Dear Evangelical Establishment, I know you don’t trust or like me and I don’t blame you! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you’d better listen up…

(A 1984 satirical magazine cover depicting "Franky" Schaeffer as a "kid" throwing mud at Christianity Today Magazine and Billy Graham for not being conservative enough!)Dear Evangelical Establishment,I know you don't trust or like me and I don't blame you! Lord knows what a pain in the ass I am! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you'd better listen up. This is for your own good.In the old days your predecessors didn't like me because I was faulting you all for no … [Read more...]

One Look at American Christians and I Figure Jesus Must Have Hated Women– Right?

My friend’s attitude pissed me off. I shouted, “Are you kidding me? Taking care of my grandchildren is the only thing I’ve ever done I feel entirely happy about! Anyway, Jesus liked hanging out with women and kids too! So fuck you!" Let me explain... I’d just picked up Lucy and Jack at kindergarten and preschool when a friend called. Jack goes to preschool three days a week and Lucy goes to kindergarten five days a week. My grandchildren attend in the morning and my wife Genie and I take care … [Read more...]

The Ten Things the GOP Won’t Thank President Obama For in 2014

Here's Ten Things the GOP Won’t Thank President Obama For in 2014...1. Thank President Obama for bringing the economy back from the brink 2.  Thank President Obama for ending two useless wars W started 3.  Thank President Obama for the record high of the stock market 4.  Thank President Obama for the big improvement in employment numbers 5.  Thank President Obama for succeeding in spite of the GOP in keeping the government open 6.  Thank President Obama for not calling the Tea Party … [Read more...]

“Tea Party Kills Billy Graham” — A True Headline You Won’t be Reading

Given his age -- and most regrettably because he’s a nice man -- you’ll soon read the headline: “Billy Graham Dead.” Fact is, his life’s work is already dead. It’s been killed by the Tea Party. All that remains is the funeral and the long term discrediting of Billy’s evangelical religion now under way because of the needless and ugly politicizing of the faith he became a symbol of.Disclaimer: I knew Billy and met him as a child when he used to visit my evangelical-leader father, the late Fran … [Read more...]

NEWSFLASH! The POPE is SANE!

 Pope Francis said in an interview published Thursday that the Roman Catholic Church must no longer focus on abortion, contraception and gay marriage. Trouble is the American Roman Catholic Church is being manipulated by some very extreme people. They will not be happy!Robert George, (the Princeton professor behind the extreme recent rightward tilt of the American Roman Catholic bishops and, according to the New York Times one time mentor to Glenn Beck) Antonin Scalia, and the … [Read more...]

Facebook and Google Must Do Far More to Stop the Slave Trade

I was speaking at a conference on how to end human trafficking. Every single speaker there -- from FBI agents, to Pentagon military people, to professors studying the issue and survivors running shelters for former slaves -- pointed out that until Facebook and Google are willing to do far more to stop the slave traders nothing can be done on a big scale to end the traffic in human beings.The fight to end human trafficking should unite all sides in our culture wars. Why hasn't it? Sure, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and the Far Right Counterattack

Here's a guest column "Is Pope Francis a Fraud?" on the new pope by Andrew O'hehir from SALON. I'ts the best  commnetary on the the papacy, the recent history of the Roman Catholic Church and religion in general I've read in a long time. Is Pope Francis a fraud? After a right-wing coup crushed the reforms of Vatican II, one scholar says the last two popes are illegitimate BY ANDREW O'HEHIRaoh@salon.comIt’s easy — maybe too easy — for people with progressive political views to dismiss t … [Read more...]

Catholic Ideas Are Becoming Marginal to our Politics

 The sex abuse scandals that shadowed John Paul’s last years have become the defining story of his successor’s papacy, and the unexpected abdication of Benedict XVI has only confirmed the narrative of a church in disarray....READ THE REST HERE   … [Read more...]


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