Myths We Live By? Voter Fraud & Jim Crow Dead and Gone

A friend asked me the following questions based on my blog post with Tom Krattenmaker on the recent change to the Voting Rights Act:“Should unqualified individuals be allowed to vote? How do you propose to address voter fraud in a way that is more extremely simple and fair as providing qualifying identification?”In response, we first need to ask if voter fraud is really such a big issue requiring enormous legislation, or if it is greatly exaggerated. Here’s what New York University’s Bren … [Read more...]

Aborting Healthcare for the Human Unborn

One of my fears with screening fetuses for diseases and handicaps, among other things, is the desire to abort “unwanted” pregnancies. Please don’t take this as a right or left thing. The commodification of human identity is no respecter of partisan politics. The danger exists that the market will govern the totality of our lives, no matter our political stripe. However, it does not govern the biblical narrative’s emphasis on the sacredness of human identity. To put a spin on Jesus’ words, it is n … [Read more...]

A Healthcare Conundrum? Hip Replacements for the Terminally Ill


What do you do? You are a healthcare administrator and you have to make a decision. You have a patient with terminal cancer who needs a hip replacement. While the hip replacement would increase mobility, the operation would cost untold thousands of dollars. There is also the fear of complications that can result for patients with terminal illnesses. Here's what one study said about a few of the challenges, Advanced cancer, severe cardiac and pulmonary disease, and other disorders that threaten o … [Read more...]

The Voting Rights Act and Post-Racialized America—Can We Vote on That?

By Paul Louis Metzger and Tom KrattenmakerWhy is it that while talk abounds of growing racial diversity in our country, a new wave of voting restrictions is sweeping over parts of the country and falling hardest on minorities? Perhaps there is more than coincidence at play.The Supreme Court’s reframing of the Voting Rights Act to make the individual states responsible for overseeing voting procedures has led many to fear the return of Jim Crow era policies to the country’s polling place … [Read more...]

Beyond Obamacare vs. the Affordable Care Act: Caring for Healthcare Complexities


Jimmy Kimmel recently aired interviews of people who were asked which they preferred and why—Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.  Person after person interviewed and taped preferred Affordable Care Act. As you probably know, the interviews were coordinated to expose people’s ignorance: Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are one and the same.One person interviewed whose ignorance is exposed responds in the affirmative to the question about whether or not a well-informed public is esse … [Read more...]

The Emperor’s Subjects Have No Clothes


Have you read Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Emperor Has No Clothes”? It’s the story of an emperor who loves strutting about in glorious apparel. One day two swindlers come to town and deceive the emperor and his advisors into believing that the two of them can make the most splendid clothes for the emperor from the finest material. However, the thread and cloth is so fine and refined that only those who are sophisticated and wise and those befitting significant positions in society can see … [Read more...]

The Court of Law and the Court of Public Opinion: Before Baby Veronica and Beyond

United States Supreme Court Building

Much has been made this week of the Supreme Court’s decision that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply in the case of Baby Veronica. South Carolina later reversed its earlier decision and returned Veronica to her adopted parents, removing her from her birth father. The Supreme Court's decision is a cause of concern for many in Native communities, not simply Veronica’s Cherokee birth family, in terms of what it may signify for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).What is the Indian Child … [Read more...]