Jeffrey MacDonald reports on an interesting development: left-of-center religious groups invoking religious liberty much as right-of-center groups have in recent years. A church wants to install solar panels despite the objections of a local historic district commission; elsewhere, groups serving the homeless are looking to faith-based partners to protect their ability to do so. The story provides a lens on the classic questions about what counts as religious exercise and who decides. Yet it’s a little odd that MacDonald’s framing takes as given this very recent use of the term “religious liberty”—more strategy than principle, an argument to advance a cause.
Politics & Society
It's not new for politicians to talk a lot about American jobs. But their nationalistic fervor is troubling.
The "traditional family" used to provide stability and comfort. Was it all an illusion?
Twenty years ago this week, President Clinton signed a bill that replaced the federal government’s traditional cash welfare program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, aka welfare-to-work. Has this been a success? That depends on your criteria, on what it is you want a welfare program to do.
Does the use of drones meet just war criteria? That depends on how you define your terms.
“White privilege is your history being taught as a core class and mine being taught as an elective,” wrote a tumblr user in February of 2014. This claim illustrates how education sins in its ignorance. Latin American liberation theologians taught that sin consists not only of personal misdeeds—it is also embedded in social structures that promote harm and inequity.
The pastor urged his congregation to sign a petition backing antigay legislation. Clare Byarugaba knew she wasn't the only gay person there.
Need a book to replenish your political and spiritual imagination this election season? I recommend Adrienne Rich's Collected Poems.
Bacevich provides another case of the fraught dream of managing history that Reinhold Niebuhr critiqued.
Over the past five years, migrants and refugees have flowed into Europe in unprecedented numbers. Some are converting to Christianity.