White evangelicals and immigration

AP photo from Dave Martin. Click the pic for the link.

Molly Worthen’s New York Times article on white evangelical support for immigration — “Love Thy Stranger as Thyself” — summarizes most of the reasons why I see this as a hopeful, and perhaps very important, development. At the same time, Worthen’s report ably illustrates many of the reasons that hopefulness is a bit qualified and tenuous. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

BossPoliticians

A long due apology from an ex-ex-gay; still waiting for a non-sectarian argument against equality; “you need to work on your marriage;” a forceful endorsement of amnesty for immigrants; wearing pants as an expression of “hostility;” doctors favor more access to health care — even for women; “Nazism, Communism, Marxism and all the ‘isms.’” [Read more...]

Carding people who walk into church

Photo by Roland Tiangco, filched from Printeresting.

Yes, Dolan — a bishop and cardinal in his church — decided that an analogy about cleanliness and purity rules was a good description of Jesus’ message. Dolan seems to think that the Gospels’ repetitive, relentless theme of Jesus’ unconditional embrace of the unclean somehow means that we should do the opposite. [Read more...]

More on what civil disobedience can and cannot do

parks

Civil disobedience can be a powerful tool for challenging unjust laws. It can be, and sometimes has been, the moral obligation of citizens committed to justice for all. But not every injustice lends itself to being addressed by civil disobedience. And even more importantly, civil disobedience cannot be made to work in defense of injustice. [Read more...]

‘I was a stranger’

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” [Read more...]

Dreams, actions, and DREAM actions

Radley Balko: “That Big Thing Everyone Is Talking About Today“ The president said that if you were brought to this country at a young age, by no choice of your own, which is to say that if the United States has been your home for as long as you can remember … we will no [Read More...]

Deporting the best and the brightest

Two recent stories that I find equal parts confounding and infuriating. First, from Raw Story/Reuters, “Miami students rally for valedictorian facing deportation“: A judge on Monday denied a green card request by Daniela Pelaez, an 18-year-old who was born in Colombia and brought by her parents to the United States when she was four. Her [Read More...]

‘Resident Alien’ bishop supports rights of immigrants in Alabama

William H. Willimon may be best known as the co-author, with Stanley Hauerwas, of Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. Love it or hate it (I loved it, mostly), that’s a book that requires readers to contend with what it has to say. The main point there being, roughly, that Christianity took a wrong [Read More...]


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