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The Roots of Racism in American Christianity

A snarky take on God, gold, and glory – the roots of racism.

America has a history of using faith to justify a whole host of sins. Topping that list is racism. It’s our country’s original sin. With that being said, how can Conservatives idealize America as a country founded on Christian values? Jesus certainly wasn’t a racist, so why do so many of his followers still cling to hatred and bigotry? It just doesn’t make sense. A majority of American Christianity definitely has a problem with self-delusion and hypocrisy. So how did all of this come about?

This week, we sit down with Rhonda Ragsdale, a social justice educator. Rhonda has a Master’s in U.S. History, Southern History, and Sociology. She’ll walk us through the historical roots of racism and how, especially in the South, those roots are indelibly intertwined with religion.

Don’t believe me? Just look to the last election. 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump. 80% of them voted for cosplay cowboy and part-time pedophile, Roy Moore. Then look at the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s the largest non-Catholic Christian denomination in the United States. The whole reason they use the moniker “Southern” in their name speaks to how they were founded by splitting from Northern Baptists over the issue of slavery. Christianity has a long history of being used to justify slavery and racism, but it shouldn’t be so.

In theory, shouldn’t the religious be less bigoted? That’s just not the case in reality. We see American Christianity continuing to be used to justify right-wing ideologies and push hate against groups it opposes. Faith was never meant to be weaponized. How did we get here? Hint: it’s all about God, gold, and glory.

Join us as we talk about racism now and racism then and just how we got to where we are at. One thing is clear, none of this has anything to do with Jesus.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

You can find Rhonda Ragsdale on Twitter: @ProfRagsdale

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The Nashville Hate-Ment

A snarky take on the Nashville Statement

A rundown of the aftermath of Hurricane Osteen in Houston and its implications on American Christianity. We’ll also delve into the muddy waters of the hate filled Nashville Statement and how it damages faith. How do Christians respond to Christian hate? What happens when your spiritual family is bigoted?

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Houston We Have a Problem

A snarky take on on the flaccid state of the American church

A rundown of the travesty of Hurricane Harvey and the glaring lack of response from Lakewood Church, Houston’s (and one of American’s) biggest churches. While Joel Osteen hides away in his mansion thousands suffer. What should Christians do when their churches fall short? What happens when business-as-usual gets in the way of a mission. Hint: nothing good.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Eclipse Insanity

A snarky take on the American eclipse

A rundown of the conservative Christian insanity over the eclipse. If natural sights and wonders lead you to condemn others while you profit off your careers you have definitely taken a wrong turn (spiritually). Instead of navel-gazing, we need to see the obvious evil in the world today and seek to find ways to deal with it. Here’s a hint… there’s more evil in the White House, in our churches, and amongst the Trump supporters than there is up in the skies. Stop looking for up for answers and engage well with the problems of today. Hypocrisy may pay the bills for Christian leaders, but it steals your soul and has nothing to do with God’s kingdom.

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Racism, Business as Usual and the Church

A snarky take on Charlottesville, VA

White nationalists and counter-protesters gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Violence ensued. How should people of faith respond to racism in America? We’ll talk through 10 every way days we allow racism to still happen. We live in a crazy world and sanity, humanity and compassion should drive us forward into the future. Hopefully.

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Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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A Post-Election Mess and Unchurching Part 2

A snarky take on the post-election aftermath

Snarky Faith 11/15/16

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A rundown of the post-election mess through the lens of teenagers. I (Stuart) attended a recent denominational youth conference with my daughter and experienced a race-related mess that could have been averted. Will Christians ever learn how to do the right thing instead of covering their own asses? Probably not. We’ve also got the second part of the Unchurching interview with the great Richard Jacobson. Join us for the talk about balancing faith in the face of institutional trappings. There’s always hope, but, that’s usually on the path least taken.

Tune in to find out more…