Rebuking history

Writing in The Atlantic, a Yale historian reprises the very point I made here: We should rebuke our history, not whitewash it.

Wholesale “name-changing” in the form of erasure is bad history and, worse, it represents the forfeiture of an important educational opportunity. Teaching students about whatever structural racism continues to exist in America requires using every available artifact, including Calhoun College.

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The U.S. should own up to the past, see it for what it was, not brush it away.

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Embarrassing sycophancy alert

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Quote for the day

It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.

Billy Graham

Sadly, helped in no small part by his son Franklin and the influence of the Graham name, ‘conservatism’ and yahoo fundamentalism are indistinguishable nowadays.

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A new low

Apparently, mobile technology has advanced to the point that advertisements can be sent to smart phone users in particular geographic locations. Naturally, the a-holes that harass women visiting Planned Parenthood have big plans to use it.

The international pregnancy support and adoption agency Bethany Christian Services is launching a program to send life-saving ads specifically to smartphones inside abortion clinics, Copley Advertising has announced in a press release.

So: You pass through a gauntlet of howling yahoos just to get inside the place and, once there, your phone starts dinging at you.

Seriously: There is something foul and misshapen in these people, a thoroughgoing lack of ordinary decency. The good news, of course, is that people who don’t live inside that sick little bubble have no excuse — Finally! — for not seeing them as they actually are.

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‘Deepity’ alert, — OR —
Utterly meaningless theology tweet for the day

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