(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...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.29)

David Simon on theodicy and the Yankees; Dahlia Lithwick on execution by torture; Nick Hanauer on why plutocrats should support a new New Deal; Bethany Stolle on being marked in ministry; and “The Seven Types of Modern American Bigots.” [Read more...]

A good joke can change the world


I have always believed that a good joke can change the world. Now we have proof that it’s true: “Office Space helped rid the world of ‘flair.’” “About four years after Office Space came out, T.G.I. Fridays got rid of all that [button] flair, because people would come in and make cracks about it,” [Mike] Judge recently [Read More...]

Tears for the perpetrators. Anger at the victims.


Those first two sentences cut to the heart of the matter: “Tears for the victims. Anger at the perpetrator.” That provides the basis for a very simple test for whether we’re opposing evil or abetting it. Who are we angry at? Who are we crying for? [Read more...]

Obama also did not create a religious exemption permitting discrimination on the basis of race or sex

Photo by Man vyi via Wikimedia Commons.

The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, who blogs at An Inch at a Time, wound up changing her plans for the weekend when she was invited to attend Monday’s White House signing ceremony for President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LGBT employment discrimination for government contractors. Russell was one of many religious leaders present at the ceremony. Obama’s executive order [Read More...]