Fighting Words Are Not Free Speech

There is no right to not be offended and offensive speech is still free speech. But threatening, harassing, and hateful speech is verbal assault, and verbally assaulting someone who can’t fight back is the mark of a coward. [Read more…]

Playing the Grand Game When You’re Not A Great Power

This is not the future we wanted. Most of us simply want to live good and honorable lives and leave this world a little better than we found it. But we live in interesting times. We are on the board and a Grand Game is afoot, whether we like it or not. [Read more…]

Texas Adoption Discrimination Bill – It’s Complicated

“A governmental entity or any person that … operates under governmental authority to refer or place children for child welfare services may not discriminate or take any adverse action against a child welfare services provider on the basis, wholly or partly, that the provider has declined or will decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a [Read More…]

A Pagan at the National Day of Prayer

Many public events for the National Day of Prayer restrict participation to Evangelical Christians, but an interfaith event in Denton, Texas included many more religious traditions, including Pagans. [Read more…]

The Loyalty Day Proclamation: Loyalty is Earned, Not Commanded

The very idea of a Loyalty Day is offensive, no matter who is issuing the proclamation. Loyalty by command is feudalism. Real loyalty must be earned. [Read more…]

Paganism Is Evolving, Not Dying

Paganism isn’t one thing – it’s a movement that contains many religions, proto-religions, and spiritualities. Even as parts of Paganism are dying, new parts are being born. Paganism isn’t dying, it’s evolving. [Read more…]

Mike Pence Needs Consent Culture

If a man can’t work with women in the same way he works with men, he can’t do his job. If he can’t do his job, he shouldn’t be in that job. [Read more…]

Don’t Be Respectable, Be Authentic

If we pretend to be harmless so our neighbors will like us, eventually we’ll convince ourselves we really are harmless, and we won’t be able to do the work we’ve been called to do. [Read more…]