Father responds to local letter on separation of church and state.

A man named Colin Carr wrote a letter-to-the-editor of my hometown paper challenging the separation of church and state.  He opens with: This is written in response to the article published byThe Baxter Bulletin on Nov. 15, entitled, “Think over, ‘Under God.” Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country where we have the God-given [Read More...]

Kevin Sorbo (from God’s Not Dead) rants at atheists. Father responds.

Kevin Sorbo played the ridiculous caricature of an atheist foil in the movie God’s Not Dead (which has been torn apart by plenty, but none so thoroughly as Dan Fincke).  Sorbo just took to the Conservative Tribune to rant on atheists. It turns out that Kevin Sorbo is definitely not a philosopher, despite playing a [Read More...]

Father dissects dissenting judge’s opinion in Virginia gay marriage case.

We were all excited when the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals struck down Virginia’s gay marriage ban (and, in doing so, struck down gay marriage bans in four other states).  But did you know that it was a 2-1 decision?  My father recently had the opportunity to dissect the dissenting opinion for a new facebook [Read More...]

Father on “rule of law” with regard to immigration.

My hometown paper just ran an opinion article titled, no shit, “Rule of Law Trumps Compassion.”  It was penned by a man named Jack R. Kunath who really wants to help the children receiving amnesty here in the United States, but dagnabbit he just feels bound by the rule of law: In my opinion — [Read More...]

Father on why young people, specifically, are rejecting religion.

Father linked to a good article this morning from, of all places, my conservative hometown paper.  The article discusses the implication for a society that is less religious than ever, and only becoming more so: The decline in religiosity is especially telling. When one considers how theistic beliefs typically are passed down from generation to [Read More...]

Dad on “Not perfect, just forgiven.”

Father had someone drop the “We’re not perfect, just forgiven” trope on him the other day.  Father was apparently not in the mood. “We’re not perfect, just forgiven.” How often we hear this. We usually hear it from Christians who have been caught doing something despicable. Usually said with smug superiority, it is a cheap [Read More...]

Father on “attacking Christians”.

Dad is spreading holiday cheer by jousting with right wingers in the comment section of our local paper.  This one, I thought, was particularly good: FREDDY BOEN says, “Just because one chooses to be an atheist does not give him the right to attack Christians, for this nation was founded on the principle that man [Read More...]

Father on Duck Dynasty’s ex-star Phil Robertson’s “freedom of speech.”

So you may have heard that the star of a reality show based around what a down home yokul he is said some very hateful things about gay people.  As a result, he was fired from the show.  Well this has the South up in a tizzy about how persecuted this poor Christian man is.  [Read More...]

Father on the war on Christmas.

This cartoon ran the other day in my hometown newspaper: This is what I grew up with in Bumblefuck, Arkansas.  Anyway, father waded into the comments of the cartoon on line: what is there about a generic “Happy Holidays” that could possibly offend anyone? Or would, in any way, infringe upon people’s ability to enjoy [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: dad signed up for Obamacare.

My father’s facebook status from this morning: For the record, just signed up for ACA. My monthly premium is officially $52.50 as opposed to the $1952.00 quarterly premium I had. I went from a bronze plan to a silver plan. Both plans are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas. Took me about 2.5 total hours [Read More...]