Does “Can” Equal “Should”?

On October 10, marriage equality came to North Carolina when Max Cogburn, a federal district court judge, ruled that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Virginia’s case also applied to NC’s Amendment One. For a little while after Judge Cogburn issued his ruling, I had the following thought: “While we celebrate this good news, we […]

It Could Be Worse

This week, Diana and I are at the beach for the annual family vacation. I had every intention of recycling some older stuff and not spending so much time on my computer. Then, BAM! All hell broke loose. Paula Deen gets fried in the media, things get crazy in the Texas Senate and the Supreme Court […]

I’m a Little Peeved

It’s another Monday and, here in North Carolina, that means it’s time for another protest at the State Legislature Building. These protests, called Moral Mondays, started in April in response to what our General Assembly has been up to since getting elected last year, i.e. doing their level best to turn back the clock in this state […]

Race To Insanity

Well, it appears my home state of North Carolina has entered the Legislative Insanity Sweepstakes. In a bold move designed to take the lead in the crazy race, two state lawmakers have introduced  a bill that would ignore the 1st Amendment and establish a state religion. I mean, the others competitors in the race have […]

The Year in Review

2012 departs at midnight and, evidently, that means we’re supposed to look back and reminisce. I’m not exactly sure why, but who am I to question the prevailing paradigm? 2012 was pretty eventful. Oh sure, not as much as 2001 or any of the WWII years, but it is the most lively one in a […]

Transforming The World

Recently, Michael  Usey (pastor at College Park Baptist Church) and I were talking about several issues concerning social justice and he said they wouldn’t be fixed by politics. This morning, I was going through my list of ideas looking for something to write about when I stumbled across something from last summer’s Sunday adult Bible study. Several […]

Are You Ashamed?

I’m beginning to see something that bothers me. I’m hearing conservative Christians say something like “Hey, Amendment One passed, so you guys just need to shut up and deal with it”. To my knowledge, it’s not some organized effort to shut up those of us who are fighting for marriage equality. Most of what I’m […]

What Are You So Afraid Of?

With all the uproar over marriage equality lately, one thing has become abundantly clear: some conservative Christians are blatantly homophobic. I know many of you are thinking “Wow, what a news flash. We’ve known that for years.” True, we have known this for a long time; it’s just that now is they’ve quit trying to hide it. Why […]

Give ‘Em Break?

This is not a good morning. I’m sitting here at my desk, trying to write while fighting back nausea that’s not solely due to chemotherapy. To say that I’m unhappy about Tuesday’s decision on Amendment One is putting it mildly. Frankly, it makes me sick. A few other appropriate adjectives would be outraged, aggrieved, infuriated, offended; […]

We Did it. We Really Did it

In the last week, two institutions that I have put a lot of faith in have let me down in rather dramatic ways. First, the United Methodist Church voted to keep divisive and hurtful language in the Discipline (their rulebook) that says “While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to […]