Teaching American History after Charlottesville

Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians, is running a round table on teaching in the wake of Charlottesville.  Participants include Jarred Amato, Beverly Bunch-Lyons, Michael Dickinson, Emily Farris, Kevin Gannon (don’t miss him on Episode 26 of the TWOILH Podcast), Nyasha Junior, and Heather Cox Richardson. Here is a taste: Did the … Continue reading Teaching American History after Charlottesville

Episode 25: Thinking Historically About Charlottesville

In our opening episode of Season 4, host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling catch up on some of the important historical work that still needs to be done in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville. John shares his thoughts on “Make American Great Again” as a historical statement. They are joined by historian … Continue reading Episode 25: Thinking Historically About Charlottesville

National Museum of African American History and Culture Issues Statement on Charlottesville

It’s been out for about a week now: We, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, are saddened by the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va. Our hearts are with the families of the victims—the three who lost their lives, the 35 injured and the millions across the country who are traumatized by … Continue reading National Museum of African American History and Culture Issues Statement on Charlottesville

Annette Gordon Reed: Why Jefferson Matters in the Wake of Charlottesville

I have been trying to say something like this throughout the week, but I can’t say it as well or with the expertise and authority of  Annette Gordon-Reed: Today, a time of intense focus on the personal and of misplaced faith in the importance of sincerity, we question whether Jefferson really believed the words “all … Continue reading Annette Gordon Reed: Why Jefferson Matters in the Wake of Charlottesville

The National Park Service Responds to Charlottesville

In the days following the events at Charlottesville, the National Park Service made a change to its description of Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s pre-Civil War home that now looks over Arlington National Cemetery.  Here is a taste of Russell Berman’s piece at The Atlantic: As of August 4, according to a cache of the page accessed … Continue reading The National Park Service Responds to Charlottesville

Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress: Trump Should Not Apologize for Charlottesville Statements. “He Did Just Fine”

Here is court evangelical Robert Jeffress on Fox Business News last night. He rightly condemns racism, as he has been doing all along.  This is good.  But he also defends the POTUS,  saying that Trump wants to condemn “all racism.”  I’m not sure what he means here by “all racism.”  Is he somehow referring to … Continue reading Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress: Trump Should Not Apologize for Charlottesville Statements. “He Did Just Fine”

Another Court Evangelical Doubles Down on Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks

Over at the Federalist, a writer named Daniel Payne has a piece titled “Trump Spoke Truth About ‘Both Sides’ In Charlottesville, And The Media Lost Their Minds.”  As the title suggests, this piece defends Trump’s remarks on Tuesday and seems to have no problem with his attempt to put the white supremacists in Charlottesville on … Continue reading Another Court Evangelical Doubles Down on Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks

Trump’s Words About Charlottesville May Have A Silver Lining

Trump’s failure to unequivocally denounce racism in Charlottesville and his decision to make this all about monuments has hopefully made Americans more appreciative of what historians do. Think about it. Over the course of the last week Americans have been offered history lessons on race, African-American history, the Confederacy, the Civil War, the difference between … Continue reading Trump’s Words About Charlottesville May Have A Silver Lining

Sadly, What Happened in Charlottesville IS American

As Bruce Springsteen likes to say, “I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.” Sadly, there is often a great gulf that separates the promise of America and American reality.  I thought about Springsteen’s quote as I read Joshua Zeitz‘s piece at Politico: “What Happened in Charlottesville Is … Continue reading Sadly, What Happened in Charlottesville IS American

How Did Your Church Respond To What Happened in Charlottesville?

Yesterday I was proud of my largely white evangelical church.  My pastor took time to condemn the racists who came to Charlottesville on Saturday and reminded us that “God grieves” at such behavior.  He asked us to pray for the victims and their families.  He asked us to pray for changed hearts among the white … Continue reading How Did Your Church Respond To What Happened in Charlottesville?

Trump Follows the Presidential Script in the Wake of the Florida School Shootings

I was happy to contribute to Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s piece at The Washington Post.  Here is a taste: Trump’s speech mimics a long American tradition of using religion to address a national tragedy. “We expect our president to address evil and calm fears in this way,” said John Fea, a professor of history at Messiah College in … Continue reading Trump Follows the Presidential Script in the Wake of the Florida School Shootings

Journalist Ed Kilgore Reviews Brody and Lamb’s *The Faith of Donald Trump: A Spiritual Biography*

It is not pretty.  Kilgore says that the book should actually be titled Our Faith in Donald Trump.  Here is a taste of his review at New York Magazine: But ultimately, as the increasingly hagiographic tone of the book shows, Brody and Lamb and the conservative Evangelical thought-leaders they represent are working hard to overcome any doubts … Continue reading Journalist Ed Kilgore Reviews Brody and Lamb’s *The Faith of Donald Trump: A Spiritual Biography*

The “I am no longer an evangelical because of Donald Trump” genre

A new genre is emerging in popular religious writing in America.  Let’s call it the “I am no longer an evangelical because of Donald Trump” genre.  I have flirted with this genre many times here and elsewhere, but never to the degree of Illiff School of Theology profressor Miguel De La Torre.  In a scathing … Continue reading The “I am no longer an evangelical because of Donald Trump” genre

Court Evangelical Johnnie Moore “Walks the Line”

Check out Michelle Boorstein’s and Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s Washington Post piece on court evangelical Johnnie Moore.  The thirty-four-year-old political operative says on his webpage that people think he is “one of the world’s more influential young leaders” and a “modern day Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Boorstein and Bailey describe him as the “gatekeeper” for the court evangelicals.  He has to … Continue reading Court Evangelical Johnnie Moore “Walks the Line”

Is Political Correctness a Two-Way Street?

Aaron Hanlon, an English professor at Colby College, thinks that it is. Here is a taste of his Chronicle of Higher Education piece, “Political Correctness Has Run Amok–on the Right“: Take a recent incident at Liberty University. An evangelical pastor who was critical of President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s support for the Trump administration was removed from campus and … Continue reading Is Political Correctness a Two-Way Street?