Scenes from the class war (5.25)

“But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” [Read more…]

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That time I was the evil opposite of Neoliberalism

I was supposed to learn what “Neoliberalism” means back in the early 1990s, in seminary. Alas, I stopped reading that book on page 51 when I came across the author’s example of the epitome of all that Neoliberalism opposed. That turned out to be, well, me. [Read more…]

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That rug really tied the room together

When a New Jersey school board member posts Facebook diatribes railing against immigrants and saying “America needs to get rid of people like you,” the main problem isn’t that she’s being “offensive.” The main problem is that she’s forcefully declaring that she is unwilling and unable to serve the students and families in the school district. Also: A “top evangelical school;” biblical dudehood; killing a neighborhood for profit; and “Mercy Ministries” is neither merciful nor a ministry. [Read more…]

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Relitigating the Golden Rule

Protect religious groups you admire by protecting religious groups you do not admire. Otherwise you’re just trying to find a loophole in the Golden Rule — trying to compel others to do unto us as we would have them do while exempting ourselves from any obligation to do unto them as they would have us do. And that’s not good. [Read more…]

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I hate this sunless Saturday

Anyone knocking on the door, like Cornelius, and saying, “I am one seeking the grace of God to travel with you in God’s service together” should be welcomed. Let’s hope the archbishop sees the larger implications of that. Also: Getting the lead out; imagining a better approach to incarceration; and hospitality and rebirth in an Italian village. [Read more…]

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The Revolution is just a T-shirt away

Voting isn’t supposed to be about “providing me with indulgence and satisfaction.” It’s not a self-affirming consumer choice or a narcissistic performance of moral superiority. It’s about taking responsibility, not avoiding it. Also: Record-setting heat sets stage for claims of global cooling; a personal testimony; and the breakfast of champions. [Read more…]

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Don’t let the rain make you unhappy

“An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller has been awarded a Pulitzer prize. This is correct. If you haven’t read it, go read it now. Also: UC Davis and the Streisand effect; trespassing vs. civil disobedience; James Dobson worries about demographic purity; and a pop-music artifact that makes me smile. [Read more…]

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What if we learned about the Bible from the people who got it right?

The victims of injustice tend to have a far better theological track record than the defenders, perpetrators, and beneficiaries of it. We should try learning from them for a change. Perhaps it would be better to learn about the Bible from the people who got it right than to continue learning about the Bible from people who insist on getting it wrong. [Read more…]

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