From Common-place, a special issue on religion and politics, including Edward J. Blum (SDSU): The Kingdom of Satan in America: Weaving the Wicked Web of Antebellum Religion and Politics. Elizabeth Pollman (Loyola): Corporate Law and Theory in Hobby Lobby. It used to be that budget cuts were the best way to kill a law you hated but lacked the votes to formally repeal; now the mantra is: If you can’t beat ’em, out-God ’em. Rod Dreher on Christianity’s American problem (and more) After losing on same-sex marriage, conservative Christians find a new enemy. Sally Kohn on the new post-homophobic Christianity: Most Christians are going to adapt to the new America just fine. Conservatives hate new Pope now, for being dumb commie tree-hugger (and more). Jesus would hate Christian blogger Matt Walsh just as much as you do. Growing up fundie: Jennifer C. Martin on the painful impact of conservative religion. Mornings with Jesus magazine joins guideposts in “guiding” the way spiritually.


Catherine Rottenberg (Ben Gurion): Happiness and the Liberal Imagination: How Superwoman Became Balanced. Cable News Charnel: Alex Pareene on mayhem as a guide for living: “To the cable news camera, structural oppression is harder to capture than a burning cop car”. Team Obama knows China is behind the OPM hack — why won’t they say so? (and more) Andrea Grimes on a fact-based guide to resisting anti-choice propaganda in the wake of the attack on Planned Parenthood. Do white liberals have a Bernie Sanders problem? (and more and more) Alex Abad-Santos on the Gawker meltdown, explained. Henry Farrell on a brief theory of Very Serious People. Anatole Kaletsky on why the Greek deal will work. Glenn Greenwald on how the spirit of Judy Miller is alive and well at the NYT, and it does great damage. Amartya Sen steps down as chancellor of the new Nalanda University after run-in with the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Rachel Harmon (Virginia): Federal Programs and the Real Costs of Policing. President Obama touts Camden as a model of police demilitarization — but the city has taken counterinsurgency surveillance to a new level. Ted Hamilton on police violence and the shifting definition of “objective reasonableness”: What looks objectively reasonable to a judge might be far different from what looks reasonable to a rookie officer or to an observer. Why Baltimore blew up: It wasn't just the killing of Freddie Gray — Matt Taibbi goes inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages and covers up police violence. History shows police violence is intractable, so what should we do? We must end the police. Katherine Spillar on how more female police officers would help stop police brutality. Sandra Bland arrest video explains nothing about her death, everything about dick Texas cop (and more and more and more). Nice white dad mysteriously dies in police custody, we can talk police brutality now?

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