Why You Should Vote 3rd Party This Year

If there were a morally acceptable candidate offered by either major party, of course you could vote for that person in clear conscience.  There isn't, and therefore many people are settling for choosing the least-bad candidate.Don't do this.Vote third party.Why?Voting third party is the most effective way for you to bring about a change of regime.It's more effective than a write-in campaign (barring a massive, united, nationwide campaign, which I don't see happening).  It's c … [Read more...]

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More About the South: Funeral Processions

Rev. Cindy Maddox (United Church of Christ) wrote a moving piece about grief and funeral processions.That post reminded me of something I've been meaning to write for a while: Down here in the land of the backwards and ignorant, over and again I have seen people pull over in respect for the funeral procession when they did not have to do so.You'll be in a procession that's going down a four-lane divided highway* and you see on the other side of the road, where there is no way that the … [Read more...]

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Christian Calamities: A Taste of the South to Help You Choke on America

There's been pearl-clutching in odd quarters ever since Pastor Mark Burns, a South Carolinian, delivered his benediction on the Republican party.  I am not a Republican and I won't be voting for Trump, and I don't think you should either.  I am dismayed by the weaselly justifications some of my fellow Christians are spouting these days in their support for the GOP candidate.Still, it amuses me that the professionally-impious are suddenly offended on our Lord's behalf for what is, as I will sh … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Apathy and the War on Terror

Over at the Catholic Conspiracy, Tom Zampino lays out the case for just warfare and writes: Any remaining illusions that we, ourselves, are safe anywhere – that we can, somehow, escape the carnage unscathed – have, of course, long since been shattered. Each new attack only serves to drive us further into despair, and deeper into isolation. . . .. . . we can and should urge those who legitimately hold authority over us to use all arms necessary to quickly defeat this global and growing threat … [Read more...]

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The Surprising Evidence that Gender Matters, and What to Do About It

When future generations reflect on the fall of the American republic, they'll no doubt get a chuckle over our obsession with having every aspect of our lives carefully legislated, to the point that our proto-emperors have now taken it upon themselves to dictate where and how their millions of citizens might relieve themselves.Keep in mind we already have laws concerning toilet problems.  Whether you are worried about hygiene, or sound plumbing, or commodes-per-occupant, or sewage treatment, … [Read more...]

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Look Mom, I Found the Porn!

This week over at the Catholic Conspiracy, we watch me lose my temper at the people who tell me I need to calm down and get along about that porn basket.But they’re taped shut. That doesn’t change the fact that you’re selling pornography at your store. You’re telling the world that it’s fine to buy and sell this stuff. You’re making the decision to attract buyers of pornography to your business. But that guy who runs the stall is just trying to make a living. That’s right. He’s decided he … [Read more...]

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Trump vs. Clinton and the Triumph of Democracy

The egregious slate of presidential candidates we're being offered this year is an understandable cause for concern.  A question worth considering is whether the two-party system, or some other aspect of American political structures, is to blame for this state of affairs.Meanwhile, as he considers a separate but related question, Timothy Scott Reeves, who sometimes guest blogs here, writes: For me, THE core value is the understanding of my neighbor as someone made in the image of God. A … [Read more...]

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