"Is it possible for right-wingers and AIPAC adherents to speak about his work without either blowing a carotid artery; or attacking him personally, huffing and puffing about his being "anti-Semitic," a self-loathing Jew, an anti-Israeli propagandist, and a bullying anti-Zionist? It doesn't appear it is.[But] Max Blumenthal -- a gutsy award-winning journalist whose on-the-ground reporting often shatters the confabulated wisdom of the Mainstream Media Misinformation and Disinformation Complex -- … [Read more...]
Last week my granddaughter Amanda (22), and me watched U2 do their stuff in Boston at the TD Garden-- the U2 INNOCENCE + EXPERIENCE TOUR 2015.The music was good (fuck that, perfect) but forget that for the moment. The real story was the production and the energy this old band displayed blowing all conceptions of lazy old rockers resting on their laurels out of the water. George Balanchine never produced a better or more precise ballet. This was rock as choreographed surgical strike.The m … [Read more...]
Bad art and bad sex matter for the same reason that bad religion matters. A brain can get used to anything. Once we’re used to something, it starts to seem okay. That capacity to normalize failures is why there are people who think that child abuse is “just discipline,” a Big Mac is “good food,” a rotting shark is “good art,” and hooking up with a predatory stranger is “good sex.”The same pattern of brain damage happens to the millions of people like me who were hurt as children by certain fo … [Read more...]
The sexual purity "movement" is one of several to have deformed American politics as a battleground in the so-called culture wars. Now in a book and the interview below former evangelical and captive to the purity movement, author Sara Moslener, has movingly examined both the politics and the personal price extracted from those--like herself-- who are and were most touched by this corrosive (and odd if not perverse) sex/morality/hard right religious "purity" movement.The human price in … [Read more...]
(The "Last Judgement" by Michelangelo, Courtesy the Vatican archive)If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God! An oral tradition and a rich liturgical expression of divinity lovingly shared in a faith community are much more convincing than words on a page. The images I see from the Hubble telescope do more to suggest a loving creative God besotted by beauty than most Bible passages. One hug from my grandchildren Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora teaches me mo … [Read more...]
WATCH President Obama interview David Attenborough on climate change, nature, beauty, education and so much more- DO NOT MISS THIS NEW AMAZING EVENT!!!
President Obama is a big fan of David Attenborough (I am too). Here the President interviews Attenborough on climate change. This is one of the most unusual and wonderful interviews I've ever seen. It is so important too. Please watch and share. DO NOT MISS THIS NEW AMAZING EVENT!!!Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceAvailable now on Amazon Follow Frank on Twitte … [Read more...]
Here are 2 paintings that just sold from my art site. Thank you! A Hope-Filled Spring Meets Ageless Roman TerracottaDetailsRome, Greece, art, love… when the present meets the past I see flowers tossed up against a sunbaked terracotta Roman wall! I long to share the joy!Oil paint on canvas, 24 x 24, © 2015SOLDEmail firstname.lastname@example.org about this pain … [Read more...]