Sanctifying bigotry: why the Episcopal Church is wrong to host Donald Trump’s inaugural prayer service

The Episcopal Church has been my spiritual home for seven years now. It breathed new life into my faith at a time when I wasn’t sure I wanted any more to do with church. Its liturgies, its willingness to engage the world, its ability to embrace orthodoxy without rigidity, its commitment to welcoming all people—these … Continue reading Sanctifying bigotry: why the Episcopal Church is wrong to host Donald Trump’s inaugural prayer service

Donald Trump’s Muslim registry: If one group is marked, we are all marked

Remember a couple years ago, when #WeAreN went viral and the letter ن started popping up in profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter? That was because ISIS was going door to door in Mosul, Iraq, marking the homes of Christians with the Arabic letter ن (n) for “Nazarene.”  Christians in America adopted the letter as a sign of solidarity with persecuted … Continue reading Donald Trump’s Muslim registry: If one group is marked, we are all marked

I told my daughter she can do anything. She didn’t believe me.

Tonight before bed, my 6-year-old daughter was telling me about a boys-vs-girls competition at school today, which the girls won. I responded by saying, “Yay, girls rule!” She cheerfully joined in at first, but then she stopped. Her expression grew more serious, and she said, “But not now, because Donald Trump rules.” I told her Donald Trump doesn’t … Continue reading I told my daughter she can do anything. She didn’t believe me.

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.