Guns on Campus Don’t Kill People, Students Do

But we can't ban students, so let's discourage guns School is back in session in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin, all places where guns are now or are soon slated to be permitted on college campuses. Like a lot of post-secondary educators, I have a lot of thoughts on the matter,... Continue Reading →

_The New Territory_ Reviews _God Hates_

Have you read The New Territory yet? It's devoted to "land, people and possibilities" of the lower Louisiana Purchase: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas and includes feature articles and literary pieces. A beautiful place deserves a beautiful magazine, and The New Territory is gift to us. The second issue has just been published, and... Continue Reading →

Generous Turnout at KCPL for _God Hates_

The KC Public Library is a wonder! About 300 folks turned out this week to learn about the history and theology of Westboro Baptist Church and how this group fits into American religious history--and the present state of American religion. I couldn't have asked for a kinder reception from the library or a more engaged... Continue Reading →

_Up to Date_ Interview Available Online

It was a treat to work with Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up to Date yesterday for an interview for a very special reason: Kraske used to work as a journalist in Topeka, covering Westboro Baptist Church in the early 1990s, and I relied on his reporting about the church when I was doing the research... Continue Reading →

A Preview of KCPL’s “God Hates” Talk

For folks attending tomorrow night's talk at the Kansas City Public Library, here are three questions I plan on talking about during the lecture: How does Westboro Baptist Church's theology support their picketing? (See the picture below, of a church member picketing at the Supreme Court in 2010 while other church members are inside arguing... Continue Reading →

Jesus Christ, Wedge Issue

With Hillary Clinton now the official Democratic nominee and a hard fight against Donald Trump underway, what are voters to make of last week’s revelation that the DNC tried to weaponized her former rival Bernie Sanders’ (ir)religion? According to WikiLeaks, in the middle of the night on May 5, DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall... Continue Reading →

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