Is Acceptance of Civil Gay Marriage Now a Litmus Test for the Democrats?

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Yesterday, the White House tapped The Reverend Luis Leon, pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, to give the benediction to President Obama’s second inauguration. Rev. Leon replaces Reverend Louie Giglio, pastor of the Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, who resigned earlier this week after a 15-year old sermon surfaced where he […]

These Neighborhoods Are Our Neighborhoods

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President Obama gave a moving statement in response to the mass murder in Newton, CT. I appreciate the emotion he displayed, who wouldn’t get choked up thinking about the slaughter of innocent children. His teary, yet determined affect expresses the exact sentiment this nation ought to have: a deep sadness at such a senseless tragedy, […]

I Was Jordan Davis (Almost)

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The slaying of Jordan Davis on Black Friday by Michael Dunn has got me contemplating my own mortality lately. But for a few differences, I could have been Jordan Davis eighteen years ago. My story begins at an evening Christmas party for my church youth group in the Tidewater area of Virginia. My friends and […]

How President Obama Killed Primrose Everdeen

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Spoiler Alert: If you have not read the third book in the hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, and you do not want to know a significant plot detail, do not read this blog. The upcoming presidential debate of foreign policy ought to be full of fire and bluster as President Obama attempts to paint Governor Romney as […]

The Irony of American Drone Strikes

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While it may be true that President Obama’s favorite theologian is Reinhold Niebuhr, I wonder if the president has been reading Niebuhr much lately. I ask this because a recently published report jointly conducted by the Standford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (IHRCRC) and the Global Justice Clinic (GJC) at NYU Law School makes startling […]

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 […]