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Keith Burton

Laying Down the Law

In 2003, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, defied a court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the state court. This public demonstration of religious conviction garnered international attention. This was not the first time that Chief Justice Moore had made the headlines.

Liberal Fundamentalism

I still remember the negative backlash I received from an article I never wrote.  I did scribe almost all of the content. However, when I submitted it to Spectrum for publication, the former editor changed the title without my knowledge or consent.

I Write the Songs - Matthew 11:16-17

After lauding the accomplishments of John the Baptist, Jesus lambasts his generation by echoing the words of a children’s ditty: “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.” This is a “something’s wrong with this picture” type of rhyme. It’s a poem that reflects awareness of the effect that music is supposed to have on individuals. It’s a Jazz funeral nightmare: nobody sheds a tear when the orchestra’s dirge-laden, slightly dissonant chords of  “Just a Closer Walk with Me” evoke a cloud over the funeral procession.

Waking a Generation of Dreamers

I am often asked why a person born in England to Caribbean parents has such a deep interest in African-American affairs. Those who pose this question demonstrate their ignorance of Black history. Although my immediate ancestors hail from the Caribbean, their presence on this side of the world is due to a complex capitalist endeavor where millions of Africans were ripped from their families and forced to fatten the coffers of their European overlords.

Trayvon Martin and the Adventist Imperative

I’m not surprised that I wasn’t surprised by some of the responses to the announcement that Elder Dan Jackson called for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. I knew he would have an audacious amen corner, but I also knew that those among us who caucus with the raucous right would blast him for taking a stand.

Standing Their Ground

Ray Charles Offers Sight to Myopic Christians

I am not a film expert, but after viewing the blockbuster movie “Ray,” I can see why Jamie Foxx was awarded the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of music legend Ray Charles. This hauntingly honest biography reveals a journey filled with tragedy and triumph, failures and faith, cowardice and courage, and helplessness and hope. Not long after witnessing his brother drown in a tub of water, the young Ray was to experience personal tragedy when his vision was cruelly snatched away from him.

¿Debemos permanecer en silencio?

«Entonces también ellos le responderán diciendo: “Señor, ¿cuándo te vimos hambriento, sediento, forastero, desnudo, enfermo o en la cárcel, y no te servimos?” Entonces les responderá diciendo: “De cierto os digo que en cuanto no lo hicisteis a uno de estos más pequeños, tampoco a mí lo hicisteis”» (Mateo 25: 44-45).

Old Yearnings for the New Year

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions and it’s been years since I spent hours on the first day of the year calling everyone in my address book. The truth is, the annual resetting of the calendar brings me more pain than joy. I’ve long rejected the samsara influenced myth that sees the first day of January as some sort of magical reset button. Oh, I wish we did have an opportunity to do some things over, but experience has taught me that this is absolutely impossible.

Random Thoughts on Republican Primary Candidates, Georgia, and the Kingdom


This season’s Republican primary battle makes one wonder if the leading contestants have secretly signed a deal with a reality television promoter. It appears that every day brings a story more shocking than the previous revelation as the drama intensifies by the minute. While the plot thickens, the needle on the public shockometer hardly registers as people’s sensitivities are seemingly immunized to the bizarre dysfunction.

Georgia on His Mind

Has America Forgotten About Slavery?

March 25, 2007, marked the bicentennial of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act passed by the English Parliament in 1807. The Act put an end to the trading of African slaves that had gone on unhindered from 1562 when Queen Elizabeth I endorsed the slaving activities of John Hawkins.

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