A few weeks ago I was in a meeting about race and racism and someone stood up and began by butchering even the letters “CRT.” He jumbled around for a bit, then I finally blurted out, “Critical. Race. Theory.” He then said, “Yeah THAT! Well, I don’t much about that but…” I should have jumpedContinue reading “The bogeyman of CRT”
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Why “CRT” is the new conservative Christian boogeyman
David French gets at fundamental issues with how CRT has become the new dog whistle for conservative Christians. Note this: he makes the bold claim that the definition of CRT was fundamentally and intentionally changed by conservative activists to encompass and enormous number of arguments and ideas about race, including arguments and ideas that haveContinue reading “Why “CRT” is the new conservative Christian boogeyman”
We just like being comfortable as white Christians
Tish Harrison Warren sets the framework of how Christians SHOULD handle history… and then exposes the horrible way in which we try to stay comfortable: We’re struggling now as a society with how to tell the truth about how white supremacy has shaped our history and institutions. Several states have recently passed laws against teachingContinue reading “We just like being comfortable as white Christians”
Stop telling lies
“I’m going to tell you just like it is… There’s so much hypocrisy in this society and if we want America to be a free society, we have to stop telling lies.” — Fannie Lou Hamer It would be good for us, in our day, to call out the false fear surrounding CRT. Robert PContinue reading “Stop telling lies”
The work we still have to do
Governor Kay Ivey tweeted out that the state is BANNING the teaching of Critical Race Theory. They are sticking with teaching reading and writing.
I will say this plainly: the derisive use of “CRT” and “woke” among (mostly) white male evangelical/fundamentalist leaders and “authorities” is the 2021 version of the “N” word in the 1960s. Words matter. HOW we use those words matter.
The American Church is incredibly sick and in need of healing
What has the COVID-19 pandemic said about the American church? Who have we revealed ourselves to be under pressure? I am talking not about the virus itself. I am talking about the social crisis of the pandemic, which brought to light the ongoing experience of racism and injustice by ethnic minorities in this country.
The American conservative political church
A step back from the brink?
This week was a whirlwind of activity with the SBC annual meeting in Nashville and a narrow “win” for the leadership of SBC going to the least offensive candidate. (He is actually a good man and I am familiar with his work in racial justice in the Mobile area.) It was a tense week watchingContinue reading “A step back from the brink?”
Could hardness of heart be on full display this week?
Over the past few years I have taught on and laid out some thoughts on the subject I call “Living in Babylon.” Over the past few years there has been a testing of what I have called “culturalized Christianity.” If this is something that is new to you, I suggest looking at my podcast pageContinue reading “Could hardness of heart be on full display this week?”