I Had a Jewish Grandfather Named Kelly

Even in my forties, I still learned things by talking with my mother. On her sixty-fourth birthday, I asked her, "About your father.  What did he feel, believe, do?”"He came to Mass, stood in back, helped to collect the money, and especially he liked Mary.”"But did he think he was Jewish?”"Why, yes, of course. All the Scheers had converted in Germany, but only because they had to. Over here they could choose what to be.”"Then they were .. . . Marranos?”"Who?”"That's Spanis … [Read more...]

Taking Responsibility for Feelings

I see that an all-male court in Iowa has ruled that an employer can fire a woman merely because he finds her attractive. That is, the woman lost a suit for wrongful termination, and the court has allowed yet another form of discrimination against women.  The dentist who fired her argued that he was defending family values because she was a threat to his marriage. Maybe the guy is not an Evangelical Christian. Maybe it's unfair to think he is--but unfortunately he sounds like one, and if he is … [Read more...]

Jesus, No, but Joshua’s a Different Story

A Pagan Almanac for August 1 & 2, 2012Lunar Cycle: August 1 -- Fourth day of the full Moon August 2 – Fifth day of the full Moon (astronomical full Moon)Rome: August 1, Kalends, sacred to JunoAthens: Hekatombaion 14 Hekatombaion 15, sacred to SeleneMartyred on August 1 in 1595: Volkart Dirxsen and his daughter, Utrecht 1623: Thomas Greave of Fife 1664: Josine Labynes, HeestertThey died in our name. Let us remember theirs.William Blake wrote: The Beggar’s Rags, fl … [Read more...]

Aphrodiphobia, Part IV: The Logical Consequences of the First Commandment

The “First Commandment” under discussion here is not that in the Decalogue, but the one in Genesis 1:28:God blessed them by saying, “Be fertile and increase in numbers. Fill the earth and subdue it. . . . “In the King James translation, “blessed them and said,” the blessing appears to be different from what is said; that is simply wrong. When God says, “Be fruitful and multiply,” that is both the blessing and the commandment. Thus, the commandment is a blessing, and what is commanded is i … [Read more...]


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