[W]hen you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything. When I first heard Donald J. Trump brag about sexually assaulting women, I froze. I also froze when he said that these statements were merely “locker room talk,” and that focusing on them is a “distraction from the important issues.” What I mean by “I froze” is that I did not have the words, in those moments, to explain what I thought or felt….Continue Reading “Trauma and Recovery in the Era of Trump: A View to Mircea Eliade, Michel Foucault, and the World of Biblical Narrative”

In the weeks preceding and following the election, I was challenged by the visceral responses from left, right, and center of this artificial political system constructed it seems to disenfranchise the oppressed and benefit the oppressors. I was and still am never sure of being on the right (or left) side of history (or eternity); compared to so many, I am privileged and thus called to responsibility, though compared to the rulers I am a mere pawn in the ruthless game of neoliberal capitalism. But…Continue Reading “A (Com)Passionate Response”

I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes. —Job 3:26 I. I’m angry. I’m pissed off. I’m enraged. And while I am not interested in attempting to justify why anger and rage are appropriate responses, I ask myself: How do we think theologically through, from, and against our rage? In the wake of the announcement of Donald Trump as the projected winner of the 2016 Presidential Election, I felt an impulsive response come over my body. I…Continue Reading “¡Vete a la verga! Or, Notes on a Queer Chicano Theology and Ethics of Rage”

Progressive Christians are familiar with the biblical reading strategy: identify a prophetic moment—best if you can quote Jesus—and extend the pure meaning of the passage in support of the world’s marginalized over against their oppressors. While I am sympathetic to this sort of engagement with the Bible, I wonder how useful this tactic is in the United States of Trump. Indeed, if Trump won the presidency because he mobilized disenfranchised rural, white voters with appeals to xenophobia and misogyny, is a reading strategy that pits…Continue Reading “Hearing Voices in Haunted Scriptures”

Since I was a child, one of my favorite Christmas specials was Dr. Suess’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The Grinch, whose heart was “two sizes too small,” tries to stop Christmas from coming by stealing all the lights, food, decorations, and presents on Christmas Eve. Yet, much to the Grinch’s surprise: Every Who down in Whoville, the tall the small, Was singing! Without any presents at all! He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming, it CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same! Of…Continue Reading “Christmas After the 2016 Election”