July 27, 2012

People have forgotten… “That the very bones of the United States — the constitution we claim to hold so dear — was crafted by highly educated political idealists of the Enlightenment, who firmly believed that freedom and a more just society are possible only through the actions of an enlightened and educated population of voters.

Frankly, it’s sickening, not to mention dangerous. If the haters, fearers, and political opportunists have their way, they will gut one of the greatest institutions in human history and, in the process, will cut the throat of this country, draining its lifeblood of future creativity.”


Thank you to Angela Zito, director of Religious Studies at NYU and my academic advisor, who pointed to this post, “a great, sobering summary of the magnitude of the decline” of our nation’s relationship to academia.

And thanks to Terran Lane, (formerly) of U. New Mexico, for writing it over at Ars Experientia.

July 4, 2012

Happy 4th! Let freedom ROCK!!

Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner Woodstock 1969

June 20, 2012
In Jesus' Name - Right Hook!

My post today for The Revealer, on the upcoming documentaryFight Churchabout Christian MMA clubs.

The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club.

The second rule of Fight Club is, you talk about Jesus at Fight Club.

No, Brad Pitt didn’t change the script. Welcome to Fight Church, the upcoming documentary about young Christian mixed martial arts fighters.

What does that mean? According to the film’s Kickstarter fundraising page, the documentary “follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric,” or in the words of one participant, “Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?” It’s an exploration of the increasing presence of MMA in evangelical Christian communities and the tension that arises.

Read my full post here.

June 14, 2012
Cooking the Books

A review of “The Revisionaries,” new at The Revealer by Nathan Schradle.

Hovering behind this frustration was my fellow teachers’ common assumption that, in spite of the words “California Edition,” emblazoned along the top of each book, the content of the textbooks had actually been decided in settings far removed from the one in which we taught. Teachers didn’t feel enabled by the textbooks—we felt hamstrung. So I came to “The Revisionaries” with certain expectations. I expected it to give me a deeper and better-informed loathing of the way that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) has managed tooverhaul high school curricula to conform to the standards of a particular brand of hard-line Creationism and political conservatism shared by a small fraction of the population, even in traditionally conservative Texas. It is a testament to the film’s quality and the filmmakers’ perceptiveness that it gave me my anticipated dose of horror, but not at all in the way I’d expected.

Don McLeroy,

Texas State Board of Education member.

Read the full article here.

June 13, 2012
Abraham Lincoln + Vampires = History Lesson?

Earlier this week, David Brooks, in the Times, worried that we don’t build enough impressive monuments, ones that properly project the power of the leader in the manner of Jefferson’s memorial, or Lincoln’s. Brooks thought that big statues might help with what he called America’s “followership problem.” This does not, as one might guess, consist of Americans blindly going along, in awe of the shiny and the rich, without thinking for themselves; quite the opposite. Brooks argues that we don’t defer enough, that we question “just authority” much too much, and aren’t sufficiently “grateful” for the leadership of élites. This seems exactly wrong—the sort of logic that gets you looped up with vampires.

Amy Davidson, “The Vampire History Test,” for The New Yorker.

Could this movie teach Americans something about history and democracy?

June 11, 2012
"Ugh, who got these 47 mustache hairs in my banana pudding? America did. RACISM IS REAL, DUM-DUMS."

Wondering if Racism Is Over? Check America’s Google Search History

Oh, Jezebel, you make me smile.

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June 5, 2012

This exemplifies pretty much everything that is wrong with America. Stephen, we love you.

June 5, 2012
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Just got this quote on my article “Legislating Holy Scripture in Ohio,” posted 5/24 at The Revealer.

Thank you sir, I WILL write once again immediately.

June 5, 2012
Race and Radical Welcome << The Revealer

Becky Garrison’s latest post for The Revealer: An interview with Rev. Oliver White, pastor of the only predominantly African American Congregational Church in Minnesota, on his support for same-sex marriage–and what it’s cost.

A media landscape that relies primarily on the voices of those with the microphone tends to miss out on the smaller, quieter voices for justice, such as the Rev. Oliver White, a United Church of Christ pastor and social studies teacher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At present, his church is facing foreclosure–a result, many say, of his decision to speak out in favor of same sex marriage at the 2005 UCC General Synod.

Read the full article here.

May 30, 2012
This, on the heels of my last post, is almost too much.

RFK campaign poster, 1968

This, on the heels of my last post, is almost too much.


RFK campaign poster, 1968

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