Archive | January, 2017

Albright to Trump: Nuts to your refugee scheme

January 27, 2017

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President Trump’s race to upend American ideals in the name of patriotism is achieving a cheetah’s speed. Remember that phrase, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”? Forget it. He’s maneuvering to cut the refugee flow.

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Praying for Trump as we resist

January 22, 2017

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Mea culpa. John Piper John Piper and I sing a different theological song, so I naturally assumed we’re in political disharmony. After all, the chancellor of Minneapolis’s Bethlehem College and Seminary is as Calvinist as they come. Not only does he agree with the 16th-century Reformer’s take on predestination, he relishes it. I’m an Arminian, […]

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Everyday bravery for civil rights

January 16, 2017

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We all know, of course, that Martin Luther King, Jr., did not go it alone. The day named after him really commemorates a host of people of whom we barely hear. Real off some of the famous names: Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Bayard Rustin (the March on Washington’s organizer). And then […]

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Let’s slam a hero and an entire city this weekend

January 15, 2017

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Insulting Congressman Lewis stands on par with calling John Glenn a wuss.

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Go for it, Senator Rubio

January 12, 2017

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I’ve shouted a question to the wind: “What would GOP senators say if a Democratic president-elect cozied-up to a former KGB agent and Russian dictator?” Several actually display concern, especially Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. And throw in Marco Rubio. The Florida senator shined bright in a confirmation hearing […]

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A last glimpse of a classy guy

January 11, 2017

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I felt pathos on January 10. Our nation heard eloquence and saw class, dignity, and poise bundled in a farewell speech. I’m already nostalgic in the face of a creepy future filled with belligerent tweet storms from a philandering, dictator-friendly, fact-denying president with microscopically thin skin. Hear the cracks of arctic and Antarctic ice amid […]

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You’ll be missed, Nat Hentoff

January 9, 2017

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Why would a Bible-thumping holy roller like me mourn the loss of left-wing, self-described “Jewish atheist” Nat Hentoff, the Village Voice columnist and author who died recently at 91? Maybe it’s because he loved jazz. Maybe it’s because the Bible favors the poor and “the least of these.” Maybe it’s because he slammed all group […]

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I killed the dinosaurs, and I feel bad about it

January 6, 2017

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“The Journey of the Magi” (1894) by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French painter and illustrator, 1836-1902), oil on canvas. I’m an artist at self-accusation and remorse. Accuse me of anything – lust, greed, pride, gluttony, laziness, work a-holism, launching the Vietnam War, bombing Pearl Harbor – and I’ll plead sweat-riddled guilt. It seems this day […]

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Revelation in a hospital

January 4, 2017

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It seems we live in a society “stripped of grace,” as Miroslav Volf noted in 2004. Callousness is a strength; compassion is a weakness; we all stand or fall as isolated individuals, at war with an untrustworthy and hostile society. Welcome to the moral and spiritual dystopia. Such a vision turns a blind eye to […]

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