The arc of the moral universe took a sharp bend toward justice in the last week.
On Thursday, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that four poorly articulated words in a 900-page law cannot nullify the intention of the entire law, thereby reinforcing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and preserving the newly won right of millions of Americans to...Read more
Everybody has come out a winner with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Obamacare — at least politically.
For President Obama, the 6-to-3 decision maintains the federally managed health plans in 34 states that do not have their own systems, thus preventing the collapse of the signature domestic achievement of his presidency. That is an obvious win and, in his White House Rose Garden speech on...Read more
Few American Christians let their faith get in the way of their politics. They simply ignore church teachings or find creative ways to interpret biblical passages to justify their political views. That is why I don’t expect the new encyclical from Pope Francis to cause much of a shift in people’s opinions about climate change.
The pope says human activity is causing a calamitous spike in global temperatures....Read more
Yes, the Confederate battle flag that flies over the grounds of the state Capitol in Columbia, S.C., should be taken down and sent to a museum. The state’s two most prominent Republican leaders, Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, have finally come around to the rightness of this action, spurred on by the deaths of nine African Americans at a Charleston church who were gunned down by a 21-year-old...Read more
Having recently spent several inspiring hours singing, praying and sharing meals with members of a historic black church in Montgomery, Ala., I am especially troubled by the murder of nine African American men and women during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The folks I met in Alabama were among the most genuine Christians and solid Americans I have...Read more
The curious case of Rachel Dolezal has put a new twist in the tortured saga of race relations in America. A lot of people say the country needs a discussion of race and Dolezal, the Spokane NAACP leader exposed as a white woman claiming a black identity, has certainly gotten one going.
Dolezal, 37, was outed by her estranged parents. They had been contacted by a newspaper investigating Dolezal’s claims...Read more