Descendants of Confederate Generals Want Statues Removed

Descendants of Civil War generals are calling for the removal of the Confederate Monuments Read more

Living Within the Lost Cause of the Confederacy

I remember getting up early one morning and taking out a screwdriver and some pliers to attach a confederate flag tag to the front of my vehicle. The year was 1994 and I had a new Toyota truck. I also had a specific agenda and it didn’t involve heritage. I had started a new school and it just happened to be the sporting rival of the high school I had previously attended. The school I had attended was known as… Read more

Alabama Man who Used Peanut Butter to Escape Jail Has Been Captured

The focus of this blog is secular humanism, particularly in the southern US, but from time to time I’ll comment on social justice issues or stories from the south that grab my attention. I’m from Walker County, Alabama, and I write of my home often. It’s a land where the most absurd things happen and this story is no different. Brace yourselves. 12 inmates escaped jail last week by using peanut butter to write a number over a door. This… Read more

Old White Bigot Endorses Another Old White Bigot, Film at 11

In news that should shock no one Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, has endorsed Roy Moore for the open senate seat in Alabama. Read more

The Question of Colin Kaepernick

At the moment there are very few subjects that will set people off the way bringing up the name Colin Kaepernick will. I’ve sat idly by in my bubble of privilege and watched this drama play out while thinking certainly someone will sign the guy. Still, to this day, they haven’t.   I’m often limited to my experiences in the Deep South here in the United States and I’ve grown quite numb to the tired, racist things I hear around… Read more

The Right Thing About the Wrong Beliefs

“I’ve decided to think about my ‘beliefs’ in terms of how I live rather than what my unconscious assumptions are. Because there are lots of people that have all sorts of beautiful ‘beliefs’ that live really awful lives. If I’m on the side of a road bleeding, I don’t care if the priest or the Levite have beautiful ‘beliefs’ about the poor and the hurting … Give me the Samaritan. The heretic. The outsider who may have the ‘wrong’ ‘beliefs’… Read more

Roy Moore will be the next Senator from Alabama

I am making the prediction that Roy Moore, a man who has been removed from the Supreme Court of the state of Alabama twice, will win the senate seat left vacant by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III. Embed from Getty Images I am not happy to be confident this will occur. In fact I once thought men like Roy Moore were relegated to the dust bin of history. Oh how wrong I was. I truly believe, however, that I am spot… Read more

The Humanist Service Corps: A Year in Ghana Concluded

My year with the Humanist Service Corps has ended. I’ve been home from Ghana for two weeks. The return home has been a bit tougher than I anticipated. I haven’t seen my wife and 9 year old son in a year and seeing them has been as amazing as I anticipated. I missed them more than you can imagine. That being said I am struggling with the differences in my life in Ghana and here in the United States. More… Read more

A Southern Politician Tells the Truth

“But there are also other truths about our city that we must confront. New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were brought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor of misery of rape, of torture. America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were… Read more

Confederate Monuments and the Righteousness of Removal

I was having a discussion with some of my fellow southerners and it inspired this writing directed towards them. I am a southerner. I am born and raised in Alabama and I make no secret for the love of my home region. I grew up playing in the kudzu along the railroad tracks, picking muscadines, and reading Flannery O’Connor and Lewis Grizzard in the big tree behind my home. I know what a boiling vat of chitlins smells like (bad),… Read more