The praying hands prey with deliberate cunning

Some Thursday night linkage, including: Glenn Beck is worried about the Black Problem; Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill Cosby; the hidden curriculum of housekeeping wages; the ghosts of the Satanic panic; and G-L-O-R-I-A in excelsis at the Vatican. [Read more…]

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You can fight City Hall (but if you take them to court, they get lawyers, too)

Fighting City Hall doesn’t automatically make you the Good Guy. But it doesn’t automatically make you the Bad Guy, either. Which kind of story is this one? Which kind of lawsuit is this one? Is City Hall the Good Guy or the Bad Guy in this case? Well, here’s what happened. [Read more…]

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Pardon the way that I stare

The Cage, but no Kirk, plus some Thursday links and musings, including: Anti-abortion groups get on board defending pregnant workers’ rights; a judgmental condemnation of judgmental stereotypes of Christians; congrats to Ian Ebright; and more egotistical index-skimming — here and on distant planets. [Read more…]

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I thought I was going to Heaven, now it’s very hard to tell

Some Friday morning links and observations, including: Always give yourself all 5s on employee self-evaluations; how complicated schedules simplify wage theft; James McGrath wants to know if the Winchester boys are worth his time; unpaid exercise is nice work if you can get it; and why I’m happy to know that “desecration of a venerated object” is illegal here in Pennsylvania. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (9.1)

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…]

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Labor Day Scenes from the Class War

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read more…]

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Scenes from the Class War

“Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” [Read more…]

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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…]

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