Religious liberty threatened, Trump promotes pop-religion

Religious liberty is threatened. Many seeking to protect it are harming it. President Donald Trump is making faith into pop-religion meriting a reality show. He is secularizing the sacred. Sadly, spiritual leaders are helping him to do it. On Thursday, the president signed an executive order to weaken the Johnson Amendment. Passed in 1954, the [Read More…]

During Lent sacrifice ‘time’ not chocolate: take action

Lent is social action and spiritual growth. Hence, rethink how you experience the season. Social Climate Southern Poverty Law Center reported since November’s election hate crimes increased dramatically. Jews, women, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals are facing threats. American-Jews are especially under attack. In March, every US Senator signed a letter to the Trump Administration. [Read More…]

Atheists better than hypocritical Catholics says pope

It’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic, according to Pope Francis. It shouldn’t apply to just Catholics, but to all Christians. Living a Christian life is a challenge. I wonder how many Christians are praying for Milo Yiannopoulos rather than take satisfaction in his downfall. Sometimes I can be curt with a [Read More…]

Sophia’s intervention, how a nun’s simple gesture changed lives

Increasingly, I believe free choice is limited. The extent to which free choice impacts one’s life may stem from whether an individual reacts to events, challenges, and opportunities or responds in a measured, thoughtful manner. The goal should always be to respond. Often, I fall short. Events or occurrences, like an encounter that develops into [Read More…]

Did God decide the Super Bowl?

Big Bowl, Fish Bowl, Crystal Bowl, I rarely pay attention to sports. Many years ago when the Red Sox played in the World Series, I was going down the hall listening to an opera on my Walkman. A law school professor stopped me wearing a Red Sox cap to ask about the score, thinking I [Read More…]

President Trump – Chaos-in-Chief – Finding Stillness in Unsettled Times

A grand shakeup hasn’t come to America.  Chaos seems to be the new norm in Washington.  Fortunately, there’s something to draw from to sustain me over the next several years. “I do not occupy myself with great matters,” the Psalm teaches, “or with things that are too hard for me.  But I still my soul [Read More…]

Is Trump Crucifying Jesus?

Donald Trump may have done more to nail Jesus to the cross than any president in America’s history. At February’s National Prayer Breakfast he quipped prayers were needed to boost the modest television ratings of his replacement on “The Apprentice.” He also pledged to destroy the Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, that prohibits clergy from [Read More…]

Hope during a time of uncertainty comes from within

Hope is something outgoing President Barack Obama championed on his way to the White House and throughout his eight years in office. His successor, President-elect Donald Trump has talked about making the nation great again. This year’s presidential election has caused historic polarization.  Fear, angst, and a genuine, sustained spiritual despair have gripped many citizens [Read More…]

Trump candidacy makes case for separation of church and state

    Evangelical support for the GOP presidential nominee may do more to trivialize faith and secularize America than any liberal or card carrying ACLU member. As of October 14, two-thirds of Evangelicals still supported Donald Trump for the nation’s highest office. Although Trump has pledged to better protect religious freedom by, among other things, appointing [Read More…]

Christmas light from prison

America throws away people, especially young offenders who often project or act out because of untreated behavioral health issues or from abuse experienced physically, spiritually, and emotionally growing up in dysfunctional homes. They later become guests of the state. This is not to excuse or rationalize the pain people cause one another. It’s an effort to understand. In another [Read More…]

Finding Spirituality, Losing Religion

In November, the Pew Research Center released its findings of 35,000 surveyed Americans. It found a slight drop in religious affiliation and belief in a higher power. The decline in daily prayer, church going, and belief in a divine creator “declined modestly in recent years”, according to the report. The 266 page study noted Millennials are the [Read More…]