uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum -- Q. Aurelius Symmachus, 384 C.E.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Actual War on Black People Distracting from Fictional War on Christmas

I feel sorry for the Fox-News War-On-Christmas crowd.
This is normally the season of the year when they foment anger and offense at perceived slights anytime a city renames a Christmas parade a “holiday parade” or anytime retailers dare to remain inclusive with Season’s Greetings banners.
For them, the failure of anyone to use the word Christmas amounts to a “war,” yet the actual gunning down of statistically large numbers of unarmed black men is no real cause for concern.
It is perhaps the greatest sign of privilege that those who continually parrot a narrative of “Christian persecution” based on nativity scenes and holiday cards will bend over backward to excuse the literal war – the actual systematic killing of civilians by increasingly militarized police forces – being waged on poor black communities in our own country.
Continue reading this post on the Unfundamentalist Christians' Patheos blog.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The False Narrative Reality of the ADF

Lots of people have suggested, in response to my review of "God's Not Dead," that it does not present a narrative reality, but rather just an isolated incident that they found inspiring. But the end credits, with a solicitation from the Alliance Defending Freedom, belie any such claim. Here is an infomercial (with Kirk Cameron!) for this organization, complete with just the sort of anecdotal stories suggesting college campuses are all "anti-Christian" or "anti-American," or whatnot. Check out the 19 minute, where some Georgia Tech students complain that they weren't allowed to condemn same-sex marriage. Tell me again this is not the (false) narrative reality of a large group of people. It is.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where Have I Been?

A few comments here recently have noted that it's been a while since this blog has been updated. It's true, and I'm sorry. Here's why.