Ted Cruz: “You Suck” – Children Hecklers and the Politics of Parenting

As we get closer to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, political rivals on both sides are increasing their attacks. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders openly doubt each other’s qualifications for becoming president. Ted Cruz questions whether Donald Trump sets a good example for our children.As a parent, I sympathize with Cruz when he asks, “Do you want your kids repeating the words of Donald Trump?”Cruz is pointing to an important aspect of mimetic theory – that we are f … [Read more...]

Trump’s Man Card Is Self-Loathing Hatred

Earlier in the week, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing the “woman card.” It’s a bit hypocrital, don’t you think?I mean, nobody plays the gender card better than Donald Trump. He is the stereotypical male – and he’s loud about it. For Trump, to be male is to win so much that you’ll get sick of winning. He talks down to Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, all while saying, “Oh but the women love me!” Do you remember what he said about Fiorina’s face? “Look at that face. Would anyon … [Read more...]

Let’s Make America Meh

Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again.” Hillary Clinton claims America has never stopped being great. But maybe we should just try to make America meh.Here’s a question, how do we define American greatness? In politics, American greatness is usually described in comparison with other nations. This comparison is part of human nature. As René Girard states in his masterful book on human social dynamics called Deceit, Desire, and the Novel, to be human is to have a tendency “to compare … [Read more...]

The Truth about God and Interfaith Relationships

Can we share God?Because for many of us, God is something that we refuse to share. In fact, human history shows that we will fight over God. God, after all, is truth. And we all like to think that we hold the Truth. But what happens when others claim that they hold the Truth about God? We get caught in a rivalry, even killing over who possesses the Truth.But believing that we hold the truth about God is to turn God into an idol. That’s because we don’t hold the truth about God. None of us … [Read more...]

Jesus Was Killed For National Security Reasons: Good Friday, Fear, and Muslim Surveillance

Why was Jesus killed?There is no more important question to ask on this Good Friday. Christians have come up with many answers throughout the last 2,000 years. Some of those answers claim that Jesus was killed by the Father to assuage His wrath or reclaim His honor in the face of human sin.But that’s the wrong answer. Jesus wasn’t killed to appease God. Jesus was killed because he was a threat to national security.That’s the answer that the Gospels give. The great religious and polit … [Read more...]

The Subversive Politics of Palm Sunday

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Politics refers to “the affairs of the city” and “influencing other people on a civic or individual level.” Throughout his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus was political. He influenced people to live into the politics of the Kingdom of Heaven. For Jesus, Heaven is not essentially some place off in the distance where you go after you die. No, Heaven is a way of life to be lived right here, right now. We see this clearly in the prayer he taught his di … [Read more...]

The Real Reason Senate Republicans Are Blocking the Supreme Court Nominee

President Obama recently announced his nominee to fill the seat left vacant on the Supreme Court after the death of Antonin Scalia. By all accounts, Obama's pick is a politically safe choice in a Republican controlled Senate. Merrick Garland is known as a moderate, so much of a moderate that many Progressives are criticizing him as, “an extraordinarily disappointing choice.”I don’t know much about Garland, but I have no problem admitting that I think he’s adorable. I mean, after Obama introdu … [Read more...]