The language of Christian Nationalism is the language of conquest. America is Israel, the analogy goes; the Promised Land is the North American continent. Just as ancient Israel was given a divine mandate to conquer the land of Canaan, so … Continue reading After the Exile
Back when I was in elementary school in the early 60’s, we started the day with pledging allegiance to the American flag, that is, except for a Muslim kid whose family were members of the Nation of Islam. Although I … Continue reading One Nation, Under God?
This past month has been a roller coaster of exhaustion and anger for many reasons, but there are a few identity pieces that collided this month in such a way that I am still metaphorically brushing off the rubble they … Continue reading Who Is Protected In A Dark Room?
In their book, Taking America Back for God, sociologists Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry define Christian nationalism as “a cultural framework – a collection of myths, traditions, symbols, narratives, and value systems – that idealizes and advocates a fusion of Christianity with American civic life.” Continue reading What’s Unchristian About Christian Nationalism?
As a missionary, I spent 14 summers on Navajo Reservations. These were some of the richest and most memorable experiences of my life. I was fortunate enough to learn of a world that was vastly absent from the history books … Continue reading Shape Shifters
In fact, justice-seeking protests are collective expressions of grief and anger at the callousness of white America. Since European Americans assume grief is to be done in private, many totally twisted the expression of grief in the streets with old stereotypes used to marginalize the legitimate anger of Black folks. Continue reading Church Segregation: A White Supremacist Tradition
Randall Balmer said, “One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U. S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. Continue reading The Immoral Majority: The Segregationist Roots of the Religious Right
More than 4,000 Black people have been lynched in the United States of America, and those states have largely stood united in terrorizing and demonizing Blacks since its inception. These lynchings have been an acceptable part of American society. This … Continue reading America’s Strange Fruit
(In Memory of “The Dreamer,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) By Joel A. Bowman, Sr. There came a man: Martin Luther King.He inspired us with his lofty dream. He dreamed of peace and equality,He repudiated hatred and bigotry. The year … Continue reading There Came A Man