1. "In taking down the Confederate flag, why Bree's biblical quote matters" (Washington Post)
As Bree climbed up and down the flag pole, she recited the bible verse, "The Lord is my light and salvation. Whom shall I fear?" She even paraphrases David's words against Goliath: You come against me with hatred, oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God!" Watch the short video here. Karen Attiah, in WashPo, unpacks the significance of her quote.
Public Religion Research Institute breaks down in specific detail how the public thinks about same-sex marriage and non-discrimination laws. Fact: only 19 states have laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.
3. "Obama's Grace" (The Atlantic)
James Fallows, former chief speechwriter for President Carter and national correspondent for The Atlantic, calls the President's eulogy for Reverend Pinckney his "single most accomplished rhetorical performance." Fallow provides a close, textual reading on the brilliant themes - grace, religion, "we" - in his eulogy.
Also worth reading: Michiko Kakutani analogizes Obama's eulogy to Lincoln's Second Inaugural in The New York Times.
4. "Marriage Unconstrained" (Eve Tushnet)
Eve, a gay (celibate) Christian blogger, picks apart Justice Kennedy's description of marriage as a rescue from "loneliness," and also makes a case for some of "the elements of gay culture and the gay-marriage movement that deserve honoring."
5. "The Next Culture War" (NYT)
David Brooks asks conservative Christians to consider a new kind of culture war:
The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse.
6. "Forgiving Dylann Roof--Is it Christian or Racist" (OnFaith)
Think of this as a part-two to what Michael wrote in "Stop Explaining Away Black Christian Forgiveness." This is my caution to the church and all those who celebrated the act of forgiveness by the Charleston Nine.
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