy Graham is like Henry Miller


It may seem odd to compare the famous evangelist Billy Graham with the infamous novelist Henry Miller. Topic of Cancer is probably not one of the books on the shelf in the Rev. Graham’s study. But a recent interview with Graham’s grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, reminded me of a story about Miller and George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War. [Read more...]