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Politicians and Civil Religion

On March 23, 2015 before throngs of college students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Texas Ted Cruz officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 2016. 408 more words

Cover Art and Blurbs for American Exceptionalism Book Have Arrived

I am really excited about the cover for the exceptionalism book. I couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying cover than this. The folks at IVP know what they’re doing. 533 more words


When Patriotism Becomes Discrimination

An article published on March 31 details how a Connecticut firefighter filed a lawsuit earlier this year to sue the Hamden Fire Department and city of Hamden. 369 more words

Ted Cruz’s religious horror: Why he’s really running for High Priest of America

My latest piece is an article for Salon that explains why Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential ambitions are driven, in part, by a strangely fundamentalist  interpretation of American civil religion. 92 more words

More Money More Jesus?

So occasionally I see things like the above meme. Or similar ones with sarcastic slogans like “Jesus died so Joel Osteen could buy a multimillion dollar home in the suburbs”. 1,031 more words


It’s a Grand Ole Flag?

13 stars. 50 stripes. Machine sewn on a piece of nylon fabric. Sounds noncontroversial.


The Story

A recent resolution passed by the student government at the University of California Irvine made it impermissible to hang any flag in the lobby of the complex housing their student government. 472 more words