What You Can Do to Stop trump's Religious Discrimination Executive Order

What You Can Do to Stop trump's Religious Discrimination Executive Order

This week the President is expected to sign an executive order that uses religion as an excuse to permit discrimination. It will likely focus on LGBTQ people and women, but it will also affect those of minority faiths as well as non-theists. It even explicitly sanctions discrimination against people who have sex outside of marriage. Yep, the religious triumphalists have taken over the White House. 

Ten Things Progressive United Methodists Can Do Before the Inevitable Church Split

Ten Things Progressive United Methodists Can Do Before the Inevitable Church Split

Rather than fight over institutional control I think progressives can do much better if they leave and create something that better resembles God’s Kingdom of love, justice, and compassion. To that end here are the ten things progressives should be doing or questions they should be asking.

Journeying to Palestine

Journeying to Palestine

I am writing you with an invitation to partner with me as I join a delegation to Palestine and Israel this May. This unique delegation will focus on human rights issues surrounding incarceration and the political persecution of human rights defenders in the larger context of the ongoing and unjust occupation. Not only is this delegation unique because of its focus, but also because of the commitment required of participants to ongoing advocacy work together.

False Bravado: A Progressive Response to the Syrian Airstrikes

False Bravado: A Progressive Response to the Syrian Airstrikes

What should be the response of progressives to the attack on Syria? So far, what I have seen is the typical liberal response – prayers and pleas for an end to violence that seem directed at no one in particular and will therefore go unheard and unheeded. We should point out that the response of donald trump and his mindless Republican congressional throng is merely false bravado.

Justice Denied: A Progressive Response to the Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Justice Denied: A Progressive Response to the Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

So, now we will be stuck with Neil Gorsuch for a Supreme Court justice. Of course, adopting the “nuclear option” is a dangerous precedent, especially when current Senate Republican leadership has shown so little self-awareness or self-control. But the vote to put Gorsuch on the court is mainly dangerous simply for who Gorsuch is. Gorsuch repeatedly refuses to take into account the context in which legal disputes take place.

Immunity

Immunity

Last week Michael Flynn’s lawyers asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony before Congress for any possible crimes he may have committed before he was nudged out of his position as National Security Advisor in the trump administration. So, with donald trump now in favor of immunity for people who seem to be targets of enthusiastic inquisition, then there should likely be more groups of people for whom immunity should be granted.

Monetizing Human Misery

Monetizing Human Misery

 I was involved in the criminal justice system for almost 10 years. For those 10 years, I probably spent at least one full day a week in Court. It was a parade of human misery and hopelessness in all aspects that was soul numbing to behold. The victims were not going to be made whole and the defendants were not going to receive any rehabilitation that would prevent future offenses. It was a mass churning of humanity for no apparent reason whatsoever except a violation of the law demanded punishment.