It is standard fare at political rallies these days to hear chants of “USA! USA!” and for political speeches from leaders in both major parties to claim that America is “number one!” and/or to call for changes that will make us “number one” again. But there are some ways in which we lead the world that should not make us feel proud. For example, the USA has more crimes on the books than any other country of similar economic and political influence. This proliferation of newly made-up crimes, the militarization of law enforcement and the privatization of the prison system have produced mass incarceration in this country on an epic scale.
This message is an excerpt from the Bible study, “Upend the tables” by Kelly Fryer, in the July/August 2017 issue of Gather magazine.
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