Dr. Obery Hendricks

Obery Hendricks, Jr.

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Why Martin Luther King Had to Die

On February 12, 1968, Martin Luther King and his staff completed the master plan for what they dubbed the “Poor People’s Campaign.” The purpose of the campaign was to mobilize masses of impoverished Americans of all races and regions to descend upon the nation’s capital to “place the problems of the poor at the seat …

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Mitt Romney and the Curse of Blackness

What concerns me is this: the Book of Mormon, the book that Mitt Romney and all Mormons embrace as divinely revealed scripture that is more sacred, more true, and more inerrant than any other holy book on earth, declares that black people are cursed.

The Pope, the Bible and Trickle-Down Economics

Conservatives since Reagan have continued his pugnacious quest to institutionalize trickle-down as the government’s dominant economic philosophy. Largely as a result of their efforts, the chasm between rich and poor today is the widest on record and getting wider.

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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Don’t Blame It on the Bible

Most Americans who oppose gay rights and same-sex marriage justify their opposition by turning to the Bible. But does the Bible really oppose homosexuality? You’d be surprised. At the end of March, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which denies gay Americans the right to legally marry. …

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