Dr. Obery Hendricks

Obery Hendricks, Jr.


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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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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The Moral Measure of Obama’s Presidency

In several recent articles, President Obama has been characterized as ignoring African American religious leaders despite having received overwhelming support from the black religious community. In two of those articles I was characterized as one of those critics. I was even quoted as claiming that the president “does not respect black ministers.” For the record, …

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The Gift of Amiri Baraka

If you are lucky, or blessed, you will meet someone of such wisdom, courage, creativity and conviction that their influence, the very force of their spirit, will abide with you for the rest of your life. If you are particularly blessed, their presence will inspire you to be your best and strongest self. Other than …

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