MLK to Buchanan – Do You Know What Civil Disobedience Is For?

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On January 23, 1979, Pat Buchanan had this to say about Martin Luther King Jr.: To Black Americans and many whites, Dr. King was the essence of everything good about America. To millions of others, not all of them racists, he was something else: the most divisive figure in the century’s most divisive decade. A […]

How Martin Luther King Became a Conservative Cultural Icon

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Forty-five years ago this week (April 4, 1968), Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a single rifleman’s bullet on a balcony at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. At the time of his death, King was considered more social pariah than national hero. A 1966 poll showed that he had a 33% favorable to […]

Earning to Give or Renting Out Your Soul

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William MacAskill, founder and president of 80,000 Hours (an ethical careers advisory service) provided interesting advice for those seeking to “make a difference” in the world. He advises us (I consider myself one who wishes to make a difference) that the best way to make a difference is to earn a lot of money, then […]

American Civil Religion, Babies and Bathwater

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In this post for the Religion in American History blog, Art Remillard asks whether “American Civil Religion” remains a useful construct. Responding thoughtfully to Ira Chernus’ concern that the endless debate on what is the “real” or “true” American civil religion has rendered the term useless, Remillard suggests that if we can purge civil religion […]

Hope 2012 Blogging Relay: Hope is a Communal Virtue

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Melanie Crutchfield was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics to start, “Hope 2012: A Blog Relay,” in which she and a few of her blogging friends would blog about hope and invite others to do the same. I do not know Melanie. Nevertheless, her plan seems to be working as I was invited to participate in […]

Heroism Reconsidered

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Over the weekend, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, became the subject of controversy after making the following statement in a roundtable discussion about the meaning of Memorial Day: Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’? I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate […]

Connecticut and the Death Penalty, a Faith-Based Perspective

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[The following is cross-posted at State of Formation, here.] The forthcoming issue of Practical Matters (Issue 5: Violence and Peace, release date May 4, 2012), features my interview with the Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, the home church of Martin Luther King, Jr. In our extended conversation, entitled […]