The pizzatorium is open for business again. I completed a sabbatical over the summer, providing a long-needed break from commentary and agitation. Sadly, the causes demanding attention have not gone away - many have actually worsened.
For much of the fall, I watched the campaign of our now fascist-elect with disbelief. As a student of the German state of mind in the Nazi era, I could not bring myself to believe that Americans would elect someone like Donald Trump. And like almost everyone, I trusted the polls that never gave his campaign a chance to succeed.
The unthinkable has happened. Why is no longer relevant. What we do now is critical.
The time for sitting on the sidelines is over. My path is clear. As a minister possessing most of the categories of privilege this society offers, I must speak out and act up. The clarion call must resound and signal the need for action.
In the coming months, I intend to be relentless in calling out hypocrisy and raising up opportunities to stand as allies with the legion of people threatened by this regime. As Rachel Maddow says, "Watch this space."