“Democracy and God have failed" captures the spirit of this provocative collection of essays. Arguing that religion must be used for the expansion of democracy, Sekou takes up gay marriage, economic justice, and social movements. Written in Parisian cafes, London’s ghettos, and the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake and post-Katrina New Orleans, Gods, Gays, and Guns is a spiritual tour-de-force, revealing a crisis of faith in religion and democracy.
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urbansouls foreshadows the Ferguson uprising by offering keen insight on the social and cultural situation of the greater St. Louis region. Written while serving as a youth pastor and community center director in the late ‘90s, Sekou reads the religious sensibilities of hip hop as a meaning-making activity for those who have been alienated from society's traditional institutions such as the church.