Op-eds

The latest op-eds from Anthea Butler

Honoring the memory of Lamin Sanneh, Yale Divinity School expert on world Christianity

 Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School, died unexpectedly from a stroke on Sunday (Jan. 6). He was 76. In the words of Simeon llesanmi, “An African Academic Elephant has indeed fallen”— meaning that a great individual has died. Sanneh’s scholarly contributions spanned more than 20 books as author and editor, and …

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Rosemarie Aquilina was the judge most sexual assault victims wish they had in court

In a legal system that often puts the abused on trial, rather than abusers, the judge in the Nassar case blazed a new trail. “I just signed your death warrant.” With those stark words, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina pronounced sentencing on Dr. Larry Nassar, a convicted serial sexual abuser; though convicted on a handful of abuse and child …

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BILLY GRAHAM AND THE GOSPEL OF AMERICAN NATIONALISTIC CHRISTIANITY

Billy Graham’s death on the same day as the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X is an interesting postscript to the life of America’s premier evangelist of Americanism. It would take an outsider to deftly articulate Graham’s mission. In his speech, Message to the Grassroots, Malcolm X said: “I have watched how Billy Graham comes into a …

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Democrats will lose in 2018 if they don’t shut up about civility and shout about our democracy dying.

The minority party has to start playing the long game, and playing it to win, or we’re all going to suffer. Rejoice, Republicans, you will have another majority on your hands, because Democratic messaging for the 2018 election cycle is nonexistent. Harsh? Not even. The unimaginative leaders of the Democratic Party — Senate Minority Leader …

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The grand jury report about Catholic priest abuse in Pennsylvania shows the church is a criminal syndicate

The Catholic church hierarchy systematically covered up the abuse of at least 1,000 kids by 300 priests over 70 years.  It is time to face the horrible truth: The Catholic church is a pedophile ring. According to the grand jury report of six dioceses in Pennsylvania, over a period of 70 years, 300 priests abused …

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The Catholic Church Has Yet To Repent For Its Sex Abuse Scandals

After the film “Spotlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston issued a statement regarding the importance of the film for giving a voice to sexual abuse survivors. One sentence in his statement was particularly telling: By providing in-depth reporting on the history of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the …

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Separating Families And Calling It Christian Is An American Tradition

In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845, Douglass named the true religion of America. America was not a Christian nation, he wrote, because it followed the gospel of “the slaveholding religion.” In describing “the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land,” he concluded that …

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Starbucks Arrests Show How Gentrification Endangers Black Lives

White fear and loathing of black bodies has struck again in the city of brotherly love. The viral video of Philadelphia police arresting two African-American men at Starbucks last week is yet another reminder that black lives in America are deemed to be disposable. Moreover, it’s a reminder that capitalism and gentrification and the systematic erasure …

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