Dr. Obery Hendricks

Obery Hendricks, Jr.

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Conservatism

The Right-Wing, the Bible and the November Elections

We are living in insane times. Like purveyors of a bad Orwellian joke, right-wing politicians and figures on the religious right too numerous to count have hijacked the meanings of justice and equity and, with cynical self-righteousness, have perverted them into something the biblical writers themselves would scarcely recognize. The Old Testament and the Gospel …

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10 Questions for the Presidential Candidates at the Intersection of Faith and Social Justice

The values and mores of America’s faith traditions have long influenced our political and policy discourse. Faith leaders from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X to Jerry Falwell and James Dobson have helped to frame the debate on issues of the day. Particularly in presidential election cycles, candidates have frequently invoked …

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Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and the Sins of Ideological Christianity

In recent years America has watched conservative politicians claim that their policies and political rhetoric are the direct result of adherence to biblical principles, if not the fruit of divine guidance. From George W. Bush’s 2003 claim that, “God … instructed me to strike at Saddam”; to Sarah Palin’s public identification of her own political …

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What the Bible Really Teaches About Marriage Equality

“The [Constitution] must draw its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.” Chief Justice Earl Warren On June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court legalized same sex marriages. According to a June 30, 2015 CNN poll, 59 percent of Americans agreed with the decision. Yet many …

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The Moral Failure of the Ryan Budget

In this election year, our country is facing many choices about leaders and approaches to governing that will have a profound effect on future policies. In an era of increasingly partisan politics, routine measures like developing the annual federal budget have become highly politicized. Ultimately, governmental budgets are moral documents that reflect the values, priorities, …

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