Articles categorized as Politics
For social conservatism to thrive, it needs to end its hostility toward elite institutions that are currently opposed to it.
You can’t fight a culture war if you haven’t got a culture.
There are no conditions at this point under which I could possibly vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Responsible citizenship requires judgment, and sometimes judgment means abstention.
Trump is a not simply a charlatan, a huckster, a con-man, though he is all of that. He is also shameless. The more outlandish he is, the more he is rewarded with the only currency he cares about: attention.
By all appearances, then, the Religious Right is as alive as it has ever have been. But this time, the grievances that animate them have flowered into an overt anti-politics, a willingness to trade the responsibilities of governance for the therapeutic cleansing of disruptive chaos.
Our culture is risking a new, unrelenting pursuit of justice far more “Puritanical” than the Puritans.
Three views on a possible church-state stretch.
One way to cultivate such common ground in our own local communities is through what some of called “intellectual empathy,” or the decision to enter into a person’s way of the seeing the world and look along with them.
Ethical consumption doesn’t entail these sorts of symbolic actions, and while it might be right to support the restaurant there’s also something to not letting the right hand know about the left when we’re doing what we ought.
It be folly to think that companies have ever escaped having values. Yet those values seem to have been, well, tied to their products. Industry. Thrift. Quality construction. Chick-Fil-A’s decision to close on Sunday’s is a decent example of this.
The eruption of controversy around the Komen Foundation’s decision to not renew its funding of Planned Parenthood and their stunning reversal (or was it?) has reinforced two truths: the culture war is a long way from over, and it is hardly a one-sided affair.
Today’s politically liberal evangelicals may not be as different as some imagine.
If nothing is sacred, nothing can be profaned. The reverberations from a scandal surrounding colleges and sex might provide a little hope that the total disenchantment of sex is not yet complete.
We should treat death with the sort of contemplative, cheerful deliberation that might mark someone at the beginning of a long voyage, for the journey into the far country is the beginning, not the end.