The New Jim Crow?

In 1875, the state of North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment about marriage. This one declared “all marriages between a white person and a Negro or between a white person and a person of Negro descent to the third generation inclusive are, hereby, forever prohibited.” Now, when this amendment passed, there were no “activist judges” who […]

Silent No More

I’ve spent quite a few years as a card-carrying Methodist and I can tell you, nothing makes a Methodist more uncomfortable than the disruption of the orderly flow of whatever’s going on. Methodists are obsessed with order and discipline. Hell, the name of the denomination’s rule book is “The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church”. So […]

Tell Me Again How You’re Saving Marriage?

The primary election this year is a novelty for North   Carolina. I don’t remember the last time one made a dime’s worth of difference on the state and national level. That’s changed with the inclusion of Amendment One this time around. For those of you who may be a little out of touch with the Tarheel […]

What’s it Really About?

“Unlike what has been said recently by the current administration, it is not in any way involved in any form of discrimination. We would never tolerate such behavior. It is for the union of man and woman.” Bishop Micheal Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh These words were spoken in a interview with the bishop in response […]

Amendment One

Monday evening, I attended a rally against Amendment One at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. As things kicked off, I was reminded of the civil rights rallies of the 1960’s: the crowd was a diverse mix of black and white (a little heavy on the white side), there was a least one folk singer who […]

Still Teaching

As most of you probably know, my father is dying. Almost 10 years ago, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and, up until the last year or so, he’s managed pretty well. So well, in fact, that he’s picked up a couple of nicknames during his waltz with the big “C”; one of his nurses […]

Apologies and Americans

Americans are loathe  to apologize for anything, even though there is a lot we need to apologize for. I suppose it’s because we view apologies as a sign of weakness. And, of course, all human beings hate to admit they’ve done anything wrong. Remember all the non-apology apologies you’ve heard over the years? Things like “I’m so sorry […]

Courage Under Fire

I still remember the first time I saw the movie, Saving Private Ryan (not to be confused with that other classic Saving Ryan’s Privates). It was my first movie in a stadium seating theater and I was in the “sweet spot”; about halfway up and dead center of the aisle. To say that it made […]