How to Apply the Greatest Commandments

If your appeal to prioritizing love for God over love for neighbor would have justified the priest in the parable of the Good Samaritan not stopping to help the robbery victim by the side of the road, then you are not applying what Jesus said were the greatest commandments in the way Jesus taught us [Read More...]

Asking the Right Question

Two blog posts came to my attention yesterday, both focused on the importance of asking the right question, although otherwise on very different topics. First, Ben Irwin highlighted New Testament scholar Dale Martin’s words quoted in the image above. Determining what the loving thing to do is is not simple or challenging. But it is the right [Read More...]

Is Racism a Mental Illness? #CharlestonShooting

I had someone comment on a Facebook post about the Charleston shooting, suggesting that mental illness must be involved. I responded in a number of ways, including asking whether all the people in lynch mobs in the south some decades ago were mentally ill. On the one hand, to blame mental illness can be a reprehensible [Read More...]

Good and Evil

Let us now define the New Christian Right as people who get more upset about the possibility that they might have to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding than they do about revelations that their own representatives have not only molested children but covered up such molestation. If we can even call those “values” [Read More...]

Even on Social Media

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The One True Religion, With Evidence

IO9 shared the above comic, depicting a future in which people have found a way to exploit a religious loophole in laws regarding medical ethics. It is OK to make exceptions for sincerely-held religious beliefs. Well, what if someone finds a way to foster certain beliefs, in the interest of scientific advancement…and profit? If you like the [Read More...]

Pure Evil

Via Yuriy Stasyuk on Facebook. This is a clear violation of the Golden Rule. Treat the religions of others the way you want your own to be treated. Or better still, treat your own religious views with the honesty and moral sensibility that you use in relation to the religious claims and views of others. [Read more...]

Pigmentation Pigeonholes

The quote is based on something I wrote in a comment discussing racism. The photo comes from a website which quite bizarrely asks whether dark skin with blue eyes has a “natural explanation” or is due to genetic mutation! [Read more...]

Stop Praying for Peace in Baltimore

Ben Irwin shared a wonderful updating of a post he wrote about Ferguson, but which applies equally well to Baltimore, and from which the quote above is an excerpt. It is called “Stop praying for peace in Baltimore.” Click through to read more of it.   [Read more...]

Non-Violence as Ruse

The above words are from an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Non-Violence as Compliance,” which appeared in The Atlantic. They seemed to deserve the wider circulation that a meme image sometimes brings, and so I made the above. As the background, I used a photo of him from the Lavin Agency website. I would be interested to know [Read More...]

Speak Truth To Power

The quote comes from Annalee Flower Horne on Twitter. See also this bit of satire, showing what it would sound like if the news reported about whites the way it reports about blacks: [Read more...]


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