Lines at Easter

I am an amateur poet. Well, more precisely I scribble on paper and end up throwing it next to my bed in my ever growing pile of papers, or if it’s lucky it ends up in a binder. Whatever that is called, that is what I do. The majority of my poetry focuses on nature, philosophy or love. However, I have long desired to write a poem that would reflect the inner emotions I feel toward God. Unfortunately, any time I have attempted this in the past, it ended up sounding cliché. You know how it is - … [Read more...]

Dehumanizing the Other: Afghan Body Parts, Soldier Suicides, the Poor and the Evil Conservative Strategy By Randy Woodley

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The first casualty of war is the truth. Tell a lie often enough and it becomes your truth. Urinating on dead bodies; cutting off fingers for sport; murdering women and children; night raid home invasions on civilians; and the most recent embarrassment of soldiers posing with dead body parts, are all possible during times of war because of the original lie that starts the war, which must include dehumanizing the enemy. It goes against human reason, after all, to kill another human being. In most … [Read more...]

A Humanist Conversation

A few weeks ago I was a guest on a local (Minneapolis) Cable TV show hosted by the Minnesota Humanists. It was a really interesting conversation. One of the comments that struck me was the host mentioning that he had looked around the internet and had noticed that there were some people who were not, shall I say, "big fans" of mine. I mentioned that Christianity is a big family with many squabbles. He said, (my paraphrase) yes I have seen that, but it is not quite as bad as it is in the … [Read more...]

love [your] neighb(our) as the enem(y).

    Desire is the Desire of the Other - Lacan Love your neighbour as yourself - Jesus Imagine a cupcake sitting on a table in front of you. The cream topped pastry tempts and haunts you with its delectable experience. Its voice beckons you: consume me. eat me, whole. in that moment the cupcake became your other. now, the other is that which has the ability [and most of the time does] tells you what you think, how you live, how you interpret reality, relationships and … [Read more...]

On Being a Christian

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In a recent reading of Erich Fromm's To Have or to Be, I've once again confronted an identity crisis. Am I a Christian or have I merely had faith? Christianity's Eastern roots would demand the prior, but the American Christian world at large bellows the latter in 3D Dolby Digital surround sound. Fromm's emphasis upon two modes of existence epitomizes all that I love and hate about twenty-first century Christianity. I love the possibility of a new way being. I hate the current possession of … [Read more...]

god (h)ates fa(g)s?!

  God hates fags, really? I have been told this is true. But what does God have against cigarettes? I mean, OK, maybe the carcinogenic properties probably aren't that healthy, but who doesn't have their addictions? Is this enough to merit people standing in the streets, making placards (using a full spectrum of variegated coloring, much like the "rainbow") and promoting violent behavior against smoking fags? I mean that is simply ludicrous. Why are so many people justifying their … [Read more...]

Strange Christianity Made in America: Part III by Randy Woodley

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I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ! -Gandhi Christians in America are infamous for being so unlike Jesus. I like the bumper sticker that says, “When Jesus said love your enemies I think he probably meant don’t kill them.” Ever wonder how Christians went from loving their enemies to killing them? We love to blame it all on Constantine, and true enough, he contributed to the problem, but I think the problem goes deeper and farther back—all … [Read more...]

the c(h)urch is killing the (o)ther [Video]

INTRO: the other is that which is different to us. that which is foreign or even monstrous to us and our sensibilities. historically, the church has struggled not only to engage with the other, but also to allow the other to maintain that which makes them other. this video is about why that needs to change (Turn your speakers up!)   Quote at the beginning of the Video: As opposed to the official feast, one might say that carnival celebrated temporary liberation from the … [Read more...]

Am I Fallen or Falling; Am I Depraved or Lost?

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I remember when I was a child having this dream that I was falling into some black abyss of nothingness. It's really strange to have this constant feel of weightlessness. This of course is quite different from those dreams we all have of falling some short distance. We have this incredible sense of panic, which only lasts as long as our short fall. After we have fallen we usually awake to a more tranquil setting - laying in the comfort of our beds. We say things like "man I am glad that was only … [Read more...]

7 April 2012

7 April 2012 Holy Saturday… ...what a strange name for a day. Yet it has always seemed to me to be eerily appropriate in the same way that the striking of the hall clock just at midnight every night seems to me to be strangely holy. There is that quiet, as if the whole house were waiting for the dull, flat striking, the close counting out. And when it is done, one can almost hear the house settling down at last into today; for today was what the house, and we with it, had been … [Read more...]


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