Posted in Analysis Reparations

Ancient Christian thinkers made a case for reparations that has striking relevance today

Particularly notable is the fact that Tertullian makes the case for reparations to be paid to the descendants of the Israelites who had been forcibly enslaved centuries earlier. by David Lincicum, University of Notre Dame Sunday,…

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Posted in Op/Ed Politics Religion

Christians as dangerous good Samaritans

Honest Christians must unapologetically assert that Jesus’s message is totally at odds with society’s dominant culture. by Gary Olson Lately, I’ve been musing about religion and politics. And more specifically, the thought that keeps recurring to…

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Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Religion The Conversation

How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of ‘good vs. evil’

A QAnon supporter waiting to see Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania. Rick Loomis/Getty Images by  Paul Thomas, Radford University Tuesday, October 20 In front of a TV audience on Oct. 15, President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Right Wing Militias The Conversation

Plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor grew from the militia movement’s toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths

by John E. Finn, Wesleyan University The U.S. militia movement has long been steeped in a peculiar – and unquestionably mistaken – interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. This is true…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke White Privilege

White Christian Privilege

by Wade Rathke October 3, 2020 Atlanta   As always, there are things you know, things you think you know, and then the dreaded assumptions that mask as both, but are neither. It’s those assumptions that…

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Posted in Analysis Religion The Conversation

Sacred violence is not yet ancient history – beating it will take human action, not divine intervention

Pope Urban II giving marching orders ahead of the First Crusade. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images by  Michael A. Vargas, State University of New York at New Paltz Along with their swastikas borrowed from Nazi Germany,…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Religion The Conversation

Jerry Falwell Jr. will leave behind a very different legacy from his influential father

by   Richard Flory, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Jerry Falwell Jr., son and namesake of the founder of the evangelical Moral Majority movement, has resigned as president of…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Religion Republicans The Conversation

What makes Donald Trump and John Wayne heroes of the Christian Right?

by  Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Calvin University August 27, 2020 The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work. The big idea   White evangelical support for Donald Trump has long puzzled observers. To…

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Posted in Authoritarianism  Democracy Op/Ed The Conversation

Trump’s use of religion follows playbook of authoritarian-leaning leaders the world over

by Laura R. Olson, Clemson University Sunday, June 7 It was a striking moment: Donald Trump, Bible in hand, posing for photos in an apparent moment of political theater made possible by the dispersal of protesters…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

Religious Nationalism

Pearl River   This whole thing about religious opposition to the stay-at-home orders and the social distancing can sometimes seem a head scratcher. In central Louisiana a minister already noted for refusing to call postponement of…

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