"I don't need to live in a country were Christians are in charge and I don't understand people who think that would make it better in any way."
[The first thing I did with the congregation post-election was to solicit reactions and hold an evening prayer for those who wanted to share their reactions to the election.]
For sixteen years, presidents and leaders of both parties were clear that we did not blame all Muslims for the actions of a fringe conspiracy that cloaked itself with a holy scripture.
A five year old tells the story of the spring of 1942, when soldiers with bayonets brought his family to a concentration camp.
American history is often dark but surprises us with our ability at times to do the right thing in spite of ourselves.
Where, when, how did America go wrong?
This nation always has incidents of hate, bias and discrimination. Mostly these are isolated and often they are anonymous. The past twelve months we have seen greater frequency and boldness.
In 2004, Phillip Roth wrote a book about an American election that was turned upside down by the entrance of a candidate for president who was an international celebrity, who ran as an outsider with a populist message and was accused of being too close to America’s enemies and too dismissive of America’s alliances.