January 15, 2018

(Credit: Wikipedia) If you don’t get goosebumps listening to the end of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech, you need to check your pulse. Or maybe your soul. It’s a riveting message of hope and aspiration for a future free from the racial divide that plagued America in the middle of the 20th century and continues to plague us today. As a naive, middle-class white kid in the 90s, I thought America was well on its way… Read more

January 12, 2018

(Credit: Wikipedia) The President of the United States is an unapologetic racist. He’s certainly not the first racist President and, sadly, probably won’t be the last. But unlike Presidents in recent memory who, generally speaking, at least publicly made an effort to not appear racist by saying or doing objectively racist things, Donald Trump has made racism the foundation of his presidency ever since the day he first rode down that tacky golden elevator in Trump Tower to announce he… Read more

January 5, 2018

(Credit: Will Clayton, Flickr Creative Commons) I turn 35 in a little over a week or so. It feels a lot weirder to write that than it does to live it. Almost 35 isn’t quite the depressing hellscape I envisioned when I was 16. Don’t get me wrong. Waking up everyday at 6AM, getting fat, and going bald were all a part of my teenage apocalyptic nightmares and they have come to fruition, but now I can eat ice cream… Read more

October 2, 2017

(Credit: James Marvin Phelps, Flickr Creative Commons) Having spent my entire life in the South, I quickly learned something about many of my fellow lifelong Southerners that I didn’t realize until I moved to New England several years ago. Many lifelong Southerners have no sense of New England geography. How do I know? Because any time a tragedy occurred in, say, Boston or New York (which I know isn’t New England, but stay with me here), I immediately received texts,… Read more

September 26, 2017

(Twitter screenshot) As millions of Americans fight for survival on the island of Puerto Rico, Donald Trump continues to stir racial animosity stateside. Not because he actually cares about the flag or the anthem or even patriotism. All Donald Trump cares about is Donald Trump and he (rightly) sees an easy way to score cheap political points by exploiting racial tensions for his own gain. Trump correctly recognizes that patriotism is our national religion and the flag and the anthem… Read more

September 13, 2017

(Screengrab) This morning on Fox & Friends, a show that was once quite literally a running gag on Saturday Night Live, Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress had this to say about the Trump administration’s immigration policy and whether or not Christians should support it… “I mean, Jesus said we’re to love our neighbors as ourselves and that our neighbors are not just people like us, but people different than us,” Jeffress said. “But while Christian compassion is one consideration, it’s not… Read more

September 6, 2017

(Credit: Alborzshawn, Flickr Creative Commons) Last week, the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood released their now infamous Nashville Statement condemning not just the LGBT community as sinners, but their allies as well. According to the signers of the Nashville Statement, in drawing this theological line in the sand, they were simply affirming a central, non-negotionable tenet of the Christian faith. However, as the biblical scholars in this article explain, that is simply not true. Nevertheless, the evil they intended… Read more

September 1, 2017

(Screengrab) By now, you’ve surely heard about the so-called Nashville Statement as well as the surge of opposition it created in its wake. You probably weren’t surprised when the signers of the Nashville Statement refused to either back down from Article X’s damnation of anyone who disagrees with them or apologize for the obscenely tone-deaf timing of the document’s release. And you may be thinking to yourself, “I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this feels like deja… Read more

August 23, 2017

(Source: Twitter) In the wake of Donald Trump’s defense of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, there has been such a mass exodus of advisors, that his Manufacturing Council, Strategy & Policy Forum, and Arts Commission have all been disbanded. Noticeably absent from that exodus, have been members of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board. In fact, only 1 then current members has resigned, while the rest have either refused to publicly condemn Trump’s comments or have brazenly defended them. Among… Read more

August 17, 2017

(Credit: Wikipedia) Last weekend, white supremacists, Klan members, neo-Nazis,  and other “very fine people,” carried their tiki torches across the University of Virginia campus and rallied around a statue of Robert E. Lee in protest of its removal. In the wake of that march and the violence that followed the next day, there has been rapidly growing demand from the public that all Confederate memorials be removed immediately from public spaces. As a historian, I have to respectably disagree with… Read more

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