Longing for a Real Thanksgiving
This year's lonely holiday offers a chance for national repentance
November 26, 2020
On Zealous and Unrepentant Times
A Call to Self-Reflection amidst a Dangerous Devotion
September 28, 2020
"Kill the Indian in the Child"
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has verified reports and testimony by survivors—they do not call themselves “graduates” or “alumni”—of First Nations schools, whose mission had long been announced: “kill the Indian in the child.” Fol...
July 2, 2018
But Who's Counting?
The “Global North” is where most Sightings readers live. In his new book Crusade and Jihad (Yale, 2018), historian William R. Polk includes in this neighborhood China, Russia, Europe, Britain, and America, plus, presumably, “et cetera.” His subtitle ...
June 18, 2018
Last Monday the Sightings editor republished a “classic” column from a previous century, specifically from 1999. What was I doing that kept me from writing and presenting a fresh item? One answer could be: I was sinning, so I would have something tha...
October 30, 2017
A mission of Sightings and the special mission assigned me here is to relate faith and faiths, as mediated by media, to public life. My sub-mission is to keep suggesting that many, if not most religious “happenings” occur away from polls, “pols,” and...