One of the more common charges made against American society in these tumultuous times—even in public prayer—is that we suffer from systemic racism, systemic injustice, systemic police brutality, etc. What is meant, apparently, is that these defects are fundamental components of our national institutions. And furthermore, the underlying charge is that these social, economic or … Read moreSystemic?
Currently, the most-persecuted religious group in the world is the Christian church. A new low was reached the day after Christmas with the release of a horrible video allegedly showing members of ISIS in Nigeria brutally murdering eleven Christian men. The point is not that persecution of Christians is especially evil or repellent, but rather … Read moreMartyrs
What truly is the meaning of the word “racist”? Does criticizing–or simply disagreeing with–someone of a color or ethnic group different from one’s own–merit the charge of racism? Or, do valid definitions of racism proceed from any aggrieved party’s perceptions at a given place and time? Is it possible for someone other than a “white” … Read moreRacism Ascendant?
Who doesn’t love the Dr. Seuss books? They’re particularly delightful to read aloud to children! One of the most fanciful is Horton Hears a Who! in which an elephant hears a cry for help from a speck of dust that, amazingly, contains a whole community of tiny creatures. Ultimately, Horton protects and saves the community … Read moreWHO Will Horton Hear?
If any issue is a hot potato today, a subject that divides people as few others do, it’s the so-called “LGBTQ” (and other variations) Rights. As I write this, the national assembly of one of America’s largest Christian denominations is deliberating the matter—and, regardless of the final vote, strident discord and schism are inevitable. I, … Read moreWhose Rights?