Archive for the ‘Social Justice’ Category

Census and Race – The Conversation

Why is race on the census form?  Over half of short census is dedicated to the question of race.  The question is not without controversy, but before you can reach a decision about whether race ought to be included on the census, you ought to know the history behind the census and race inquiry. A...
April 27th, 2010 | Domestic Policy, Heritage & History, Social Justice | Read More

Serving the Needy by Equipping Them to Serve Others

A tattoo-covered arm reached for my empty cup as I sat down for dinner. My eyes followed a trail of colorful, hard-core images up to the man’s elbow. Quite a contrast to his formal, white pressed shirt. The man’s name tag read “Ronnie.” And as he poured me some lemonade, I realized Ronnie was...
April 14th, 2010 | Social Justice | Read More

The Fierce Urgency of Now

It’s Friday, and I’m sitting in a crowded megachurch in Los Gatos, California on a warm spring evening.  A singer scratches the air with his rough voice and acoustic guitar with the sincerity only a musician with a small Facebook fan page can muster.  It’s a far cry from the scores of concerts...
March 25th, 2010 | Domestic Policy, Ethics, Human Rights, Social Justice | Read More

Everyday Justice and Lent

“Welcome, dear feast of Lent!” George Herbert, English country priest and poet wrote in Lent (1633). Last week, the western church entered the season of solemn preparation to remember Christ’s great sacrifice and victory over sin and death, and in a short while our eastern brothers and sisters...
February 23rd, 2010 | Book Reviews, Creation Care, Human Rights, Other, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

Heartbreak for Haiti

It has now been a couple of weeks since a 7.0 magnitude quake devastated the island nation of Haiti.  Since the quake I’ve read and seen a great deal of analysis and reporting from the scene, but these sterile dissections, with their emphasis on data and statistics, are not sufficient for helping...
February 2nd, 2010 | Social Justice | Read More

Was the Haitian disaster preventable?

The obvious response to this potentially offensive question is no. Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake, as straightforward an Act of Nature (or God, depending on who you ask) as one could find. The world is now rushing to relieve the overwhelming devastation this tiny country has suffered. Whether...
January 27th, 2010 | Social Justice | Read More

Garrison’s Legacy

The greatest challenge to the modern abolitionist movement isn’t the determination of slavers, or the threat of violence against those who would liberate slaves. It isn’t the ponderous, glacial pace of government action, or the corruption of policy through the sausage-making process of legislation...
January 4th, 2010 | Book Reviews, Human Rights, Social Justice | Read More

A Parting of the Ways

President Obama has poured billions of tax dollars into a government take-over of the Auto Industry.  Fair Enough.  He is pushing through a Socialist agenda for a national healthcare system, which will effectively strip us of our options with regard to our medical care, while simultaneously creating...
June 18th, 2009 | Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, RML, Social Justice | Read More

A Time for Silence

President Obama should not speak in support of the Iranians protesting the recent presidential elections.  In fact, no US official, in power or out of it, should publicly support them. First, it’s redundant.  Is there any doubt that anyone in Iran (much less, the world) knows whose side the Americans...
June 18th, 2009 | Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Rights Reason & Religion, RML, Social Justice | Read More

Buying the End of Slavery

Most of us support slavery: our purchases feed the black market of human trafficking.  It’s not just something from movies like Blood Diamond.  Most of us who purchase goods produced by slave labor do it in the proud name of frugality.  We’re always seeking a good deal, and we boast in...
June 2nd, 2009 | Human Rights, Other, Social Justice | Read More