Remarks to the Muslim Association of Snoqualmie Ridge

Back in November of 2015, Washington State Representative Jay Rodne (R-05) made some inflammatory remarks about Muslims and Sharia law, leading to many ugly statements from others in the community expressing their own ignorance and hatred. In response, the Muslims in our community of Snoqualmie and North Bend came together in a community open house …

Why Honor Dr. King?

Reposted from 2010,  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  I wrote this as a quick email in response to some scurrilous nonsense forwarded to me, nonsense written by a white Christian eager to point out to me that Dr. King was a flawed man, too flawed to be honored and acknowledged. N.B. 2016. I’ve …

It’s Time for Black Americans to Forgive White People. Or Is It?

I run this community discussion (moderated) about white racism in America and the white American church, using the book “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” (Dr. Drew G. I. Hart, 2016). We’re in the eighth chapter, and a question came up, offered by one of the participants. (For relevancy but not …

The Non-Whiteness of Jesus

I got to thinking the other day about how we see Jesus and Jesus’ teachings expressed in the lives of his followers. And I began thinking about how hard it is to reconcile our Christian behavior with our Christ. Traditionally, orthodox Christianity means a religion centered around the Christ of the New Testament, where what …

The Indelible Stain

I will tell you a story… Back in high school we had “hall monitors” (but we were a garden campus, so they were on sidewalks). One of them was a German lady in her 50s. I got to know her a bit, She told me she was raised in Germany in the 30s and 40s, …

We Wake Up, That’s What We Do

Well, that was unexpected. To my fellow progressives and Democrats and even socialists – there’s no getting around this. We have been rejected in what we proposed for a vision for America, and in the next few years we will see profound changes we might also profoundly dislike. Where do we go from here? We …

How a Straight White Christian Male Should Vote

White Christian man, and I voted today. Neither candidate would harm me if elected. My taxes will either stay the same or go down. I will always have a voice in society. But my friends—women, gays, people of color, immigrants, Muslims—world be incredibly harmed by the actions and policies of one candidate but not the …

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