NC’s Own Westboro Baptist Church?

Yesterday, after a great worship service and breakfast with my friends, I walked out of church to this:                         Yes, beloved, these people are protesting my church. Why? I’m not really sure; I wanted to ask, but they wouldn’t stop preaching at me long enough […]

Planned Parenthood, Abortion and Me

  Confessions of a Reluctant Pro-Choice Advocate Just to warn you, this post is going to be a little more weighty than most of what you’ll read on The Progressive Redneck. I figured I’d make that disclaimer since the title implies that it’ll be the sort of light-hearted romp I usually throw up on the […]

My Story Pt IV

Those of you who have stuck with the long slog through my life are in luck: today is the 4th and final installment in this tale. And, the pay-off for all your hard work is a relatively happy ending. So, let’s get to it. Yesterday, I ended with this tidbit: “At the time, my oldest […]

An Open Letter To Those Who “Speak The Truth In Love”

I want to speak to my conservative brothers and sisters right now. You guys have been using the phrase in the title quite a bit these days and, while I know this expression sounds nice, the truth is it’s  a dog-whistle phrase. And, by that I mean “an innocuous statement which is designed to trigger previously indoctrinated bigotry & […]

Down The Rabbit Hole

Whenever possible, I like to find real-time connections for the things I write about here. Like Friday’s post on capital punishment, for instance. Sometimes, those tie-ins are few and far between; other times, it feels like I’m buried under an avalanche of time-critical subjects, all crying out to be addressed right now. If I was a better, […]

Pray For Fred

A while back, I quit mentioning Fred Phelps and Westborough Baptist Church on the advice of a friend who said all they wanted was attention and by giving it to them, we were playing into their hands. It made sense to stop then. Today, however, it makes sense to mention them again because, according to reports […]