Innocent? He was a violent thug — a vandal who threatened to tear down a House of God

Disgrace is a vital weapon for the Powers That Be. It’s their main tool — perhaps even more than physical violence — for ensuring that they remain the Powers That Be. That’s why they thuggify and dehumanize Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin just the same way that Rome thuggified and dehumanized Jesus Christ. [Read more...]

Child refugees reader part 3: Christian voices

Faced with the moral and political test of tens of thousands of child refugees, some Americans are responding better than others. [Read more...]

Child refugees reader part 2: The right-wing freak-out

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“When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” [Read more...]

Child refugees: A reader, part 1

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Here are some excellent articles and resources explaining the basic outlines of the current child refugee situation, its causes, and some possible responses. [Read more...]

Scenes from the Class War

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“Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” [Read more...]

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

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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

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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)

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


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