Thanks, worthywads. Where do I send my bribe--I mean thank-you gift? You like good beer, right? And thanks to phoeb for reading the essay. I don't really see the call for reparations as Christian so much as legal, as Noah Millman points out in the essay I posted somewhere in this thread. As for the repeated claim that I'm preaching, here's how I began the thread: Yep, that's preaching.