Postcards from the class & culture wars (4.13.17)

“Yes, the strong gets more while the weak ones fade. Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade. Mama may have, Papa may have, But God bless the child that’s got his own.” [Read more…]

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And I dreamed I was dying

Another manufactured-housing community, another irresponsible landlord, another 49 families facing eviction and displacement. Same story, different day. Plus: Garry Wills on evangelicalism; the chemistry of Trump’s America; alt-right Warnkes go after Guy Fieri; and A.Q. Smith does a pretty good Ron Sider impression. [Read more…]

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Why we can’t have Nice Things (cont’d.)

I still retain my evangelical impulse to look at any massive social injustice and think: We need another Great Awakening. We need revival, repentance, and conversion to a new way of life. But when that thought comes to me now, I don’t invest much hope in it. [Read more…]

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Why we can’t have Nice Things

Want single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care? So do I, and so does a majority of the American public. But a big chunk of that public will stop wanting this for themselves if getting it means that people of color have it too. So that desirable, necessary goal will remain elusive and impossible until we change that. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“It is foolishness and a public madness to fill the cupboards with clothing and allow people who are created in God’s image and likeness to stand naked and trembling with cold, so that they can hardly hold themselves upright. Yes, you say, he is cheating and he is only pretending to be weak and trembling. What! Do you not fear that lightning from Heaven will fall on you for this word? …” [Read more…]

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Sanctuary and ‘civil disobedience’ (part 2)

This is the difference between Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman. Parks effectively and strategically practiced civil disobedience. She broke an unjust law, submitting to her arrest and prosecution, and thereby helped to spark a public debate and a mass movement that ultimately changed and corrected that unjust law. Harriet Tubman broke an unjust law — many unjust laws — but she was compelled not to get caught doing so, for her own sake and for the sake of those she rescued. [Read more…]

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Or driven to its knees

Guess what, all those phone calls and town halls and protests against the awful, awful “Trumpcare” bill? They worked. Well done, folks. Also: Trump’s budget wants to cut LIHEAP; the CFPB ain’t dead yet; what flat-earthers are on about; and YNATKC. [Read more…]

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The audacious claim that we are not shaped by history

Every facet of white evangelical Christianity as it exists in America today is based on this unspoken belief. It is the bold claim that defines the tradition, the bedrock of everything that white evangelical Christianity is and strives to be. That claim is this: Hundreds of years of slavery and a century of Jim Crow oppression had no effect on the shape of American Christianity.

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