Dr. Obery Hendricks

Obery Hendricks, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, the Beloved Community and the Socialist Idea

“I speak the password primeval… I give the sign of democracy; By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpoint of on equal terms.” — Walt Whitman Recently on The Huffington Post I explored Martin Luther King’s rejection of capitalist logic and his endorsement of Democratic Socialism as an antidote to the …

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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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