Peter Laarman: Alisa Roth doesn’t preach, and she doesn’t claim to have all the answers to the dangerous interface between law enforcement and a rising population of mentally ill people who act out in public.
Peter Laarman: The white nationalism of the Tea Party and Trump represents an “authentic” expression of the main spiritual current in American history, which is about subjugation and supremacy and greed.
Peter Laarman: At this moment being “correct” on the history and theology—and feeling guilty about Christianity’s role in supporting Jew hatred—will not suffice.
Peter Laarman: It’s never been truer that even the Devil can quote Scripture for his own purposes.
Peter Laarman: Within hours of the Bee’s wrap, Christianity Today’s headline was bragging that all good Christians (meaning evangelicals) who watched found it “easy” to relate to the winning word.
Peter Laarman: Asking God to guide the nation’s legislators in not aggravating inequality as they re-write the tax code strikes me as a reasonable thing to include in a public prayer.
Peter Laarman: Those who read Loaded will be able to see that the “irrationality” of things like open-carry laws and widespread resistance to gun safety measures become entirely comprehensible when viewed within the overall trajectory of a religiously-infused American Exceptionalism.
Peter Laarman: Let’s try this simple test. Would a good pastor suck up to presidents and other powerful people, granting them general absolution despite their known crimes?
Peter Laarman: The real scandal here is the spectacle of Democrats still trying to make nice with white evangelical tribalists at the expense of their own stated values and principles.
Peter Laarman: What some call the Trumpocalypse simply reveals more fully the cancer that was already there, that was always there, and that is always and ever metastasizing.
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Peter Laarman: Will Democrats and the liberal establishment throw everything they’ve got against a plan as purulent as this one is, making maximum use of social media and offering a passionate justice-centered critique rather than the usual nerdy inside-the-Beltway talking points?
Panelists will then lean into an interactive discussion of what a fully sane and human alternative model of public safety would look like.