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A Muslim Comedian’s Search for Belonging in America

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King—a new Netflix comedy stand-up special—is a series of stories held together by a common thread: a search for belonging while caught between two cultures. Minhaj is the American-born child of Indian immigrants, and a comic perhaps best known for his comments at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He was raised by his dad for the first eight years of his life.…  [more]

A Christian Vote for Donald Trump in 2016

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series offering endorsements for the four major candidates in the U.S. presidential election. We ask that comments refrain from inflammatory language and personal attacks. Come January, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will occupy the White House. I’ll be voting for Donald Trump because I’m a Christian. Paradoxically, some have said they will never vote…  [more]

A Christian Vote for Jill Stein in 2016

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series offering endorsements for the four major candidates in the U.S. presidential election. We ask that comments refrain from inflammatory language and personal attacks. Will 2016 be the year of the third-party candidate? Mainstream candidate favorability is at a historic low, leaving many voters prepared to cast a vote for someone outside of the Republican and…  [more]

Colin Kaepernick and Christian Protest

Explaining why he has been refusing to stand for the national anthem at the start of the NFL’s preseason games, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick offered this: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the…  [more]

A Christian Vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series offering endorsements for the four major candidates in the U.S. presidential election. We ask that comments refrain from inflammatory language and personal attacks. For years I’ve resisted going public with election endorsements. As someone who teaches political science for a living, political independence has always been important to me. I encourage my…  [more]

Obama’s Pardons

President Barack Obama now holds the record for the single most generous grant of executive clemency in United States history. On Aug. 3, he bested Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1935 record by commuting the sentences of 214 federal prisoners, mostly nonviolent drug offenders who received unduly harsh sentences as a result of outdated “mandatory minimum” standards. That brings his career total to…  [more]

Are You Voting Christianly or Christendomly?

Kudos to believers who strive to vote like Christians. Some do so by electing candidates who best represent the Christian values they cherish most. Others do so by electing candidates whose overall approach to government they believe best serves the good of all. By voting in these ways, believers attempt to love and seek the peace of their neighbors. Unfortunately, many people who are attempting to vote Christianly…  [more]

Praying for the police

The day I spent riding shotgun in a cop car is one I’ll never forget. It wasn’t so much the thrill of going on calls, the wailing of the siren or “booking ’em.” (Besides, I’m pretty sure only one person was booked that day.) The real marvel was in watching my big brother do the work he’s called to do. My brother and I haven’t lived near one another since he joined the…  [more]

The pretense of lesser evil voting

Evangelicals are rapidly endorsing Donald Trump, who seemed anathema to them only months ago. In their mind, he represents the “lesser of two evils.” Sure, he’s not very moral, he’s politically inexperienced and he routinely alienates minority groups and women, but “crooked Hillary,” to use Trump’s words, is considered much worse. I wonder whether Christians have any…  [more]

Why I marched in Dallas

Last week, for the first time, I ran for my life. I was marching in a Black Lives Matter vigil and protest in Dallas, Texas, organized by the Next Generation Action Network. The protest was designed to call attention to the systemic racism that has led some police officers across the United States to brutalize people of color and escape conviction. I was motivated to join this, my first protest, not out of hate for…  [more]

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