Safeguarding the Institution from Revolution

Safeguarding the Institution from Revolution

We are writing because we see great promise in you and in your passion, though misplaced it might currently be. You seem to have a connection among those people directly impacted by injustice that those of us serving the Institution fail to have. We may have even once felt something similar to that passion, though we have seen the need to contain that passion and direct it for the good of the Institution; for from our Institution we derive purpose and identity.

Rainbow in the Word is Water to a Parched Land

Rainbow in the Word is Water to a Parched Land

What I find so refreshing about Rainbow in the Word: LGBTQ Christians’ Biblical Memoirs, edited by my friend Ellin Sterne Jimmerson isthe personal and theological reflections on Scripture though a collection of writers. LGBTQ people are not only our sisters and brothers in Christ; they are our pastors, teachers, theologians, and prophets. Right now the only viable path forward for the church is to listen and learn. Not to do so only creates more harm. 

Hold the NRA Accountable and Stop the Cycle of Mass gun violence

Hold the NRA Accountable and Stop the Cycle of Mass gun violence

And breaking the chain is what we can do this week. The NRA and Ed Gillespie is counting on this uproar fading by October 10. You and I can ensure that they do not go quietly. Starting today and every day this week, we are going to flood Ed Gillespie with calls and emails demanding that he publicly condemn the NRA for their support of unlimited access to guns and for running this ad in support of his campaign. 

What Congress was Doing While Las Vegas was Dying

What Congress was Doing While Las Vegas was Dying

You know how you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when some tragedy happened? I remember what I was doing when I found out about 9-11, when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986, when the Columbine shooting happened, etc. Those events and so many more are embedded in my memory and on my psyche. It is truly instructive to see what Congress is up to regarding preventing gun violence when the deadliest act of gun violence in US history occurred.

Why I am Not Standing for the National Anthem

Why I am Not Standing for the National Anthem

I believe the United States has tremendous potential for good and justice and I have seen it in small ways from time to time. But I refuse to pretend that we are living into that potential with our current leadership. The potential and the reality are, once again, irreconcilable for me. And so I will not stand for it literally or figuratively. 

Virgil Brigman is Back on the Air

Virgil Brigman is Back on the Air

Prisons have the power, and tendency, to lock everyone up first and sort it out later. We refer to this as the “ready-fire-aim” approach. They can hold you in segregation up to 15 working days ‘under investigation.’ Once that time expires it takes a week or so to process you back to population. Add in weekends and holidays and you get 30 days in the hole.

Do All Lives Really Matter?

Do All Lives Really Matter?

In recent years “all lives matter” has been heard as a response to “Black Lives Matter.” At best, it’s a deflection that ignores the problem of racism and absolves the speaker of any responsibility. At worst, it’s code for “shut up and get back in your place.” Do all lives really matter? Of course they do. But we still live in world that doesn’t believe it.

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Advocating for the DREAM Act

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Advocating for the DREAM Act

This is an important week as advocacy begins for the DREAM Act, which will give citizenship to undocumented students who came to the United States as children. Below are three mistakes that too many folks made in 2010 and I hope the current advocates will avoid so that we can finally get a first step towards just and humane immigration reform done.

A Response to the Nashville Statement

A Response to the Nashville Statement

They could have gotten together and decided to make a statement decrying voter disenfranchisement, or mass incarceration, or state-sponsored terror directed towards immigrant communities, or government-sponsored attacks on funding public education – but NOOOO! What’s way more important to these people is that gay people are marrying and they have become powerless to stop it.

My Response to Jeffress and His Take on Romans 13

My Response to Jeffress and His Take on Romans 13

Though Jeffress and other evangelical triumphalists want to ascribe unqualified fealty to the state, they repeatedly do a very poor job of exegeting Romans 13. But Jeffress is unfortunately not alone. Jeffress joins a long line of palace prophets throughout history who have used (abused is more like it) Romans 13 to justify oppression, murder, war, and other human rights abuses. 

It is Terrorism

It is Terrorism

It is terrorism, rooted in centuries of internalized belief and externalized violence that white people and a myth of a white nation are inherently superior, and all people who we deem not "white," especially those with black and brown skin, are not fully human, not fully deserving, and not worthy of full empathy. "Both sides" is garbage. Worse, it is dangerous fuel on the fire of white supremacy.