University of Maryland survey data show extent of Christian nationalism, white grievance among Republicans

More data points for my Swedes in Roger Williams' Garden project -- A new survey, summarized today in Politico magazine, shows that white Christian nationalism is strongly linked to age and membership in the Republican Party. A survey conducted in May by the University of Maryland's Critical Issues Poll found that 61 percent of Republicans … Continue reading University of Maryland survey data show extent of Christian nationalism, white grievance among Republicans

Historians, including Ken Burns, cite historical parallels between today, the slavery crisis of the 1850s and the anti-Semitism of the 1930s

d r a f t More quotes for my Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden project — Two disturbing historical parallels in print this week, both suggesting that America faces a more difficult crisis -- more accurately a series of cascading crises -- now than it did in the runup to the Civil War. It's hard to know … Continue reading Historians, including Ken Burns, cite historical parallels between today, the slavery crisis of the 1850s and the anti-Semitism of the 1930s

Impact of Indiana’s abortion ban on women’s health services in Illinois, religious pluralism post-Roe v. Wade

Clips, links for 'Swedes in Roger Williams' Garden' The evening before Indiana's extreme new anti-abortion law went into effect, protesters gathered at the county courthouse in Bloomington, Ind., for a Jewish Havdalah ceremony marking what they see as a transition from "an era of full rights [...] into a darker time," as Illinois gears up … Continue reading Impact of Indiana’s abortion ban on women’s health services in Illinois, religious pluralism post-Roe v. Wade

The score when Nixon spoke at a Billy Graham crusade at UT-Knoxville: Lions 0; Christians 1; First Amendment -1

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/President_Richard_Nixon_and_Reverend_Billy_Graham_at_the_Podium_during_the_%22Crusade_for_Christ%22_at_Neyland_Stadium_in_Knoxville%2C_Tennessee.jpg Nixon and Billy Graham, UT-Knoxville, 1970 (Wikimedia Commons) “[Roger Williams] described the true church as a magnificent garden, unsullied and pure, resonant of Eden. The world he described as “the Wilderness,” a word with personal resonance for him. Then he used for the first time a phrase he would use again, a phrase that … Continue reading The score when Nixon spoke at a Billy Graham crusade at UT-Knoxville: Lions 0; Christians 1; First Amendment -1

Futures file (Notes & Quotes): Iowa’s nativist ban on foreign languages during World War I

Some first-rate quotes below, from a post on Patheos by a biographer of Swedish-American aviator Charles Lindbergh, on the anti-German hysteria that spilled over and left some Swedish, Norwegian, Czech and other immigrant churches unable to communicate with their parishioners during World War I and its immediate aftermath. I presented a paper on the hysteria, … Continue reading Futures file (Notes & Quotes): Iowa’s nativist ban on foreign languages during World War I

Does Justice Alito’s call for ‘special protection’ for traditional religion spell trouble for religious minorities?

Two articles published today to the internet shed light on different aspects of what I believe to be the same worrisome trend ... An op ed piece in the New York Times by longtime Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse. Headlined "Alito’s Call to Arms to Secure Religious Liberty," it suggests Alito's rather narrow brand of … Continue reading Does Justice Alito’s call for ‘special protection’ for traditional religion spell trouble for religious minorities?

Florida lawsuits argue state’s new anti-abortion law violates free exercise clause, threatens religious pluralism

Notes & quotes for future reference -- posted here so I can find them later with a keyword search Is it time for those of us who qualify as spiritual-but-not-in-your-face-bible-thumping-religious to begin speaking up? Two recent articles by an unusually perceptive religion writer in the Washington Post suggest maybe it is. More clergy members, serving … Continue reading Florida lawsuits argue state’s new anti-abortion law violates free exercise clause, threatens religious pluralism

Notes & quotes: Alito’s speech on First Amendment rights, free exercise clause at Notre Dame event in Rome

Content advisory: The speaker pictured in the video below is not Justice Samuel Alito but another political figure who shares a similar ideology. The video is embedded to share remarks by Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee, regarding Alito's speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kht_3z3hrQs Amanda Tyler's remarks begin at 4:20. More than a year ago … Continue reading Notes & quotes: Alito’s speech on First Amendment rights, free exercise clause at Notre Dame event in Rome

Historians say Alito’s ‘law office history’ cherry-picks the historical record, creates bad history and worse law

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLMp-1NdzR8 Cold open, Saturday Night Live, May 7, 2022 “It was all Mrs. Bumble. She would do it," urged Mr. Bumble; first looking round, to ascertain that his partner had left the room.That is no excuse," returned Mr. Brownlow. "You were present on the occasion of the destruction of these trinkets, and, indeed, are the more guilty … Continue reading Historians say Alito’s ‘law office history’ cherry-picks the historical record, creates bad history and worse law

A prayerful reaction to the US Supreme Court’s facilitation of white Christian theocracy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWIvkGWmEVA Matthew 5 (NRSV). 5 “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut … Continue reading A prayerful reaction to the US Supreme Court’s facilitation of white Christian theocracy