My latest column looks at the momentous events of last week and at how justice comes from recognition, as the president put it, of ourselves in each other. Here's a portion:
President Obama had the best week of his career last week, with victories on trade, fair housing, healthcare and marriage equality that cemented his legacy. But instead of taking a victory lap, he capped his week with a eulogy in the form of a sermon on grace.
Black churches have figured prominently in my thoughts lately. On Stonewall Sunday, going through my Twitter feed, I found a joint Father's Day sermon delivered the week before by the Revs. Otis Moss II and III at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In addition to being LGBT-affirming, Trinity is famous for its tradition of prophetic preaching, thanks to video loops of its previous pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that roiled the 2008 presidential campaign.
Near the close of Justice Anthony Kennedy's marriage opinion, he gave a nod to Jim Obergefell: "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death." Outside the court, Obergefell held a photo of his late husband and took a call from the president. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," tacitly embracing the words above the court's entrance: "Equal Justice Under Law."
The act of domestic terror that took the president to South Carolina later that day was intended by its perpetrator to start a race war. As Obama noted, however, when Dylann Roof murdered pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other members of Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. Church at a Bible study meeting, he did not account for the power of grace.
An excellent piece by our friend Jonathan Rauch on one of our opponents' favorite red herrings, which goes: gay marriage today, polygamy tomorrow!
I just want to marry one man. That apparently isn't scary enough, so they make up a nonexistent push for polygamy. That is historically a straight problem anyway. Why is it dumped on gay people? That whole argument is desperate. Essentially the argument is that any change requires making every conceivable change. No it doesn't. Next.
This is priceless. A parade of yahoos in pickup trucks waving Confederate flags gets into a wreck, while the videographer gleefully narrates.
God don't like ugly!"
Franciscan friar suggests words for bishops to bridge the marriage equality chasm between Catholics in the church. http://t.co/Y31kf5Jk5M— New Ways Ministry (@NewWaysMinistry) June 30, 2015
It would be nice if the bishops had the grace to use that text. But what is needed is doctrinal change, and there is no evidence that the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church have any intention of budging. Life is just too short.
If call for rejecting SCOTUS same-sex decision is a 21st century version of 1950s “massive resistance” to Brown v. Board, it won’t work.— Eleanor H. Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 29, 2015