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Flushed With Pride In Trump’s America

Flushed With Pride In Trump’s America

"Life" Issues, activism, awareness, bigotry, Biology, Christianity, citizenship, civics, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Equality, Evangelicalism, Fourteenth Amendment, Fundamentalism, Gavin Grimm, GLBT, humor, Incarceration, injustice, nonviolence, Numinous, Sexuality, social justice, Supreme Court, Tolerance, Uncategorized
Sometimes I’m so brilliant, I terrify myself. Gimme a few seconds to remove my tongue from my cheek and I will elaborate … ah! … there! … much better! … OK … Onward … I have been following, off and on, the ongoing story about the young transgender Virginia man, Gavin Grimm, whose suit the Supreme Court recently refused to hear, remanding the case back to the lower court and essentially allowing to stand a decision prohibiting Mr. Grimm from using the men’s restroom in his high school.  It is important to understand that Mr. Grimm is, both anatomically and in terms of his manner of dress, male, in fact, indistinguishable outwardly from a young cisgender – I hope I use that term appropriately -- male.  Anyone encountering Mr. Grimm in a men’s restroom, who did not know the story of his
Constitution As Verb

Constitution As Verb

activism, autonomy, awareness, bigotry, Change, citizenship, civics, conflict, Consitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, faithfulness, First Amendment, Freedom, Ideology, immigration, injustice, justice, law, Minorities, movement, nonviolence, peace and justice, Politics, progressive politics, Rationality, republic, resentment, Resistance, Separation of Powers, solidarity, Supreme Court, Tolerance, Trump, Uncategorized, Women
I am having an experience I have seldom – I won’t quite say “never” – experienced in life:  hope. Were the phrase not already taken, I would even make bold to say I am experiencing the “audacity of hope”. Beginning in early childhood, I learned very well to be extremely cautious in succumbing to promiscuous hope. For a long time, my working hypothesis in life was written by the Greek / Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis, who wrote Zorba the Greek, Report to Greco, and The Last Temptation of Christ:  "Hope is a rotten-thighed whore". In fact, I learned to be a “hope anorexic”:  to subsist on the absolute minimum of hope that would permit me to maintain a sketchy simulacrum of sanity. Without getting lost in past history, I will say that this tendency is traceable to my experience with Chri
Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

autonomy, awareness, Christianity, citizenship, contemplation, critical judgment, culture, Enlightenment, Ethics, Hebrew Scripture, Human Condition, Judaism, justice, Literature, Military, nonviolence, peace and justice, progressive politics, Religion, Religious War, Scripture, soldiers, Tragedy, Uncategorized, violence, war
Here’s a sterling opportunity for someone to educate me. Why do so many – I won’t say “all,” but I feel pretty safe saying “most” – progressives / liberals / left-wingers almost reflexively and uncritically take such a dim, jaundiced, and suspicious view of the military and of members thereof? I am prompted to ask this question by a recent post on Patheos; that begs a multitude of questions the author rather blithely skates over.  But in particular, at the very beginning, the writer simply asserts with no apparent justification that (boldface added) … from an American mindset, original Christianity and the first Christians appear nuts: they were universally nonviolent (against capital punishment, abortion, military service and killing in self-defense), rejected individual ownership of p