Maybe We’re Mad About The Wrong Thing

Every so often, I hear something that makes me say “Wait, what?” The latest episode of what I’m thinking about calling “The Spit-take Chronicles” was Sarah Palin’s comment that if she were in charge, our enemies “would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” Seriously? Waterboarding, an “enhanced interrogation technique” that causes the victim to experience the sensation […]

Have We Learned Nothing?

Normally, I don’t talk about 9-11 on 9-11, and that’s if I say anything at all (I mean online, in person I won’t shut up). Today, I’m breaking that tradition with the question, have we, as a nation, as citizens of the world, as human beings learned nothing since that awful day in 2001? I ask […]

It’s a Privilege

There’s a new country song out that’s causing a bit of ruckus, namely “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J. Because some of you might not be able to listen to a country song, here’s a link to the lyrics. Not paying much attention that world, I didn’t know the song had stirred up […]

And, So It Begins

I suppose it was inevitable that some ignorant asses would blame Muslims for Monday’s bombing attack during the Boston Marathon before anyone knows anything and they have. You might think Erik Rush was first, with his “Let’s kill them all” tweet, but Rush says  he was being sarcastic. He may have meant it as sarcastic, […]

I Apologize

I can promise you, I’m not a fan of apologetics of any sort, be they religious, culture or anything else. But, lately, I keep finding myself drawn into the discipline. Not kicking and screaming, certainly; hell, not even against my will. But, pulled in nonetheless. The latest occurrence came over the weekend when I read […]

I’m Related to People Like That

A few years ago, I heard comedian Blake Clark (of “Home Improvement and numerous Adam Sandler movies) talking about seeing the movie “Sling Blade” with his wife in Los Angeles. Clark is from Georgia and his wife is from Texas and they had a different response to the movie than their fellow theater-goers: like every other […]

Pacifism vs. Reality

In a piece for Huffington Post about nonviolence, John Dear included the following: “Nonviolence means avoiding injury to anything on earth, in thought, word, or deed,” Gandhi wrote. “I am certain that if we want to bring about peace in the world, there is no other way except that of nonviolence. One person who can […]

I Don’t Wear Black

Recently, someone told me that I spend too much time fighting a battle I can’t win. They were talking about the fight for LGBTQ rights, but it’s really about justice for all. I have to admit, that statement stunned me because no one has ever called me to account over fighting for justice. This morning, I was […]

No Violence, Please

For all the hoopla about the United States being a Christian nation, we’re not acting like it. We are still embroiled in a war in Afghanistan and the possibility exists that we may similarly be caught up in Iran. I’ve seen two quotations lately that drove this point home. The first is from Mahatma Gandhi, […]

It’s Finally Here!!!

Election Day, that is and thank God for that. This election cycle has been contentious, nasty, filled with lies and half-truths and interminably long. But, it’s also an extremely important one. The two major candidates have extremely different views about how things should be run and whichever of them wins, those views will have a […]