“The liberal church committed suicide when it severed itself from radicalism”says Christopher Hedges in his recent post on the “Suicide of the Liberal Church.” Now he admits “These radicals generally were not embraced by the church hierarchy but they kept the church vital and prophetic.” Indeed as much as I admire the history of radical […]
A October 2012 Associated Press profile of me described me as “a large man with perpetually rumpled clothes.” Well, if sloppy dress leads to sloppy manners, I am pretty sure this explains why I have rumpled manners. Here at Approaching Justice, we don’t fit a typical mold. We annoy some. We offend others. And we also […]
Though I support Bernie Sanders for president, I thought it would be worthwhile to offer instructions to both camps. Not that the Hillary and Bernie campaign reads this blog. But some of my friends supporting both candidates do. So I can treat this as a letter to them in sorting out the issues between these […]
I have re-posted my 2014 post on the connection between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and extreme conservative elements within Mormonism. I also want to summarize a bit the other posts I have written about Cliven Bundy in the past. I am mostly responding to those who seem to think that I do not understand who […]
Matt Bruenig addressed the myth of the Bernie Bro here in Jacobin. But whether there is a phenomenon called the Bernie Bro or not, Bro Hymn by Pennywise would be a great anthem for the Bernie Bro movement. Just saying.
I have felt this way for a long time about many things. I don’t belong. I am a Mormon liberal who more and more finds myself still unorthodox…but very much at odds with most other Mormon liberals. I don’t belong. I am a white teacher at an urban school. I don’t belong. I am […]
Editor’s Note: This post originally ran here at Approaching Justice on May 27, 2014. Re-posting in light of recent events, though I would emphasize that Bundy’s view and those of his family are very extreme and fringe even within Mormon community, which is in mans ways ultra-conservative. -CH Cliven Bundy has left the Republican Party and […]
2016 is going to be a good year. I turn 40 this year and I will not put out with another off year. It time to conquer the world. Well…my little part of it at least.
This is the first of my “Confessions” columns, a new feature in 2016 at Approaching Justice. Today, I wrote a bit about being religious but not spiritual.
The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History is an attempt to tell the real story of Thanksgiving in a way that draws on the methods of academic history, rather than the methods of The History Channel. After Christmas, we will see non-stop airings of documentaries about the historical […]
Where my friends will meet no more.