What I learned about male privilege the night I talked to my daughter about the election

I thought I was prepared the other night, when I talked to my first-grade daughter about this year’s presidential election. I was ready for her questions about Donald Trump—“the mean one,” as she describes him. At just six years old, she’s already discerned what has somehow eluded 40-45 percent of the American electorate: Donald Trump is a bully. … Continue reading What I learned about male privilege the night I talked to my daughter about the election

You did this.

You did this. If you’ve spent these last eight years relentlessly demonizing the current occupant of the White House—questioning his religion (as if it should matter), doubting his citizenship, making thinly veiled racist jokes—you did this. And no, this isn’t about being a partisan shill. I disagree with President Obama on a great many things. If you … Continue reading You did this.

Why do evangelicals like Trump? Because he’s one of us.

Donald J. Trump the leading choice for president among evangelical voters right now. This isn’t going down well with some of the gatekeepers—and for good reason. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, summed up nicely the problem with Trump: He’s an unrepentant serial adulterer who has abandoned two wives for other … Continue reading Why do evangelicals like Trump? Because he’s one of us.

If this is what a Christian nation looks like, then I don’t want to be a Christian.

We’re a nation that uses fear as justification for torture. Despite the fact that, according to scripture, “perfect love casts out fear.” We’re a nation worried more about whether torture was effective than whether it was moral, as if the objects of torture are somehow less than human. Despite the fact that all humanity bears the … Continue reading If this is what a Christian nation looks like, then I don’t want to be a Christian.

It’s not just your imagination. We are becoming more polarized.

Today, the Pew Research Center shared the findings of their new study on political polarization in America. Their survey of 10,000 adults confirmed that it’s not just your imagination. Polarization is getting worse. Think about that. We’re more polarized today than we were two decades ago. When Bill Clinton was in office. When the Democrats … Continue reading It’s not just your imagination. We are becoming more polarized.