Good Job, Florida

Recently, The Daily Show aired a piece about the fact that in many states, women do not have the option to terminate the parental rights of their attacker if they become pregnant as a result of rape. Yes, beloved, in 21 states of this great nation, it’s possible that a woman could have to co-parent with […]

What Freedoms Are You Restoring?

So, last week, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoraion Act into law. This piece of legislation isn’t a one-off thing particular to Indiana, though; there are similar bills pending across the country, including my own state of North Carolina. Supporters claim the laws aren’t meant to discriminate against people who are LGBTQ, […]

Religious Business

It is a sad day in America when religious leaders feel the need to write the President a letter asking for an exemption to the  proposed executive order banning discrimination against LGBT people working for federal government contractors. How, oh how, have we come to such a place in this Christian nation the land of the free? It […]

An Open Letter To Women Upset About Hobby Lobby

Ladies, I know you’re upset about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby. Heck, I can understand your anger, at least a little bit. You think we men are trying to control you and your bodies, but we’re not. Okay, we are; but it’s for your own good, I swear. Look, we all know you […]

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, […]

It’s My Bible, I Can Tear If I Want To

Recently, I read the story of Isaiah Smith, a Texas high school student who was suspended for tearing pages out of a Bible. It seems Mr. Smith brought his Bible into his first period class and tore out the pages from Leviticus that some folks use to condemn their LGBT brothers and sisters. He says […]

Lies My Science Teacher Told Me

Following up yesterday’s post, The Flintstones Bible, I want to talk to you about some of the lies my science teachers told me. I know they’re lies because Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), a physician with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry and member of the House Science committee, said so. Last year, speaking at the […]

An Open Letter to My Non-ally Brothers and Sisters

Guys and gals, Look, I know the open letter thing is a huge cliché that has been run into the ground, but I can’t think of another way to get this message to you. A couple of days ago, UCC pastor and author Kimberly Knight posted on her blog at Patheos a piece titled “12 […]