If Cheerleaders Don’t Convert You, Chuck Norris Will

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You know, I always hedge when people ask me where I’m from, because the second I tell them I was born and raised in Texas, all kinds of stereotypes pop up in the conversation. Yes, I can read. No, I’m not a Republican. Yes, I’m a Christian. No, not that kind. No, I don’t ride [Read More...]

David Barton: You’re Poor Because You Don’t Read the Bible

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Those who wish the see the wall of separation between church and state burned down have a rather colorful – if not exactly truthful – spokesperson on their side these days. Evangelical preacher, founder of “WallBuilders Live” and perennial headline grabber David Barton is known for his “out there” claims, but his most recent is [Read More...]

Anti-Gay Worship, Pastor Worley and the Limits of Religious Free Speech

Words have gravity, and in certain contexts, the words we choose and employ have more weight than in others. I’m definitely sensitive to that when I see the traffic numbers on my blog. It’s a public forum, and literally anyone can see what I’ve said. The church pulpit is an equally heavy responsibility when it [Read More...]

Death by Faith Healing: a Church/State Separation Dilemma

Sixteen-year-old Austin Sprout died of a commonly preventable illness when his parents declined medical treatment on faith grounds.

The sovereignty of religion in the United States is a thorny issue when it comes to state powers. But most Americans can agree that there are lines that even the Church cannot cross. The problem is that sometimes that realization comes too late. Sixteen-year-old Austin Sprout is the most recent victim of such religious transgressions. [Read More...]

Sex, Babies, Music, Gas and Politics: My Chat with Carol Howard Merritt

Author, speaker, pastor and God Complex Radio show host Carol Howard Merritt invited me on her show to talk about my new memoir coming out April 1 called PregMANcy: A Dad, A Little Dude and A Due Date. It’s a highly irreverent, humorous memoir about my wife’s second pregnancy and my efforts both to deal [Read More...]

Rick Santorum: Champion of the Secular Left

Every time Rick Santorum speaks, a secular democrat gets his wings. Yes, I know there are three other GOP candidates in the race, but as a theological writer also interested in politics, there is none more fascinating than Santorum. A lifelong Catholic, the senator has only come into his theocratic, social conservative voice in recent [Read More...]

Still Wondering if Santorum is a Theocrat?

Sometimes political candidates get wrongly labeled as a theocrat (one whose policy decisions are directly influenced by divine guidance) simply because they’re conservative. So when I heard the “T” word being batted around with regard to Rick Santorum, I hedged. Until this past weekend, that is. As the old saying, wrongly attributed quite often to [Read More...]


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