Granny’s Hands & Travelin’ Dog — Part 1

Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3In this 3-parter, here are two bits of writing, a Christian piece and a secular piece, similar in their heart-tugging content, followed by a short comparison of the two in which I make a point about a certain religious sales strategy.The SECOND one is the text of yet another email I got from my Texas friends Donna Sue and Billy Ray.But this first piece is my own, something I wrote a few years back. It's one of my favorite pieces of my own writing. (You may recognize … [Read more...]


Demanding that atheists study and understand the entire Bible before they can argue against it is kind of like saying you have to molest kids for a few years to really appreciate the shortcomings of NAMBLA. … [Read more...]

I Get Emails

I have some dear friends back in Texas, two people I went to high school with. Call them Donna Sue and Billy Ray.Billy Ray was rodeo people, rowdy and bawdy as hell. More than once I saw him breeze through the front gate of a rodeo arena on a Friday night and 15 minutes later breeze out the back with one of those little poured-into-her-jeans Texas cowgirls, headed for the nearest horse trailer for what Lonesome Dove’s Gus McCrae would call a “poke.”After Billy Ray and Donna Sue got together, … [Read more...]

The Range of Permissible Acts — Part 4

Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4There are a couple more things, points I think worth making in the broader context of religious beliefs in relation to society:Right now in the U.S., there’s at least one preacher – and not some inbred freak who slithered out of a swamp, but a mainstream voice reputable enough to make it into the news – who encouraged his flock to pray for the death of the president. … [Read more...]