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Religious Right Historian: Net Neutrality is “Unbiblical Socialism”

…ant to give FCC the authority to tell people who actually provide the internet [again, they don’t provide the internet, only access to it] what they can and can’t do with it. Now, what people like yourself and myself mean is no government interference; it’s pretty straightforward. Republicans and conservatives have always tried to keep the internet totally free. But of course we know they have not tried to keep it totally free, except in the very…

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When Religion Becomes a Trap Rather Than a Safety Net

…ks’s protagonist, a young girl trapped rather than supported by the safety net religion is supposed to supply, trying desperately to acquire some security despite parents who repeatedly put her in harm’s way. Ricks’s memoir inspired students to begin writing themselves; some of their short memoirs are compiled in a collection called We Are Absolutely Not Okay. Bowker and Ricks also produced a study guide for other teachers interested in using Hipp…

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Lo and Behold, the Sacredness of the Internet

…of a positive future for humanity it often begins to look like the interplanetary human existence proposed by Elon Musk. But does the story of the internet need to be told with all these religious resonances? A visit to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California (down the street from the Googleplex) uses thousands of objects to tell the story of computers and information technology. The museum presents the development of technology a…

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The “Southern Cage”: How the Myth of the Redemptive Depression Keeps Blacks at the Margins

…churches had been doing as they had helped patch together a limited safety net in the early twentieth century. Many southern cities did not offer municipal relief. Instead, denominations and municipalities provided institutional care: poorhouses, hospitals, settlement houses, orphanages, and so forth—all of them segregated, with far more resources for whites than for blacks. Local churches sometimes helped people with food, clothing, and fuel. At…

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Can I Get Some Birth Control Pills With That Slushie?: Unpacking the Contraceptive Mandate Rollback

…leged white women usually have another option available even if the safety net isn’t there. Women of color, LGBTQ women, undocumented women, and low-income or rural women are the main ones who suffer from legislation like this because they had so few options to begin with. PM: Cardinal Dolan, who led the first and fundamental round of the Catholic Church’s opposition to the mandate, famously espoused this idea that contraceptives are so widely ava…

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Single, But Married To Jesus

…the economic spectrum; however, the majority of them have five dollars of net worth in the bank, trust Jesus, and hope that a man who is like “The Pastor” will emerge when the doors of the church open. Despite my sarcasm, I can tell you that this is the story in many a black church on Sunday morning. So before Steve Harvey and any of that jackleg, scripture-spouting, church-hoppin’, marriage-worshipping crowd starts to talk about how I am a hater…

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Fix the Economy GOD’$ WAY: Dave Ramsey’s Great Christian Recovery

…eft, and persists in schemes to privatize all aspects of the social safety net. Echoing the Tea Party caucus, Ramsey denies the grave implications of the debt-limit ceiling, assuring his Twitter followership that the government will still function (and who needs all those Cabinet Departments anyway?). The irony, of course, is that those who most preach “personal responsibility” seem content for the nation to renege on its own national responsibili…

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Soccer and the Sublime in the Shadow of Apartheid

…s than most this year. He’s a player of flair, lithe and lethal around the net. Born in Africa, he took advantage of his athletic skill to move to wealthy Europe at age 14, where the best footballers are treated like gods and paid even better. He’s the highest paid player in Italian club football, but but when he was traded from Real Madrid to Barcelona he told the press corps, “I mean to run like a black man so I can live like a white one.” This…

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The Right Wing Bible and the Politics of Impotence

…the recent economic crises from many quarters has been to slash the safety net that keeps such inequalities from being even worse.      Any American could worry about these problems, but being the parent of two preschool-age children brings the questions home in a special way: How is America really doing? And specifically, how are we doing at raising generations who see problems clearly and have the guts to take a stand? Kids are growing up in sch…

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Taking the Economy Back From the Elites: Blessed Are the Organized

…e deterioration of organizational strength elsewhere in society. So it’s a net loss. Another very significant factor is that a large proportion of the underclass is either in prison or undocumented—and therefore disenfranchised. Do you think that any kind of spiritual awakening—or religious awakening, since people so often distinguish the two—is requisite for grassroots organizing? The book’s last chapter discusses a couple of passages in Walden w…

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