Will conservative Christians ever recover from those mean gay bullies? The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee investigates: The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook After all the celebrating yesterday, may we be mindful of those who have been…left behind. "Like" Approaching Justice on Facebook Read more

A good lesson from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (h/t: TPM) This should be everyone’s reaction to anything said by Michelle Bachmann. "Like" Approaching Justice on Facebook Read more

The new single by Black Sabbath asks the question "God is Dead?" Okay, the grammar is confusing…but at least Ozzy is easier to understand in the song than he is in person. Graham ‘Gruhamed’ Hartmann of Loudwire asked Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne about the meaning of the new Black Sabbath single "God is Dead?" Apparently, it is not so much about Nietzsche. Here is the transcript followed by the video: "I was in a doctor’s waiting room and [I… Read more

Yuriy and Van lived in a much nicer neighborhood than we were used to. Most of the investigators we taught in the Little Saigon region of Orange County, California were poor immigrants who lived in either very humble homes or in apartments of varying conditions. Yuriy and Van lived in an upper middle class neighborhood with few recent immigrants. Yet, Yuriy and Van were recent immigrants, though with a twist. Yuriy was Russian and spoke no English or Vietnamese. Van… Read more

The week of Netroots Nation 2013 has arrived. I will be in San Jose Thursday through Saturday. I will be missing the opening night bash with Howard Dean, because Shem’s (11) final regular season baseball game is on Wednesday night. That one was not even a contest. I will be arriving early Thursday and staying through Saturday. If you are at Netroots Nation 2013 and would like to get ahold of me, email me at approachingjustice@gmail.com. I am mostly focusing… Read more

"Why are those chicks running so slow," asked Todd my 13-year-old son. We was wondering why the women in the long distance race on the television on the other side of Applebee’s appeared to be running slow. They didn’t seem to be going slow to me, but that did not play much into the conservation that followed. "DO NOT refer to woman as chicks," I told him. "What?" he asked defensively. "It is just another word for women or girls."… Read more

“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin." Not sure if I hate the sin, but I hate this saying. Well, at least when used in reference to homosexuality. The primary reason that I bristle against this saying is that I reject the idea that homosexuality is a sin. We should love everyone, including sinners. So, I am not saying that we should instead hate the sinner. I am not rejecting the idea of sin at all. Instead, I am saying that… Read more

Okay, it might be an exaggeration to call anything that happens at church an adventure. We will stick with the series title "Adventures in Sunday School" nonetheless. This is the start of series about the experiences of a theological and political liberal in a conservative church. On Sunday, my son (13) was told in Sunday School that he and his classmates were lucky that they did not grow up around liberals. These are the type of things my son loves… Read more

As a mainline protestant pastor it may be odd to be writing a post on a Mormon blog. But I got to know Chris Henrichsen through his run for congress in Wyoming and I really came to respect not only his campaign but the person behind it. We’ve had a number of discussions about religion, politics, and life in Wyoming and so I was invited to write for this site. This is my first attempt to do so. I wanted… Read more

Following his experiences in World War II, John Rawls more and more moved away from Christianity. He explains that his difficulties were "always moral ones, since my fideism remained firm against all worries about the existence of God." (Rawls 2010, 263) Fideism is the view that there cannot be an evidence-based or scientific proof of the existence of God. Since, Rawls’ view of the existence of God was not in question, his departure from Christianity was not an exodus towards… Read more

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