Some Thoughts on National Remembrance and Christian Terrorism

So Memorial Day wasn't too long ago, and I've been thinking about my mixed feelings about patriotism and group remembrances. I don't think patriotism is inherently bad, but I also think that questioning where our patriotic energy is directed is a healthy thing. Be wary of people who encourage blind patriotism. The Nazis were patriotic. … Continue reading Some Thoughts on National Remembrance and Christian Terrorism

Sometimes I realize I’ve been lied to: Revisiting narratives we tell ourselves about terrorism + extremism

Do you ever still feel a nauseating shock when you realize you’ve been lied to? I know many of us have expressed feeling this when we got out of homeschool-ville and fundamentalist Christianity in one way or another. I visited the Oklahoma City bombing memorial on my way to Texas a little over a week … Continue reading Sometimes I realize I’ve been lied to: Revisiting narratives we tell ourselves about terrorism + extremism

Where have all the ribbons gone? | How Americans remember those who died during 9/11

Thirteen years is long enough for memory to grow stale. But it can’t erase video footage. For twelve years, I have remembered 9/11 by reliving it. I planted dozens of flags with the College Republicans on campus until my thumbs blistered, I viewed dramatizations with my family, I held the steel beam of the World … Continue reading Where have all the ribbons gone? | How Americans remember those who died during 9/11