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Touching on American religious history and sociology of Christianity, feminism and racism, worth a look is this article by Sharon Otterman in the NYT Metropolitan section (Sunday). It’s about Zaraphath Christian Church, described as the flagship congregation of the Pillar of Fire, a Methodist offshoot founded in 1901 by Alma Bridwell White.
The article describes the transformation of the congregation into a vibrant (and multi-racial?) contemporary mega-church, and how the church either confronts (or ignores) the complex historical legacy of its founder.
Here’s from the article:
“The woman at the center of Zarephath’s story was born in 1862 to a poor family in rural Kentucky. Mollie Alma Bridwell, as she was known then, grew up wanting to be a preacher, but was told to marry one instead. Chafing at the restrictions, she started preaching in Denver, where her Methodist preacher husband was posted, and ultimately formed her own church. When…
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By Alan Gilman in the USA:
Intensifying his attack on NFL players, Trump continues to incite the ultra-right
28 September 2017
During a campaign appearance September 22 in Alabama, President Donald Trump called for National Football League (NFL) owners to fire players who kneeled in protest during the national anthem. As Trump provocatively bellowed, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired,” the right-wing audience erupted in wild applause and chanted “USA,USA,USA.”
By “disrespect” Trump was referring to protests begun last year by San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who initiated the practice of refusing to stand during the playing of…
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