African Americans

The New Secular Puritan Covenant

Thanksgiving brings back memories for Americans of the Pilgrims and Puritans, carrying out their “errand into the wilderness” to build a “city on a hill,” surviving that first bleak Massachusetts winter of 1620-21. As a kid, I remember that cutting out Puritan hats from black construction paper and taping them to the school windows was [...]

Because All Lives Matter

Ever since Michael Brown was felled by a white police officer, activists and the media have made the deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement the cause célèbre. Yet, in the year following the Brown shooting, 29 unarmed black men were killed by police versus 2205 blacks killed by other blacks (76 [...]

Friday Free-for-All: August 13

Time for some Friday morning links: Judge Vaughn Walker extends the stay on gay marriages in California until August 18th, at which point the defendants must either appeal the decision or gay marriages will resume. Meanwhile, Walker himself isn't convinced that they will have standing to appeal the decision in the first place. Read an [...]

Dealing Cynically with the U.S. Constitution

It's funny the things that sometimes irritate you. At the moment I am greatly -- some might say unreasonably -- irritated by a bill that passed the United States last week. If this bill becomes law, it will expand the number of seats in the United States House of Representatives from 435 to 437 -- [...]

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