Oh, Say, Can You See?

There is a kind of fatalism in the Bible which views political events as divinely ordained, teaching people to accept whoever is in authority without question. This should come as no surprise to us once we remember this book was written at a time when kings and emperors ruled the world, long before democracy came [Read More…]

Why God Keeps Showing Up in Public Schools (Video)

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of speaking at the second annual Secular Summit held by the Secular Coalition of Arizona (video below). I mentioned them before at the end of another post, but they deserve several more mentions. The Importance of Organized Secularism It can be really difficult organizing secularists. In [Read More…]

Pig Bones and Public Education

Because I teach public high school in a state already determined to sabotage its own educational system in order to redirect our tax dollars to private and charter schools (see note at bottom), it matters a great deal to me personally that the president-elect chose Betsy DeVos to head up our nation’s Department of Education.  Her choice [Read More…]

The Bible’s Attitude Toward the Life of the Mind

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.” —Ecclesiastes Secularists like me became legitimately concerned when we first learned that our new president-elect selected billionaire right-wing megadonor Betsy DeVos to [Read More…]

Please Go See Arrival So I Can Talk About It

I’ve seen a lot of movies this year, and most of them promised far more than they delivered. Nowadays the trailers give away most of the key details, anyway, which makes the whole cinematic experience a bit of a disappointment. Not so with the movie Arrival. I did not know that I would love this [Read More…]

To the Man Handing Out Bibles at School This Week

To the nice old man who handed out Bibles this week at the school where I teach: Dear Sir, I want to thank you for giving out these little orange books you brought with you to our school campus this week. It’s not that often I am handed a free book, and at a government-owned [Read More…]

Coming to Terms with a Donald Trump Presidency

If you were able to go to sleep last night, you woke up this morning to the news that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, an outcome that ran contrary to the prognostications of virtually everyone who makes a living tracking the contours of the American electorate. Along with an [Read More…]

The Return of Jesus and the Radicalization of American Politics

Stop me if you’ve heard any of these before: “President Obama isn’t going to allow another election to happen. He’s going to use a crisis development of one kind or another to suspend the U.S. Constitution and declare himself dictator of the country.” “Hillary Clinton hates God and hates Christians, and she’s going to round up [Read More…]

What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?

When evangelical Christians first began debating the issue of abortion, they were nowhere near as unified about the topic as they appear to be today. Shortly after the Supreme Court made their landmark decision on the issue in Roe v. Wade (1973), influential Baptist minister W.A. Criswell, pastor of First Baptist in Dallas, TX, and predecessor to [Read More…]

Duck Dynasty Patriarch: God’s Not Dead, and He’s Mad as Hell

This weekend, the Political Action Committee (PAC) Citizens United (yes, that same Citizens United) releases in theaters a new film entitled Torchbearer, a movie aimed at stirring their conservative base into a frightened frenzy, mobilizing them to get out the vote, hoping to use the November election to put conservatives back into the White House before America [Read More…]