November 3, 2018

Our Twitter accounts are not verified, our Facebook posts do not go viral, and our names are not prominent—but we everyday resisters oppose the president and his accomplices however we can. For the vast and varied champions of the liberal opposition who sometimes feel powerless to make a difference, this pre-midterm pep talk is for you. While some may feel energized in the lead-up to Tuesday, November 6, 2018, it is equally possible to feel dejected in the face of so much ugliness. Read more

February 18, 2018

Donald Trump’s authority model includes profoundly worrying dynamics that scholars identify in cults. The charismatic leader is “essentially a rule of custom or law unto themselves.” They can view elements of a rational/legal model of authority as threats to their charismatic authority, and the pressure to conform to them can create a sense of paranoia in the charismatic leader. Read more

December 18, 2017

I teach Biblical Studies at a small liberal arts college in Birmingham, Alabama. I am a white, middle-aged woman, Christian, married, politically liberal, and a feminist. I am the mother of two teen-aged daughters. I voted for Doug Jones and I ugly-cried tears of joy and relief when he won the U.S. Senate seat on December 12. You should know all these things before you read further; I am not pretending to talk about the Bible, or the white, Christian,… Read more

October 26, 2017

I grew up in a generation that didn’t vote. We had collectively come to the conclusion that our voices would not matter. We knew that the things we cared about would not be addressed in the halls of power. Sometime around 1985 when I was 12 years old, I watched the art community begin to change the minds of a generation. I saw art and music elevate conversations about justice and describe the societal problems that had been ignored. U2,… Read more

June 1, 2017

As it becomes increasingly obvious that the crude, lying, egomaniacal, bigoted, impulsive, anti-science, anti-intellectual, anti-environmental sexual predator anti-Christian that we saw during the presidential campaign is the same Trump we see as president it becomes critical, that we must have a way forward to removing him from office. Clearly the mainstream, liberal, and principled conservative and Christian media have been unrelenting in exposing the deep flaws of this president, yet is this sufficient to get enough Americans to demand that he voluntarily leave… Read more

February 9, 2017

Most of us prefer to hang out with people who share our political views. This is only natural—as they say, birds of a feather flock together. Yet our habit becomes problematic when instead of approaching the “others” as friends who happen to see things differently, we start treating them as enemies. Sadly, in our country, this has become the new norm. On both sides, vitriolic expressions of contempt and disdain, anger and hatred have become commonplace. Read more

January 16, 2017

On this Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, I have a question for my readers, particularly the vast majority of my progressive friends, and that is, “Where is the love?” I ask this in the context of the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the notions of both Imago Dei (we are all made in the image of God) and Matthew 5:43-44, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I… Read more

October 6, 2016

By Matthew Snider.   George Orwell’s monumental political novel, 1984, has been used almost endlessly since it was originally published to impugn administrations, companies, and all manner of authorities that are perceived as too powerful. It’s become such an inextricable part of our cultural vocabulary that it seems difficult to imagine our political conversation if it didn’t exist. But beyond the novel’s warnings about powerful governments and political doublespeak, one quote that has remained with me ever since I first… Read more

June 8, 2016

There’s an easy, but not simple, answer why Hillary Clinton will not win the presidential election against Donald Trump. It’s the same reason she was unable to defeat Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008. The reason? She’s a woman. Before you scoff, consider this. Fourteen years ago today, I lead a team of thirteen and fourteen year old boys to a league championship in one of the wealthiest, most educated counties in the US. I happened to be… Read more

June 1, 2016

In the 1980s and 90s, the American media was dramatically obsessed with documenting the rise and influence of what came to be called the Evangelical or Religious Right, a politico-religious hybrid embodied most publicly by figures like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and James Dobson. Looking back thirty-odd years later, it’s easy to acknowledge that the Religious Right was a last grasp for control by a conservative movement quickly losing ground on social issues. Today, the Religious Right is a graveyard… Read more




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