Complimentary? Not Hardly

Outside of a few references to specific people, I haven’t said much about women here and that’s not good. I tend to wear blinders when I start in on certain issues and don’t always see other important ones. Sometimes, it takes a slap upside the head to get my attention and this time was no […]

“Truth In Love”?

That’s a statement you’ll hear a lot from fundamentalist Christians. In fact, it ranks right up there with “Hate the sin, love the sinner” in its use. The only problem is they’re using it wrong, because there’s not a lot of love in some Christian’s speech when it comes to the LGBT community. I’m on my […]

S-A-V-E-D

There’s an old gospel song that goes by that name. The first verse goes: “Some folks jump and down all night and d-a-n-c-e, while others go to church to show brand new h-a-t. And, on their face, the put great gobs of p-a-i-n-t and then, they’ll have the brass to say they’re s-a-v-e-d. Chorus: It’s g-l-o-r-y to know I’m that […]

Slavery is Not a Good Thing

In the discussion about homosexuality and LGBT rights, one of the arguments against a strict, literal interpretation of the verses that seem to condemn that orientation is that the Bible condones slavery. It does, in multiple places and, for me, these are some of the least palatable parts of the Bible. Perhaps the most blatant […]

Being a Prophet Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Even if you’re a self-appointed one, like myself, you’re not going to be popular. That’s because being a prophet means saying things that people don’t want to hear. Most of the time, I avoid this by talking about people who will never read this blog; people who, if they knew me, would probably consider me a […]

Crank Up The Outrage Machine

I know it’s an election year and, because of that, the campaign rhetoric is especially heated. I know that the religious right has a huge propaganda machine and they aren’t afraid to use it. And, I know that, somehow, the idea of compromise has become blasphemy to many Americans on both sides. Which, I also […]

Spiritual Bullying

Spiritual bullying…, not two words you expect to see together, but it happens. Probably the most visible aspect of spiritual bullying is that old chestnut, “Love sinner, hate the sin”, which is almost always applied to LGBT folks. Interesting note, that particular phrase doesn’t come from the Bible. The exact quote comes from Mohandas K. Gandhi’s autobiography. […]

You’re Upset About That?!?

Americans across the country are up in arms about the replacement referees in the NFL. Not really being a fan of the NFL, I really couldn’t care less. I mean, seriously, it’s just a game; a kids game, at that. What really bothers me is that these guys make millions of dollars for playing this kids […]

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

In his book, Jesus Against Christianity: Reclaiming the Missing Jesus,  Jack Nelson- Palmeyer says “Foreign leaders often played priestly factions against each other, recruited cooperative priests and placed them in positions of power. Far removed from the shifting fortunes of the powerful stood the vast majority of common people who were marginalized, and exploited by systems in […]

The Current Unpleasantness

Wednesday, I wrote about the unrest caused in Libya and Egypt by an independent film that showed Islam and the prophet Mohammed in, shall we say, a less than flattering light. 5 Americans were killed, including ambassador Chris Stevens. Since then, more information has come to light. Things like supposed film maker doesn’t exist. Well, he […]