Category: Politics

Why we’re not ready for reparations

The subject of reparations has reemerged after a reporter asked Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders whether or not he would support them if elected. Sanders answered, "No, I don’t think so. First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive.” Sanders’ response irked The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, who…  [more]

It’s time for a Christian consensus on climate change

Over the weekend, nearly 200 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement. After nine years of vigorous diplomatic work and 20 other international meetings, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) ended with the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, saying, “We have truly universal agreement on climate change.” Universal agreement. Of course, now the actual governments represented at the…  [more]

A college parent (and Liberty alum) responds to Jerry Falwell Jr.’s comments on Muslims and guns

Last Monday I received an email from the president of Rice University in Houston, Texas, where our son is attending school. President David Leebron communicated his decision to maintain Rice’s policy of a gun-free campus. This choice was made by exercising the “opt out” provision of a new Texas law passed last spring, which allows individuals with concealed handgun licenses to carry a weapon on…  [more]

Laquan McDonald and the erosion of empathy

I have a bad habit. After reading news articles, I often find myself scanning the public comments that follow. I am aware of the kind of vitriol that is present when people anonymously post their unfiltered thoughts on controversial issues, yet I often read anyway, against my better judgement. However, after witnessing the acrimonious conversation surrounding the shooting of Laquan McDonald, I think I will forego…  [more]

Jesus was a refugee

Jesus was a refugee, along with his mother Mary and father Joseph. They fled their native Israel out of fear for their lives. They were able to return some years later, only after the politics of their homeland changed. Sound familiar? It should. It is happening today, and in the same neighborhood that the Holy Family was from. People there again fear for their lives. The vicious and brutal militants of ISIS are…  [more]

The aggressive exegesis of Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter is not one to shy away from bold, controversial statements. In her latest, Coulter rails against the “evangelical establishment” for its timidity and failure to support the antics of would-be president Donald Trump. According to Coulter, Trump represents “real Christian courage” when he “defend[s] America from destruction by immigration.” According to Coulter,…  [more]

A president, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the hard work of faith

It’s said that in a meeting at the White House, President Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, with the words, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” The account is apocryphal, as no record of such an exchange was recorded until many years later. Nevertheless, the story was handed down by Stowe’s family and…  [more]

Why Protestants should applaud Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

If the attention he's received over the summer is any indication, then Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States is likely to receive a great deal of media scrutiny. Just picture the scene as the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church heads to the highest halls of political power: the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. The pope's visit provides a good opportunity to reflect on the…  [more]

The real question for Christians concerning Kim Davis

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was released from jail this week. An elected public official, Davis had refused to sign marriage licenses in resistance to the United States Supreme Court’s June ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry. When Davis was told to issue the licenses or face contempt of court, she defied the order. She was then put in jail by U.S District Judge David Bunning. Bunning…  [more]

The evangelical idolatry of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is nothing if not polarizing. You can’t just like or dislike the upstart presidential candidate. His unapologetic personality often forces people into the margins of adoration or abhorrence. And among his passionate supporters is a surprising contingent: evangelical Christians This baffles Frank Bruni, who wrote a New York Times op-ed piece entitled “Trump-ward, Christian Soldiers?”…  [more]

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