In Memoriam: Dr. Vincent Harding

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Dead men make such convenient heroes. They cannot rise to challenge the images we would fashion from their lives – Carl Wendell Himes Jr. The esteemed historian, scholar, and civil rights and peace activist Vincent Harding passed away at the tender age of 82 this past Monday. Dr. Harding is most famous for drafting Martin […]

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 […]

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 […]

Memo to the Black Church: It’s Not about Religion (necessarily), It’s about Equality

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President Obama’s public declaration of support for Gay Marriage has been called many things by pundits, supporters, and opponents alike; political calculation, foot-dragging, brave, incendiary, too slow, not comprehensive enough, too little too late. Of the many responses towards President Obama, the most frustrating charge has come from circles within the historically Black Church: betrayal. […]

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 […]

Is There No God (or Religion) in Panem?

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The highly anticipated movie, The Hunger Games, based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name, has earned huge box office receipts ($155 million on its opening weekend to be exact). After devouring the novels in the trilogy, reading all three in a span of three days, I must admit that I was one […]

Public Discourse about the U.S. Economy on MLK Day

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Given Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to economic justice, it seems fitting that on his National Holiday, we reflect on the public discourse on economic issues occurring right now in the U.S. Let’s consider a few public statements from recent conversations. In a Today Show interview that you can see here, Mitt Romney claims that […]