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.
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?