What’s your excuse, baby?

Bystanding

Briallen Hopper addresses this same fearful, noncommittal standing in the middle in a terrific essay at Killing the Buddha called “White People Problems.” Hopper’s first hook involves the recent Facebook-beloved advice column from Andrew W.K., which epitomizes the way that irresponsible timidity gets repackaged as a lofty, above-the-fray, “Third Way.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.16)

Armstrong

Jane Van Galen reads the style pages; Karen Armstrong on good theology; Drew G.I. Hart looks “Beyond the white privilege model;” Emily Bazelon won’t call the police; and W.E.B. Du Bois is still right. [Read more...]

Charisma is trying to get missionaries killed

Crosshairs

Gary Cass is deliberately inciting violence against innocents — Muslim children and families, Sikhs and other frequent victims of “mistaken identity” in anti-Muslim vigilanteism, Christian missionaries in the Muslim world. Charisma is participating in and enabling that incitement of violence. [Read more...]

Charismanews.com goes full-on Hutu radio

3books

Cass and Charisma are not merely “Islamophobic” — this is the language of genocide. This is Hutu radio stuff. Cass is trying to incite violence and Charisma magazine is eagerly amplifying his voice. We’ve heard this before. This is what evil sounds like. [Read more...]

Evangelicals becoming better neighbors (ratchet, ratchet …)

Jiminy

Culture-war Christians are convinced that staying true to their beliefs requires them to “be a jerk about it,” lest they begin to waver in their commitment. And they are convinced that staying true to their beliefs requires them “to make our secular government impose” those beliefs on everyone else. As long as they are convinced of those two things, they can never be good neighbors. [Read more...]

Ratcheting justice

Ratchet_example

It’s certainly possible to make the journey toward justice in the other direction, but it seems rare. There seems to be a kind of ratchet effect. That’s how the Apostle Paul described it, too. “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks,” Paul says Jesus told him on the road to Damascus. Conversion isn’t geared for injustice. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.1)

Jennings

Peter Goodwin Heltzel and Mary McClintock Fulkerson reflect on Willie James Jennings’ “The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.” Sarah Stillman on how the expanding for-profit justice system is becoming a poor tax. Bryce Covert on how opposition to day care helped to create the religious right. [Read more...]

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...]


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