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Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

Beware 21-st century snake oil

March 19, 2020

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We’ve heard the stories of pandemic nobility: The Italian Air Force boosts its nation’s morale as it drapes the sky with a smoky flag; balcony-bound Italians sing their national anthem; an opera singer serenades his neighborhood — again, from a balcony — and a Spanish fitness instructor leads exercises from a roof. Churches cancel worship; […]

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Great vibes in harsh times

March 15, 2020

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I’ve found three scenes of encouragement in these eerie times.

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My church won’t meet Sunday, Praise God

March 14, 2020

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We are … called to love our neighbors, and in a time like this one of the most loving things we can do is reduce the chance that this virus will spread.

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Dream memo to Jerry Falwell, Jr.

March 13, 2020

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Please be quiet. Stop embarrassing us.

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Inexpert Pandemania

March 12, 2020

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The growing Coronavirus/COVID-19 scare makes me wistful for the innocence of my California childhood, when teachers at West Covina’s Rowland Avenue Elementary School ordered us baby-boomers under our desks in duck-and-cover rehearsals for a Russian thermonuclear attack. They issued their time-honored command (“NO TALKING!”) because, apparently, the commie missiles honed in our whispers. Such is […]

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Trump minions block medical recommendations

March 10, 2020

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A stable genius would normally refer medical issues to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, but President Trump’s brilliance spans beyond international diplomacy, economics, and politics. He and his minions know more than scientists. That’s why they’ve dismissed climate science and, now, clamp down on doctors. Sample a recent Associated Press headline: “Official: White House […]

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Texas-style Coronavirus Safeguard

March 5, 2020

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Texans get the Coronavirus.

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A Lenten Prayer of Confession

February 28, 2020

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What if bank robbers mouthed the usual excuses when asked to express remorse? “But we’d feel guilty,” they’d say, “and guilt brings low self-esteem, and low self-esteem means an unhealthy self-concept.” The proper response: “Nuts to your self-esteem.” In Lent, we stop swallowing pop psychology’s bromides and face ourselves for who we are. We’re sinners. […]

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Elizabeth Warren follow-up

February 26, 2020

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I was too slow on the draw. No sooner did I chide some of Elizabeth Warren’s followers than a friend pinged me: “Look at this Facebook post praising the Democratic presidential candidate,” she said. I read it. I was impressed. I was eager to paste it here. I could display my even-handed fairness. After all, […]

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Are my Warren doubts rooted in misogyny?

February 20, 2020

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Supporters of any candidate must remember: We do not owe your would-be nominee our votes.

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