Moral tribalism is alive and living in the political arena

OK. This is long, but good. Michael Schulson writes at Religion and Politics: The people I know are ecumenical in their religious values. But, rightly or not, they are dogmatic in their political commitments. While this experience is not universal, I also do not think it is unique. Social science research about American society supports …

Do your job, Senate

A new survey says that 62 percent says that Pres. Obama’s Supreme Court candidate deserves a hearing. According to a new Monmouth University Poll: Specifically, two-thirds say that Pres. Obama‚Äôs recent nomination deserves a hearing and 3-in-4 Americans think Senate Republicans are playing politics by refusing to consider to it. Turns out the chief justice …

In which I disagree with The Hill website:

The headline is “Mixing Christianity and Politics Is Killing the Church,” and I get the point the author is making. I do. The piece is exploring Texas’ so-called Pastor Protection bill, which would “protect” clergy in that state from performing rites and rituals for people they don’t want to, but mostly the gays. Mixing Christianity …

“But I don’t see color” serves no one

Ebony sends this, an interesting Salon essay about the dangers of color blindness among popular progressive politicians. Presidential candidate and Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders is saying a lot of good and meaningful stuff in relation to wealth and income inequality, but this Vox piece suggests he might be a 1930s radical (not so concerned with …