I asked Robert Lee what he would say to Dylann Roof if he had a chance to talk to him, and how God would judge the mass murderer. He said: "You crucified Jesus yet again on the cross of white supremacy."
Funny enough, those who are often in positions of power that have directed this sail of "one man, one woman biblical standard" don't stay true to their own vows, making this Scripture that they hold in such high regard the laughing stock outside the microcosm of Christianity.
People who defend racist rhetoric and symbols are complicit in the resulting racist violence. They may as well own that. Neither the Confederate flag nor racist rhetoric -- overt or covert -- killed nine people in Charleston, but symbols and rhetoric created the environment in which it was possible, indeed likely.
For all my Christian friends blowing up the internet angry about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage for our country. Please remember a few things before you vent...
Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.
Enough with the double-whammy intolerance game. Objecting to the intolerance of intolerance will not be tolerated. To say it a little easier, no one feels sorry for the bully.
In the future, transhumanist technology and science will compliment the LGBT movement and help push it forward in the face of continued social oppression and closed-mindedness.
Killing people in cold blood in a sacred space, trespassing on holy ground, I don't fully understand it, nor do I fully understand the faith of those still standing at Mother Emanuel's, after the horrors they've faced there.
Too many of us (white people) think that racism was about slavery and separate water fountains, so we can cross it off the list of problems to solve.
Hope is important when it comes to Christianity, as it goes hand in hand with faith. When we have hope we believe things will work out for the better. It means we hold on because we know better days are coming!
The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.
My family bloodline is bound up in a dark part of American history. With a name like Robert Lee the question I undoubtedly receive most about my name is, "Are you related to him?" and the answer is yes, yes I am.
Despite tragedy, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is providing the world with an example of what the American faith community could be.
We Muslims will create a new American identity that allows us to live in peace with each other and with other faith communities.
Not everyone can leave the door ajar. No victim of abuse, for example, should ever be criticized for closing the door on her abuser. Everyone needs a sphere of safety.
Perhaps the story teaches that forgiveness is possible in the midst of pressing questions and in the absence of answers. Maybe the point is that forgiveness transcends logic and reason, that it doesn't always make sense.