Sex Ed Begins at Home: Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween, which means that the past 11 and ¾ months have been spent squashing my children’s dreams about their costumes. Nothing violent, nothing gory, nothing sexy, nothing racist, nothing that promotes warmongering or imperialism, nothing homemade unless you do it yourself and it must be done at least three days prior to avoid a... Continue Reading →

“Hate and Heritage,” on its way

I just wrapped up editing a special issue of the Journal of Hate Studies, an interdisciplinary endeavor of the Institute for Hate Studies at Gonzaga University. I proposed “heritage and hate” as the theme for a self-serving reason: I wanted to better understand the pro- and neo-Confederate movements, the continuing calls for secession, and the... Continue Reading →

“The 4th R”–Religion in the Classroom–now available

I'm so pleased that NEA's Thought & Action has published my article "The 4th R: Encountering Conservative Christianity in the Classroom."  The article considers what assumptions many of our conservative Christian students--particularly evangelical and fundamentalist Protestants--bring with them about higher education and shape their experience of learning in college. It draws specifically from some of my teaching in sociology... Continue Reading →

Why the Christian Right Wants King Donald

Since the release of Donald Trump’s sexually violent comments about women surfaced two weeks ago, the conservative Christians who have been among his most reliable supporters have been struggling with what to do. Many of them long ago bought into a Hillary Clinton who is “the devil”—some literally believing that she is satanic. They’ve constructed... Continue Reading →

How Lazy Theology and Discipleship Made Trump the Evangelical Choice

The 2016 Republican primary should have been a smashing success for the evangelical Christians who comprise the core of the Religious Right, that coalition of social and political conservatives who ground their politics in conservative faith. After being asked for years to support Episcopal, Methodist, and Mormon candidates, they finally had a roster of firmly... Continue Reading →

Reading Round Up, October 14, 2016

Content Warning: Donald Trump, sexual assault I’ve been teaching about sexual assault for the last two weeks in sociology of sex, timing that coordinated not only with the entirely unsurprising revelation that Donald Trump has sexually harassed a possibly endless parade of women and bragged about it but, closer to home, a third sexual assault... Continue Reading →

How Third-Party Voting can Fight Racism

Democrats have engaged in one a lot of worrying and hang-wringing about the possibility of third-party voters “spoiling” the election. The assumption is that those who vote third-party would 1) otherwise have voted and 2) otherwise have voted for Hillary Clinton—both of which are not necessarily true. They use the specter of Ralph Nader’s 2000... Continue Reading →

Republicans are Fleeing like Rats. Thank Them.

Republicans should have long ago abandoned Trump and a party that supports him. When they failed to stand up for the vulnerable he attacked—people with disabilities, Muslims, African Americans, immigrants—they showed us that they don’t care about lifting up the least of these. In fact, they relied on Trump’s prejudices to increase voter turnout, trading... Continue Reading →

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