‘Fighting for our children’

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Mavis Staples. If necessary, you can invent and add an infinite number of verses to this song, and sing it forever. I mention this because that may soon, again, be necessary. So this is a good one to learn, just in case. [Read more…]

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The ‘work ethic’ can be unethical (part 1)

You should always work hard and do your best. This is a moral obligation. That seems reasonable. Who doesn’t think that working harder is better than slacking off? And who could possibly quarrel with something as uncontroversially wholesome as “always do your best”? But it’s misleading —
and morally wrong — in at least two ways. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 135: ‘A billion Samanthas’

LaHaye and Jenkins seem to think that this alien-abduction theory would be comforting to those who settled on it. As though the idea that some alien species had, without warning and without explanation, whisked away two billion people, and might do so again at any moment for all we know, would somehow settle things. As though it would simply make people say, “OK, then, that explains that” and go on with their daily lives. [Read more…]

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[in Just-] spring fundraising

It’s spring, when the world is mud-lucious and the goat-footed balloonman is whistling far and wee. And so it’s time for a spring fundraiser, during which I will be passing the plate for a free-will love offering (or, for those who do not speak evangelicalese, when I’ll be asking for money). [Read more…]

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Speaking truth of the dead

I’m suspicious of the notion that the recently deceased should be spoken of only in terms of “nothing but good” and sweetness and light. Let your yes be yes; call bitter bitter and call sweetness sweet. De mortuis nil nisi verum. [Read more…]

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The Creation of adam

Harmonia Rosales, an artist based in Chicago, has revisited Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. Like Michelangelo’s original, Rosales’ painting leads us to think about what it means to believe that we have been created in the image of God. Both paintings do so, of course, by envisioning God in our own image, which also leads us [Read More…]

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Maybe God isn’t as awful as you think you have to think God is

That’s a terribly uncomfortable place to be, but it’s where millions of white evangelical Christians in America find themselves because it’s where they’ve been taught to believe they are required to be. They wish they could have a faith that better aligned with what their nagging conscience is telling them would be more good, more beautiful, more true, more just, and more loving, but they’ve been taught to believe that such faith is not permitted. [Read more…]

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Trump and Erdogan and ‘a certain kind of consent’

It’s overwhelming. And that’s the dangerous thing. We’re at risk of being overwhelmed. We freeze up, paralyzed, waiting for the next shoe to drop, even as it’s raining shoes. We can be so transfixed by the spectacle of Trump’s implosion that we become spectators — sitting and watching instead of acting, now, to stop him. [Read more…]

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Picking up passengers from coast to coast

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Curtis Mayfield. The Vaughn brothers took the bones of that song and wrote another one. Then John Mayer did too. But no more passive waiting, people. Get ready. Get on board. Tick tock. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.” [Read more…]

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