Rev. Peter Laarman: This fight is about much more than who owns our history and who gets to write it. It’s about a perceived threat to a civil religion that requires a white-washed history in which white Americans make “mistakes” but in which good always prevails.
Peter Laarman: A recent opinion piece scolds fellow progressive Christians who suffer from an inability to invite a “healthy dialogue” on controversial issues. There’s certainly some truth to that, but there’s a far more consequential problem in progressive Christian circles.
Peter Laarman: The question that puzzles and vexes me is why so few U.S. faith leaders are stepping out and talking on their own about the astonishing degree of corruption and connivance that makes the lives of so many millions so miserable.
Peter Laarman: Given that he has such a very long record in public life (a history that includes his association with segregationist legislators, attacks on school busing, and his shameless treatment of Anita Hill), Joe Biden is just about the last person who should be talking about fighting for the soul of the nation.
Peter Laarman: I’m a preacher and I can say with near certainty that 99% of the sermons preached yesterday morning didn’t get close to the level of truth-telling that’s needed. Nor will the compulsory “thoughts and prayers” pronouncements, nor the words spoken at memorial services over the next days and weeks.
Peter Laarman: He begins with a chapter explaining how so many white people, including Mr. Lincoln, could be staunchly anti-slavery while remaining shamefully anti-Black.
Peter Laarman: what bowled him over when he turned to the Greek was just how very strange and even repellent the early Jesus followers must have been.
Peter Laarman: But by now it is painfully clear that far too many white Protestants are willing to throw both law and reason overboard for the sake of preserving straight white male supremacy.
Peter Laarman: Everyone in the auditorium on today could smell the bad faith in the comments of supervisors Barger, Hahn, and Ridley Thomas.
Peter Laarman: On cost and on relative performance, less than half of charter school kids actually do better academically than children served by regular schools.
Trump Satan — Peter Laarman: Far too many of our self-anointed progressive saviors speak as though Trump’s overthrow will make everything good again.
Peter Laarman: There was no “ethical dilemma” here for the networks. As Princeton’s Eddie Glaude said on MSNBC, the ethical imperative here was to deny giving critical aid and support to a congenital liar and manipulator.
Peter Laarman: Although he quotes Hamilton and Madison on their fear of “tumult and disorder” and their contempt for the “fickleness and passion” of the common people, Baker does not seem to grasp just how anti-democratic these periwigged white men really were.