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Does Jesus Love Smog?

February 22, 2018

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Billy Graham was not a leading environmentalist, of course, but his brand of pre-politicized evangelicalism made room for biologists, physicists, and atmospheric scientists. He, along with other evangelicals like Francis Schaeffer, didn’t find them threatening. 

 

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A Living Anachronism Helps Kill Children

February 20, 2018

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Our debate over gun regulation dances around the obvious: The fears and assumptions of a previous century reach into ours, groping like an alien’s fingers until they find us and strangle us.

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Lives Sacrificed On An Altar of Cliches

February 15, 2018

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So here we go again: An assault rifle designed for war is used to snuff out innocent lives. And, again, we feel paralyzed. Our political leaders defy the predominant will of gun owners, let alone the majority of citizens, in their quest to channel the NRA’s cash flow into their campaign coffers.

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Wisdom In An Age of Nuclear Bluster

January 5, 2018

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Hear the sound of stomachs falling at a thunderous rate. Perhaps Donald Trump was bored with peace overtures between the two Koreas on January 2nd, so he fired off yet another infamous tweet: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from […]

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Moderation’s Subtle Allure

December 15, 2017

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Historical evangelicalism in America has been mugged. It lays on the street, bruised and beaten, its pale skin clammy and its blood dripping into the pavement’s cracks. Like it or not, today’s mugger lives with the Alt-Right. That doesn’t mean the Left is nice or even good. It merely means we’ve located the culprit’s lodgings at this juncture.

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Evangelicals Flee The “E” Word

December 11, 2017

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Peter Wehner is scraping off both the evangelical and Republican labels as he marches with the somber, disillusioned throng. Like many, he says he hasn’t changed; but, like many, he’s discovered that evangelicals and Republicans have mutated into zombies of their former selves. The senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, who served […]

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It’s in every corner of the Bible: God loves the downtrodden

August 10, 2017

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Cross-published on the HuffPost. I couldn’t escape. There was no exit. I longed to crawl into a pitch-black cave between chemotherapy sessions while GOP Senate leaders repeatedly hurled their proposals to cut off my Medicaid. I was all brawl at first, but I felt flattened as the dystopian proposals snaked their way through the House […]

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Gotta love those hilarious people at Fox News

June 28, 2017

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As a 60-year-old with incurable cancer — forced out of a career, dependent on disability payments and Medicaid — it’s always good to know someone’s got my back. Take commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, for instance, and her ever-so-compassionate Fox News colleagues.

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Is martyrdom marketable?

December 26, 2014

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Slice another pie and mix up more stuffing. The religious festivals tramp on like salivating cholesterol monsters. The Feast of St. Stephens comes on December 26th, the same date as Boxing Day in the former British Empire and Wren’s Day in Ireland. It’s also the Second Day of Christmas (remember the thirteen-day season) and Rummage-through-the-leftovers Day. Because we can.

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ISIS Sex Trafficking

September 30, 2014

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Haleh Esfandiari is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She describes how the so-called “Islamic State” fills its coffers by sex trafficking, among other things.

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