Modern-day Pharisees

It’s a well-known fact that conservative Christians are the modern-day equivalent of those legalistic, New Testament buzzkills known as the Pharisees. From their obsession with sex to their penchant for out-of-context quotation of the Bible, conservatives are doing their level best to live out H. L. Mencken’s definition of puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, […]

Because That’s What Prayer Is All About

There is a new political scandal afoot and, as usual, the big media outlets are ignoring it. Yesterday, presidential hopeful Ben Carson said that, in answer to a prayer, God helped him pass his  pre-med chemistry class. Where’s the outrage?!? Why aren’t FoxNews, CNN and MSNBC giving this story the coverage it deserves? Are they in the tank […]

Veteran’s Day 2014

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and, just like always, I was inundated with “support the troops” pictures, posts and other such nonsense. Yes, I said “nonsense”. It’s nonsense because the phrase “support the troops” doesn’t mean a damn thing. As Noam Chomsky said “…the point of public relations slogans like “Support Our Troops” is that they […]

They’re On To Us!

  Over the weekend, a Facebook friend shared an article from the Tea Party News Network (a true bastion of journalistic integrity) titled How the Liberal, Progressive Infestation of the Church Threatens America’s Future by Chelsen Vicari. As I read, I thought, “This has got to be satire.” A little research showed me that it’s not. At that […]

I Still Have Questions

It is becoming a tradition for me to write a witty blog post about aging on my birthday. Last year, I imparted some of the wisdom I’ve accrued in my life. The year before…, well, the year before I didn’t do a witty blog post. Okay, so it’s not really a tradition yet, but I’m […]

What You Don’t Know

I saw this online recently and wanted to tell the poster, “What you don’t know is that the girl in front of you with the iPhone may have just lost her job and her service hasn’t been cut off yet. Or maybe uses food stamps to feed her kids because her insufficient paycheck is enough to […]

I Am Sad

Yesterday, we were treated to the news of yet another mass shooting. Reports say that around 8:15 AM, Aaron Alexis walked into Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard and started shooting. Within a few minutes, police units had entered and engaged Alexis in a firefight, killing him. But, not before he killed as many […]

Who Helps the Helpers?

Yesterday was a reminder of just what a broken, fucked-up world we live in. Someone decided it would suit their purposes to detonate two bombs in area around the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing 3 people (including an eight-year-old boy) and wounding at least 176 others. We don’t know what those purposes are […]

The Slippery Slope

Gun control may be the most talked about subject in a America today. On one extreme, you have left-wing idealists who want to follow the lead of Japan and other countries and ban guns altogether. On the other, their mirror image: right-wing nut jobs who think there should be no restrictions on gun ownership. In the middle […]

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 […]