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Kelly Gissendaner and the Ethics of Execution

Last weekend I was mindlessly flipping through my Facebook feed when I came across the petition to grant clemency to Kelly Gissendaner, the Georgian woman whose execution date was originally set for Feb. 25, 2015. As I read the emotional plea to join in the effort to grant Gissendaner a chance to live out her…

The Insatiability of Hope

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Today a mother and father wept as they buried their son in Ferguson, Missouri. The story has flooded us for the past two weeks. Two friends were walking down the road. They were instructed to take to the sidewalk. There was…

Trayvon, Zimmerman, and Doing the Bare Minimum

“Helping people? That’s crazy! That’s what nuns and Red Cross workers are for!” –George Costansa This past week the nation has been up at arms. And for once, there seems to be a seriously good reason to be concerned. Nobody’s wardrobe malfunctioned, nobody had any apparent contact with Snookie, and the Kardashians didn’t make any…

Gosnell, Abortion, and Genocide

Genocide. This is a word that has become all too familiar to us in the past century. In China, “Chairman” Mao Zedong oversaw the deaths of 58 million people in a span of 31 years. Stalin’s USSR saw 20 million people dead under his regime. More recently, in the past twenty years in Rwanda, Somalia,…

A Retiring Pope and a Sleeping God

This past week, the world has witnessed a completely unprecedented event. The Pope has retired. Ok, fact-checkers. It has happened nine other times in history. The most recent occurrence was in 1415, when Gregory XII threw in the towel to try and unite the Western church in a time when the papacy was constantly contested.…