Category Archives: Faith

Justice might be a Biblical command, but it’s a government job

By Robert Mann Imagine you’re walking along the Mississippi River with friends when you spy a figure bobbing in the water. It’s a child. There’s no time to summon the police, so you swim to save it. Later, another child … Continue reading

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He may be Louisiana’s longest-serving mayor, but he’s my mentor

By Robert Mann I’m sure when I arrived in his undergraduate economics course at Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in the spring of 1978, Professor Dave Norris took little notice of me. I was a journalism … Continue reading

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Trump’s bigotry, fearmongering will make America weak again

By Robert Mann Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” For years, Donald Trump showed us that he is a bigot. So why is anyone surprised when his policies match his … Continue reading

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Good Christian friends, rejoice, there is no war on Christmas

By Robert Mann At the Louisiana Capitol on Tuesday, I counted seven large Christmas trees adorning the building’s Memorial Hall. And I thought, “That’s some brutal war on Christmas our government is waging.” I’m not sure when the preposterous notion … Continue reading

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Attorney General Jeff Landry’s cynical legal moves

By Robert Mann In 2015, a transgender man from Lake Charles filed a federal sex discrimination suit, alleging the financial services company he worked for fired him after he refused his boss’ order to dress as a female. While the … Continue reading

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When will some churches stop treating transgender people as modern-day lepers?

By Robert Mann Theodore Parker, the 19th century Unitarian minister and abolitionist, was right: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” History takes a circuitous route, but it inexorably gravitates toward acknowledging the dignity … Continue reading

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Pastor Protection Bill is a ‘solution’ in search of a problem

By Robert Mann Its official name is the “Pastor Protection Bill.” If the Louisiana House had a truth-in-advertising rule for legislation, however, the measure working its way through the Legislature would be known as the “Let’s Help Elect Mike Johnson … Continue reading

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