Father rips into Steve Deace on gay rights.

My hometown paper just printed an article by Steve Deace.  I’ll give you the first bit of it so you can get a sense for the whole thing: This spring, when the Supreme Court hears arguments on the gay marriage cases the justices accepted Friday, it is going to be hearing much more than a [Read More...]

Father’s take on the community’s reaction to the nativity lawsuit in my hometown.

My father wrote up his thoughts on the behavior of many of the locals with regards to the AHA’s lawsuit against Baxter County for discriminating against non-Christians: I find myself bemused by the number of timeless—or timeworn, as the case may be—-themes I see being played out in our little local nativity on the square [Read More...]

The reason for the season.

Today Michaelyn and I are traveling to her mother’s house to spend Christmas.  I have a few posts ready to go, but no heavy lifting.  But I wanted to leave you with this one.  I posted it last year and it’s still depressing relevant. My father came across somebody who said… This year and every [Read More...]

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...]