Scalia insult generator!

scalia_rect1See how Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would insult you, given the chance, right here.

(Yes, I know this has been up for a while, but that didn’t keep me from posting it.)

Anonymous announces a million-person march on July 4

indexYou can read about it here. Citing the historic happenings of the recent weeks, the press release says:

Anonymous, in conjunction with the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements – hereby calls forth a Million Person March for the only day when it could possibly happen, Independence Day. We call on every American of good conscience to make their way to Charleston, South Carolina and march with us to the State Capital. We will sing hymns of praise, we will honor the fallen, we will feed each other, we will love each other. And together with a million voices and fists raised to the heavens we will demand one thing: The Flag Must Come Down!

 

 That photo is of Bree Newsome pulling down a Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.

Evangelicals? The gay is not your enemy.

imagesFor years — decades, even — my fellow evangelicals and fundamentalists have thrown their weight against same-sex marriage.

(Well, not all of them did that. But enough of them did that it was kind of embarrassing to the rest of us.)

And now marriage equality is the law of the land, and even though some states (I’m looking at you, Alabama, and you, Texas) have pockets of resistance where wrong-headed clerks and others are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, their resistance — and the continued resistance of certain breeds of Christians — feels like a last-gasp effort to prove a point.

The point here, I believe, is that those Christians are in grievous scriptural error.

Jesus [a rough approximation of whom is pictured, above] said precisely nothing — No. Thing. — about gay marriage. Jesus said precisely nothing about gay anything. He did, however, give us a list of people who need our attention in The Beatitudes. Christians! In order, from Matthew 5, your thoughts and actions should be directed toward:

  • The poor (listed as No. 1, and probably for good reason as Jesus showed a particular interest in the downtrodden)
  • Those who mourn
  • The meek (They are often our best chances for good leaders)
  • The hungry (Feed ’em, fer crissakes)
  • The merciful (We can learn from them)
  • The pure in heart (Ditto)
  • The peacemakers (Ditto again)
  • The persecuted (Jesus would know a few things about this category)

There is no “gay” there, unless you count “persecuted,” which means — conversely — that the persecuted gays persecuted by Christians could use some loving attention from persecuting Christians. Go figure.

Here. This guy says it better.

Some predominantly black churches have burned, at least three intentionally

lead_largeHere’s a list and it’s pretty awful. That’s across five Southern states.

You can read more here. As it says at that Atlantic piece, the symbolism is haunting. Over on Twitter, the conversation is revolving around:

The number 1 question is and the number 2 question is why are Christians at white churches silent & indifferent.

Meanwhile, this, from a recent Nicholas Kristof column:

America’s greatest shame in 2015 is not a piece of cloth. It’s that a black boy has a life expectancy five years shorter than a white boy. It’s that the net worth of the average black household in 2011 was $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to census data.

UPDATE: The FBI has started investigating.

For people who want to leave the U.S. over marriage equality:

11667284_10102974913686089_6607941727965176433_nHere are your options.

Forgiveness is not ours

forgiveness-blog-dandelionListen to this conversation among religious leaders who talk about what forgiveness should look like in Charleston, S.C., where two weeks ago a young white man, espousing white supremacist ideology, shot and killed nine people studying their Bible at Emanuel AME Church.

I appreciated everyone’s contribution to this conversation, but I am drawn to the Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, theology professor at Chicago Theological Seminary. She said,referencing the multiple Mother Emanual family members who publicly forgave the alleged shooter — while calling on him to repent:

I think white America craves this language of forgiveness because they want to forget.

Because for some of us living in white America, the families so quickly and stunningly forgiving the shooter lets the rest of us off the hook.

But it doesn’t. We who were reared in religions that taught forgiveness above all (God forgave us, we should forgive the rest of us) might not understand what has to happen to complete the circle, to heal the hurt. This is one awful event in a long series of events that embody our racist past, present and — potentially — future. The rest of us need to ask ourselves, among other things: How did this young man embrace so heartily the language of hate? Why was the language so available to him, and where were the filters, the loving people to stand by him and explain the corrosive nature of hate? How did we get here, and how are we complicit?

This is not a condemnation of those beautiful people saying, one by one, “I forgive you.” I am stunned at the love and compassion showed by those families, but I am every bit as convinced that their graciousness is not a call for us to move on. We can’t.

We are still celebrating marriage equality but…

LGBTStudents1…there is still so much work to be done. I wrote this for Mother Courant.