February 2, 2018

Our annual observance of Black History Month often brings a chorus of “Why’s” from both the innocently uninformed and the malicious racists. Let’s be clear: We have Black History month because we have short memories when it comes to our national sins against African-Americans. The collective “we” vaguely remember the millions enslaved but we “forget” the horror they experienced. We forget the horror of being property and all that comes with that. We forget the murders, the rapes, the forced… Read more

January 15, 2018

“Dr. King’s faith and his love for humanity led him and so many other heroes to courageously stand up for civil rights of African Americans. Through his bravery and sacrifice, Dr. King opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation. He stirred the hearts of our people to recognize the dignity written in every human soul.” – Donald Trump, Remarks, January 12, 2018 “He called for America to live up to its promise—to make all Americans free and… Read more

September 5, 2017

It has often been customary in American politics for the most recent president to remain silent during the tenure of their successor. But in Trump’s America? Well, that tradition of old isn’t such a great idea– even former President Obama knows the importance of all Americans speaking out. As President Trump today announced the end of Obama’s program that allowed children who were brought here illegally to remain in the only country they know, the former president could not remain silent…. Read more

June 17, 2017

Conservatives are wringing their hands about the “ominous” increase in violence from the left. But they have been very silent or dismissive of the violence incited by Trump and carried out by his supporters over the last couple years. Read more

June 2, 2017

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty… for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” Revelation 11:17-18 (ESV) Conservative Christians, for a number of reasons, do not accept the consensus of scientists who say the planet is imperiled by global climate change. But among the reasons, along with economic and politically based ones, are the theological ones. Conservatives, who claim to take the bible literally, have slapped together a mixture of proof texts and sanctified wishful thinking to prop up their… Read more

May 23, 2017

A big part of current conservative Christian mythology is that they are under constant persecution. The reality is that they are not, they are often the ones doing the persecution, and they are doing harm to their message by pretending to be persecuted. Let’s explore this. Read more

May 18, 2017

Would President Pence be “better” or worse than Donald Trump? That’s a fair question. A quick Google search will give you a number of people who think he would be better. And a number who think otherwise. Let’s talk about this. Better is a relative term and, given the low bar set by Trump, it is an easy goal to achieve depending on how you define “better.” Pence would definitely bring far less drama and volatility to the office. He would… Read more

May 15, 2017

Seven years ago I received an email. A day later I wrote: People he loved and respected told him he was making an evil choice. He didn’t see it as a choice. He had wished for years it was a choice but he was being honest and being who he was. At 17 he told the world he was a gay man. His family “disowned” him. Some people, mostly from his old church, “unfriended” him where it really matters: in real… Read more

May 10, 2017

Led by people like Franklin Graham, who has compared Planned Parenthood to Nazi death camps, conservative Christians insist that abortion is a political “make or break” issue. Graham has even “quit” the Republican Party over the issue. Abortion is a frequently cited reason for Evangelical support of Trump during the last presidential campaign. But the reality is that abortion is a playing piece in their lifestyle choice. Like their boasts about the importance of “spreading the gospel” most conservative Christians also make… Read more

May 3, 2017

Big Talk, No (Real) Action. How often has it happened? You are in a conversation with a conservative Christian about war, poverty, hungry children, the economy, or baseball and suddenly the topic-changing trump-card of abortion is played. It is a way, used masterfully over the years, to distract from any uncomfortable subject. I cannot tell you the number of times a conversation, discussion, or debate has been hijacked for a place on the moral high-ground that many Christians believe abortion… Read more

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