Shitholes, the Cross and the Flag

One of the things that anyone who is fortunate enough to have a sabbatical experiences [and believe me, I know how fortunate I am to have a sabbatical] is the pleasure of digging into “the stack.”  You know what I mean–that tall stack of reading material that you have been putting off until ‘sometime’–Christmas break,…… Continue reading Shitholes, the Cross and the Flag

Note to Men with Power: Hands Off!

What started with a trickle, with the revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior back in early October, has become a river, with the current allegations against Senate nominee Roy Moore, Senator Al Franken, and actor Kevin Spacey–among many others.  Who knows what else will have come out, and against whom, by Christmas? It’s enough to…… Continue reading Note to Men with Power: Hands Off!

Not not-talking about Gun Violence

I don’t want to talk about guns, and gun control–not again.  I can’t bear to have this conversation one more time, because we have been here before, and we know after all the hand-wringing, all the prayers, all the regrets, nothing is going to change.  Congress will refuse to pass any stricter gun-control laws, any…… Continue reading Not not-talking about Gun Violence

The “Wrong” Kind of Christian

  Last week, one of my students brought to my attention a really interesting article from the Washington Post, titled “Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow:  A tale of two Christians on their knees.”  [Find it here: Tebow and Kaepernick].  It was written in light of the current practice of NFL players taking a knee during the…… Continue reading The “Wrong” Kind of Christian

We Need a Bigger Boat

  A few days ago, I went searching on The New York Times website because I wanted to see what happened in the no-confidence vote that took place in South Africa against President Jacob Zuma.  [He survived, by a National Assembly vote of 198 to 177].  In pulling up the “World” section, I stumbled across…… Continue reading We Need a Bigger Boat