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Author: John Pavlovitz

Op Ed: Dear Conservatives, I Don’t Understand Your Cruelty

My conservative friends, I really wish I could understand you. I wish I could step into your shoes, climb inside your head, peek into your heart and see what it is that motivates you when you place your feet on the ground and step out into a day you’ll never experience again. When you realize you’ve been blessed with another precious, fleeting bit of daylight here, why does it seem like your default response to it all is malevolence — no, maybe not to you or your family, or to those you see as your own—but to the vast...

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When white people bully a woman of color for speaking out on white supremacy

ESPN talk show host Jemele Hill recently posted a series of Tweets calling President Trump a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists. Lots of white Americans promptly and violently responded by declaring that she probably shouldn’t have stopped there: ‘Cause nothing says “we’re not white supremacists,” like a bunch of white people publicly bullying a woman of color for speaking out on white supremacy. That’s helpful and definitely not racist. The White House joined in the caucasian outrage, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declaring that Hill’s comments constituted a “fireable offense.” Maybe it’s me,...

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End of DACA proves white society hoards the American dream

America has always been the place people could nurture dreams that found welcome nowhere else; the adoptive home for dreamers from every square inch of the planet who came as refugees from the terrible nightmares of this life. America has always been the place people could nurture dreams that found welcome nowhere else; the adoptive home for dreamers from every square inch of the planet who came as refugees from the terrible nightmares of this life. We have been the door of radical hospitality, opened wide to a disparate world fleeing the cruelty of their geography and circumstance; those...

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The Nashville Statement: Translation of the manifesto on Biblical sexuality

This week over 150 Evangelical pastors and Conservative Christian leaders released a joint manifesto on sexuality and marriage entitled the Nashville Statement. The Tennessee city’s name was attached to the document, due to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s annual conference in Nashville where the document was ratified. The statement is steeped in churchy language and dusty religious-speak regarding marriage, creation, gender identity, and sexual orientation, which may be difficult for the average ear to decipher, especially if not raised to crack the code of such theological buzzwords. Here is a Plain Language Translation of what’s...

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Time for Christians to take a hard look at what God they believe in

When things in our lives are defective, we get rid of them. When they aren’t functioning properly, when they no longer serve their original intended purpose, when they present a clear hazard to people, we stop using those things. We remove from our presence and from those we love, stuff that has the potential to do more harm to them than good. In those cases we value life enough to protect it from threat. There are Christians sitting in pews and perched in pulpits who need to seriously rethink their God, because their God is hurting lots and lots...

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I am the Alt-Left, Mr. President

MR. PRESIDENT, Thank you for giving me a name today. I wasn’t quite sure until now, but you helped me find myself. “Alt-Left.” That’s what you said. That’s what you called me, what you called us. Apparently of the two supposedly equally hateful sides in all this, I belong to that one. Opposite us in Charlottesville this week (on the other side), I saw men with torches and handguns, men screaming “blood and soil”, men intimidating clergy, men beating people with pipes, men screaming anti-Semitic slurs, men so fueled with rage for strangers, that one of them plowed his...

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