Sorry for the extremely uneven posting schedule today, but I had a church lunch to attend at Noon PDT, and it ran a bit long. Matter of fact, I was moderating an adult education class at my church last night at the same time nine fellow Christians were being murdered at a different church in Charleston. Since my church is mostly white and all, we didn’t really have to fear anyone was going to bust in and stop us from meeting, much less try to kill us, as Rick Santorum or Lindsey Graham might have you believe. These birds really get on my last nerve sometimes.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Ta-Nehisi Coates says South Carolina must finally take down its Confederate Battle Flag–the flag embraced by Dylann Roof. Absolutely.

* At TNR Naomi Shavin reintroduces us to the martyr to emancipation, Denmark Vesey, and his ineradicable connection to Emanuel AME Church.

* Big flotilla of former Southern Baptist Convention presidents plus current SBC prez put out statement rejecting any accommodation of marriage for “those struggling with same-sex attraction.” They’re not “struggling,” boys. You are.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys deplores the back-and-forth lurching of government attributable to polarization, gridlock, and the “two electorates” problem that gives the parties alternating advantages every two years.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer hails the advent of presidential campaign talk–vague as it sometimes is–about “debt-free college.”

And in non-political news:

* Big wildfires afflicting Alaska, Arizona, California and Washington.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with one more hymn and civil rights anthem, this one about unshakable resolve: “I Shall Not Be Moved,” as performed by Mississippi John Hurt.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.