Renegade Bloggers Besiege the Southern Baptist Convention.
The bartender may well be the loneliest person in this hotel on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Just feet away from the darkened bar, people mill around the lobby with plastic glasses of lemonade in hand. “Oh, they’re all Baptists,” says Ben … Read More
Texas has never been monolingual, and it never will be
There is a concoction of self-satisfied myth and ignorance about English that is served up at Sunday services, on the floor of the Texas Legislature, in newspaper editorials, and in political party platforms with the alacrity of nachos at a … Read More
George Lakoff and Frank Luntz take on American values and political language.
The conventional view of politics says that people are swayed by words, images, or facts. But that’s false, according to Frank Luntz and George Lakoff, two of the most successful practitioners of political reality construction. They believe that increasingly political … Read More
What Would Jim Sledd Do?
Teaching writing to freshman college students–teaching writing to anyone–is like digging fencepost holes on the prairie. It is necessary work: without a hole there’s no post; without a post, there’s no fence; without a fence–everything falls to entropy. It’s also … Read More
The children of activists struggle with their parents' choices
One spring morning in 1989, Rob Meeropol woke up with a political vision bright in his mind. Since the mid-1970s heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been leading an effort to reopen the case of his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed in … Read More
Worth the Wait?
Does abstinence-only sex education work? Buzz Pruitt and Pat Goodson, two professors of health education at Texas A&M, can’t say. Not yet, anyway. In the last two years, they have received nearly $360,000 from the Texas Department of Health to … Read More