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Sleepwalking Through Gilead

Sleepwalking Through Gilead

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After finishing both Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale several months ago and, only a couple of days ago, its sequel The Testaments, it occurs to me that many – I am sorely tempted to overgeneralize and say “all” – progressives are too selective in their outrage about the degradation and violence practiced against women in the purely fictitious world of Atwood’s Gilead. I say “selective” because, whereas the nation of Gilead is a product of Atwood’s fertile and dystopia-prone imagination, there are real-life Gileads in the actual world, a real world where women really are degraded, where women are real objects of violence and patriarchally founded oppression. Yet these real-life Gileads seem strangely immune from the kind of outrage directed by progressives against the purely fict...
Mass Murder and the Incredible Shrinking God

Mass Murder and the Incredible Shrinking God

Atheism, Christianity, citizenship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God, Grief, Guns, hate, Islam, nonviolence, Pain and Suffering, peace and justice, Politics, prayer, Rationality, Religion, secularism, sorrow, Theology, violence
OK … full disclosure … I don’t get it. I mean … I.   Just.   Don’t.   Get.   It.  I am writing this on 3 December the day after 14 people were shot and killed in San Bernardino, CA, by two people whose motivation, as of this writing, is as yet unclear. Well … life is full of mysteries, isn’t it? But here is one more. In the wake of the shooting, various members of Congress – all Republican, as far as I know, though party affiliation is utterly beside the point, so please … save yourself the trouble of providing partisan counter-examples – various members of Congress issued public statements … actually publicity statements … piously assuring the victims’ families and friends that their (the Congress members’) “prayers are with you in this difficult time” (or words to that effect). To...