Finally had a chance to watch First Reformed last night. I’m no film critic, but to me it has the feel of a masterpiece. It prompts so many questions about true religion, courage… not to mention the environmental angle. We’ll be watching it in my Environmental Politics course.

If it didn’t appear this hawk(?) had a broken wing, we’d leave it outside. With local wildlife centers closed, it appears this is the best we can do. I don’t even know if it needs that water, but someone suggested it. We just hope we’re not hurting more than we’re helping.

The death penalty? Given our context, it's not a difficult question

If I were to think through something like the death penalty in a vacuum, apart from social context (this may be impossible), I imagine I’d find arguments against the death penalty more persuasive than arguments for it, but it might be a close call and I might have to do a lot more thinking on the issue.* But the fact is that I don’t have to think much more about it because we aren’t having this conversation in a vacuum. We’re having it in a country where the scales of the criminal justice system are tipped against certain groups. That sytem, from legislation and administraiton to on-the-street enforcement and legal proceedings – including, but not limited to, sentencing – is so incredibly tilted against the poor and laden with the legacy of white supremacy y that I could not possibly justify support for the death penalty. If we ever resolve those problems, then I might just have to take another look at my position.

*(No, I don’t think there’s anything straightfoward about Genesis 9:6, Romans 13, or any other passage that all of a sudden makes this simple from a Christian perspective. I find it really straightforward to reject the simple arguments on either side.)

Best tomatoes I’ve had all year, by a wide margin. Got them at Wheaton French Market from Kyle Froelich/Sunny Harvest Farms (Berrien Center, MI).

Links/RTs rarely=endorsement, often=“Intriguing”

Updating the profile to make the ambiguity as clear as possible. ;)

Soial media algorithms put people in categories — they HAVE to put people in categories to work — but we as Twitter users should probably do the opposite by resisting the impulse to think we understand what something like an RT or “Like” means and definitely not using those as heuristics. I can’t imagine a platform on which we’re more likely to misunderstand each other than Twitter.

(Posting here because while Twitter seems to be the worst for this, no platform is immune from this problem.)