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The Daily Beast: Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Evangelicals, and President Donald Trump

This weekend at The Daily Beast, I have a new piece that looks at President Donald Trump, right-wing authoritarianism, and its lure for evangelicals. Check it out:

“Mr. President, in the Bible rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain…when you came to the platform,” said Reverend Franklin Graham in his inaugural benediction before President Donald J. Trump.

Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was one of six, predominantly Christian spiritual leaders praying on January 20. It’s his firm conviction that the election was the work of divine providence.

“I believe,” Graham told Fox News, that “in this election, no question, God’s hand was in it.”

Read the full article at The Daily Beast.

 

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HuffPost: Why Valentine’s Day Is also World Bonobo Day

I have a piece up this week at The Huffington Post on the first annual World Bonobo Day, which is Valentine’s day. Here it is:

February 14 is Valentine’s Day; it is also the inaugural World Bonobo Day (#WorldBonoboDay)—begun by conservationists at The Bonobo Project to help bring awareness to an endangered and gentle species.

Read full article at HuffPost.

Photo Credit: W. H. Calvin 2006. Social gathering of six bonobos at the San Diego Zoo. Wikipedia.

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News: In The Toledo Blade

BGW-Toledo-Blade-2On January 21, 2017, I and Mark Christensen from Lourdes University were featured above the fold in the Toledo Blade’s religion section for a piece on the place of the philosophy of religion (“School thought: Philosophy paves way for religious debate”).

Check it out:

“Part of the problem that you run into with religious studies is that nobody can actually agree on a precise definition of religion, because the concept is so widely encompassing,” said Brandon Withrow, an author who is a religious history scholar and has taught religion and philosophy at Winebrenner Theological Seminary and the University of Findlay.

But people can talk about religious philosophy. Read full article at The Toledo Blade

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The Daily Beast: The Complicated Life of African American Atheists

This last weekend I wrote at The Daily Beast about the African American atheist as a double-minority. In this piece I interviewed several leaders in the African American atheist world and the problems faced with exiting religion. For more, see below.

“….While honesty may be said to be the best policy, for American atheists who are still in the metaphorical closet, it may also come with a price tag. And this can especially be the case for African-American atheists—often referred to as a minority within a minority.

But just what does this designation mean and how representative is it of the black atheist story?…”

Read the full post at The Daily Beast…

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