Thu, 26 February 2015
The challenges to President Obama's patriotism is only the latest of startlingly personal vitriol. Everything from attacks on his citizenship to criticism of his children has become increasingly pointed.
Perhaps it is time to put aside political nicety and state the obvious. The hatred is not the result of policy anger or political fury. That anger and that fury don't cause the hatred. They come from it.
That hatred has a source more deeply rooted in a sad tradition.
Mon, 23 February 2015
Just a short time ago, Republicans filibustered everything, and Democrats protested.
Now, news outlets can report that Republicans want to end the filibuster, while Democrats are willing to use it. It fits nicely into the new journalistic ethic of balance over documented fact. It also fits the pox-on-all-houses sub-narrative that appeals to a cynical public. Everyone is a hypocrite, and balance is maintained.
Do mainstream outlets have it right this time?
Wed, 18 February 2015
The dreary pattern is repeated again. In an unguarded moment, bigotry is made public.
A public official now insists he is not a racist.
We can learn from racism. What we can learn more from that denial, might be a more valuable lesson.
That lesson might be about us.
Tue, 17 February 2015
A minister who fled for his life from South Carolina established a church in Buffalo, New York.
That church, the name of a South Carolina Judge, and the loss of a civil rights case, all join to tell us much of America's racial history.
They also intersect to explain the trajectory of today's Republican Party.
Tue, 10 February 2015
Between 700 and 800 Palestinians were massacred by Lebanese Christian militias. Ethnic Tutsi were killed with the active participation of Christian churches.
It would be immoral to blame the Christian faith for these horrible acts.
Why do so many have so much difficulty extending the same basic fairness to members of all faiths?
Thu, 5 February 2015
Ringleaders of terrorism hope to attract new followers by claiming to represent the only true form of Islam.
Anti-Muslim bigots attack Muslims by claiming that terrorists represent true Islam.
Terrorists provide the propoganda. Bigots provide the echo.
They are unexpected bedfellows, speaking the same words, joining in the same message.
Extremists have become partners in a communion of hatred.
Tue, 3 February 2015
When Mike Huckabee says that he can be friends with gay people.
Sounds good, enen if it is in the same sense that Jesus was friends with tax collectors who extorted far beyond the taxes they sent on to Rome.
He also groups gay sexuality in with swearing and visiting the corner bar after work. That could be a twenty first century way of restating the way the Apostle Paul grouped gay sexuality in with gossip and kids disobeying parents.
I don't agree that being gay equates with any violation of spiritual law, but I at least understand it.
But God doesn't like classical music? Or ballet? Seriously?