or almost ten years now, the folks at Sojourners and other progressive evangelical outfits have been reminding us that “budgets are moral documents.” All well and good. I agree. But I will add that tax systems are at least as revealing, perhaps more so, when it comes to the ethical bearings of any state or […]
Peter Laarman: Hay had what every successful fraudster needs, which is the capacity to lie boldly and never turn back.
Peter Laarman: As many Black pundits and activists have been pointing out, we have arrived at a real moment of truth for white people, specifically for white liberals, many of whom seemed fairly oblivious to the ugly reality of persistent white supremacy until Charlottesville exploded.
Peter Laarman: In a realpolitik moment, Saperstein observed that what any religious freedom ambassador can expect to accomplish often depends on other moving parts within government.
It goes without saying that the insurance companies and health providers are totally free to suck out your blood.
awyer-approved CIA torture, “renditions” to other state torturers, mechanized assassination-by-drone (with many thousands of innocents collaterally killed), bloody and chaotic regime change premised on falsified intelligence, the moral injury suffered by soldiers in America’s interminable twilight wars, what the liberators saw in the Nazi death camps, the ongoing legacy of American lynching: these are all […]
Peter Laarman: Without any flag waving on my part (and I do expect many of this year’s July 4 celebrations to be jingoistically repellent beyond belief), I want to propose that there is still a way forward for this country: an alternative to the descent into raw tribalism.
Peter Laarman: With Pride month upon us, I want to call out what should be recognized as the Gay Shame in the persistence of so much racism—and classism—within the “community.”
I invite you to listen to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick and tell me whether or now you hear the traces of effective evangelism in her voice and in her overall pitch.
Does Brooks not know, for example, that the American Revolution was in large part an effort by the Southern colonists to preserve the institution of slavery against rising anti-slavery sentiment in Britain?
Peter Laarman: While billionaire fascination with charters is well worth exploring and exposing, the steady advance of state-level schemes to fund religious education using taxpayer funds barely breaks the surface of media attention.
Peter Laarman: For just a minute, Trump channeled Jesus in painting a picture of an America where there was universal child care, family leave, women’s health, clean air and clean water. But that was just for a throwaway minute.
Peter Laarman: One imagines that President Trump might actually have had a go at prayer on the eve of yesterday’s breakfast appearance.