The Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflicts

Karl Sharro created the diagram above to clarify the geopolitical relationships in the Middle East, which many find confusing. It appeared in The Atlantic together with accompanying text which, if you read it, will make things clearer still. I thought I would share it here, in case there are blog readers who struggle to grasp the precise [Read More…]

Right to Refuse Service

Indiana passed a so-called religious freedom bill, which actually protects the right of businesses to refuse service. On the one hand, we ought to be very concerned indeed when we consider that this same legislation could justify refusing to serve people based on race, as long as the racism is justified by a religious belief. It might ultimately [Read More…]

Banning God from Schools and T-Shirts

It is interesting that an atheist could apparently see that the theology on the t-shirt on the left above is idiotic, while the conservative American Christian who made it, and those who wear it, apparently could not. Someone did their own version, making the t-shirt on the right above, which they shared on imgur. But the [Read More…]

Wanting a Religious State

From Could Be Worse’s 2-Panel Tales [Read more…]

Crossfire, Indeed!

Via Anthony Le Donne [Read more…]

Using Jesus to Get Votes

I spotted some conservative organization’s voters’ guides in the room where a very conservative member of my church leads a small Sunday school class. I was struck by the way the pamphlet tries to hijack conservative religious concerns to garner votes. A couple of points seem worth noting. First, there is a consistent record of Republican and other conservative [Read More…]

Corporations, Conscience, and Conversion

A couple of cartoons on issues of corporations and freedom of religion, via Daily Kos.   [Read more…]

Where We Focus Our Efforts

The United States lags behind other countries in many respects, despite being wealthier, and in most instances also more populous. We have more money and hours than most other major world powers and developed nations to dedicate to the things we consider important. And so why are things like poverty, health care, and education not [Read More…]

It’s All Here in the Bible

I wish I’d come across this political cartoon by Kevin Moore about Obama as the antichrist when it was made in 2008. But better late than never, and even if it is not as politically timely now, its point about Biblical interpretation remains as relevant as ever. [Read more…]

Patheos Public Square

There’s a relatively new feature on the Patheos website: Patheos Public Square. The current topic is “Does America Need a Civil Religion?” [Read more…]


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