Category: Current Politics

The Populists and the Pandemic

Recently the world commemorated VE day, celebrating the vast global effort to defeat fascism, an inhuman ideology which sacrificed life on the altar of materialism. The Queen gave a speech to her quarantined subjects: declaring that ‘our streets are not...

/ May 20, 2020

Manliness, Courage, Performance

“By the way, the WWII vets did not wear masks. They’re men, not cowards. Masks=enforced cowardice.” So tweeted Rusty Reno, editor of First Things, in mid-May, giving voice to how some Americans have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing...

/ May 15, 2020

Thinking Christianly About the Ahmaud Arbery Lynching

Let’s start here. This is what we know about what happened in February in Brunswick GA when Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed according to the New York Times: BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how...

/ May 7, 2020

Lynching Then and Lynching Now: Racial Justice as Christian Imperative

The United States has a long history of racial terror lynchings. Particularly from the Civil War until this day, thousands of Black men, women and children have been indiscriminately killed for a myriad of reasons. When that killing took place...

/ May 7, 2020

To Help Persecuted Christians the U.S. Needs to Freeze the Buhari Regime’s Stolen Funds

Six years ago, in 2014, the Isle of Jersey managed to seize over $300 million dollars in embezzled funds from the grip of the warlord and notorious human rights violator General Sani Abacha, who had previously ruled Nigeria with an...

/ April 29, 2020

Clash of Idols

The connection between political life and idolatry will not be evident to everyone, but it definitely exists, especially within the various ideological visions vying for influence in the corridors of power. An idol is a surrogate god—something to which we...

/ April 27, 2020

What the Coronavirus Reveals: An Invitation to American Evangelicals Who Have Been Quoting that C.S. Lewis Essay

The argument of this essay is simple. I want to invite Christians, particularly American evangelicals, to a new consideration of how the coronavirus might cause them to rethink what kind of healthcare policy ought to mark a flourishing society. I...

/ April 23, 2020

Moral Realism, Public Health, and Truth-telling Amid COVID-19

As the lockdown proceeds with no official end date in sight, we must turn our attention to a new reality confronting us: It is impossible to proceed with a lockdown to prevent COVID-19 deaths without other harms resulting. This was...

/ April 14, 2020

What America Needs Now: A Williamson National Unity Cabinet

By the Mere O Editors In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden declared that he would nominate a woman as his vice-presidential running mate. That felt right at the time. But times have changed. Biden needs to go much, much...

/ April 8, 2020

Our Lives or Our Freedoms: The Fear of Tyranny in a Time of Pandemic

There’s a famous scene in the movie, Braveheart, a 1995 film that became something of a classic among embattled Christian conservatives who liked to see our own battle with “Big Government” in the romanticized terms of a Scottish epic. Riding...

/ April 8, 2020