Walter Brasch: A few million Americans, led by the jingoistic “take-no-prisoners” right-wing media, defend the holiday by shouting, “Merry Christmas” at everyone from a homeless veteran to strangers at airports to store clerks to business executives.
Science and Religion
Science and Religion
Peter Laarman: In some cities there has been visible conflict between Old Guard pastors (many of whom still identify with the 20th century civil rights movement) and the New Guard of fearless youth, many of whom are not shy about showing contempt for the pastors.
Peter Laarman: I am offering my own time and energy along with my ideas for an effective program to combat Christian-inspired terrorism in these United States. I am ready to step up, and I am most eager to hear what you think.
The Jeremiah Fellowship brings young adult activists together and engages them in Bend the Arc’s social justice campaigns through community-based organizing.
Sikivu Hutchinson: The GOP’s racist, sexist, xenophobic platform of religious extremism has created a climate in which the public rhetoric and apparatus of state violence are in perfect alignment.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While Jonestown as cultural “artifact” is perversely sexy—the object of near necrophilic projection and fantasy—Peoples Temple is a historical stepchild; its legacy an unwelcome reflection of the race, gender and class divide in “New Jim Crow” America.
Steve Hochstadt: As soon as we begin to discuss the earth’s climate, politicians suddenly have very definite scientific opinions. The same kind of scientific inquiry which has produced remarkable advances in our understanding of distant stars and tiny particles is suddenly unbelievable.
Peter Laarman: The chattering classes are all agog to learn from two Princeton economists that white working-class America has been having an even harder time of it than was suspected.
Rosemary Jenkins: This holiday offers the mourners of the dead the opportunity to remember them and to pray for them in order to purify the souls of those who have passed (made the transition) into the next world.
Each week is a continuing chapter exploring a human drama of biblical proportions along with vignettes about other groups practicing manipulation, exploitation and fraud.
Victor Narro: Our unhealthy lives as activists—whether as an organizer, policy advocate, lawyer, or researcher—is impacting the overall health of our movement for justice.
Robert Koehler: Not only is this cheap, bully humor, perpetuating a sense of feel-good superiority, it’s cluelessly Newtonian in a quantum world.
Walter Moss: To a Congress that is often beholden to special interests, including those of rich individuals and corporations, the Pope’s reminder of the need to pursue the common good and the welfare of the poor was a rather pointed rebuke.