White supremacists: Their name is Legion

Read this fascinating report at Religion News Dispatch from R. Drew Smith, on white supremacy’s strangle-hold on our psyche. Smith says that rather than view the likes of Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter, as an anomaly: I argue instead that white supremacy is a much more central part of American socio-religious culture than generally acknowledged …

Who owns the women?

I am stealing this idea from Sharon, who brought it up, but an overlooked portion of the horrible rampage that killed nine people in the basement of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. was a statement the suspect, Dylann Roof, was supposed to have made as an explanation for his crime. He is supposed …

It’s terrorism

Call it what you will, but the shooting at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was an act of terrorism. A shooter — Dylann Roof, 21, of South Carolina — has been taken into custody. The shooter shot the pastor and eight members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church during Wednesday night’s …