Why Is the Mainstream Media Running Away From Max Blumenthal’s New Book About Israel?

"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...]

What Is BAD (and Good) Sex & Art?

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...]

Peggy Campolo, Brian McLaren, My Granddaughter Amanda, and Me Having a Wild Time at Wild Goose!

Here's Peggy Campolo, one of my most loved and favorite people with me at Wild Goose, and Brian McLaren and Amanda, my 22 year old granddaughter who is visiting from Finland where she goes to the University of Helsinki. Amanda is studying sociology and to put it mildly we had a great time. She's been working on a project about USA mass incarceration of black men, so Amanda was thrilled at all the social justice projects at the festival... And here's someone looking at the show of my art at the fe … [Read more...]

The Truth About Christian ‘Sexual Purity’ — A Former Evangelical Speaks Out

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...]

If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God!

(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...]

how evangelical Protestantism lost me

"This essay, which represents my first detailed public statement on how evangelical Protestantism lost me, is addressed both to those evangelicals who are celebrating momentum on LGBTQ acceptance within the “big tent,” as well as to those evangelicals whom I would describe as fundamentalist, or fundamental-ish. The ones who still represent the majority of evangelicals, the ones I come from." *** So writes Christopher Stroop, PhD, History and Humanities (Stanford University) and Senior Lecturer, S … [Read more...]

The Apologetics Lie my Daddy and Me Used to Tell

 A Facebook friend sent me a note and a link to one of my dad's old speeches he'd given in 1982 at Coral Gables Church. I spoke there too back in the bad old days of my far right activism. I re-watched the talk. Dad mentioned the projects we'd worked on together several times. It was good to hear his voice. But... while so much of what Dad said was so well said, there is so much I've grown to fear and disagree with.It all boils down to this: apologetics. Dad was relying on a … [Read more...]

Please Join me at the Wild Goose Festival (get 30% off your ticket too!)

I’d like to thank you for being a part of my life and thus part of my favorite event: the Wild Goose Festival this year! I donate my time to WG each year and pay my own expenses to get there as well as speak at WG, because I always am refreshed. This is my once-a-year church/cleanse/rejuvenate session. Join me please, maybe even buy me a beer! Will you help me spread this word? Please share the good news about Wild Goose with your network. You can share this also: when you or your friends use t … [Read more...]