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 […]

The Cost Of Empire

The concept of humanity’s brokenness is a topic of conversation that comes up within Christianity from time to time. And, while the brokenness of people may be open to argument, the brokenness of this world isn’t.  Perhaps the most glaring piece of evidence of that brokenness is violence. We spend a lot of time on what […]

It’s Advent (Sigh) Pt V

It’s usually around this point that I begin wondering why I chose to do a series of blog posts and this time is no exception. Chalk it up to my ADHD, but maintaining focus on a subject for more than a couple of posts can be difficult, to say the least. But, we’ve come this […]

It’s That Time Of Year…, Again

By “that time of year”, I mean The Wild Goose Festival is almost here. And, the closer it gets, the more I feel like Wile E. Coyote when he saw an a train bearing down on him. It’s not that I don’t like Wild Goose, it’s an amazing time. But, my preparation ritual for any trip […]

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 […]

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 […]

Religion and Politics

It is conventional wisdom that if you want to stay friends with someone, you don’t discuss religion and politics with them. In the hyper-politicized climate we live in (especially when the election cycle cranks up), discussing politics isn’t optional; it’s required. And, in a lot the circles I run in, religion is the same. Needless […]

It’s Liberating

In the 2008 presidential elections, many of us were introduced to something called liberation theology when Reverend Jeremiah Wright caught the attention of the Republican party apparatus.  I’ve read and seen much of what Reverend Wright has to say and most of it is very similar to things I’ve said here.  Unfortunately, his words have twisted […]

I Am a Non-Conformist

     So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service.  Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure […]