June 27, 2022

I skipped mass yesterday.  It was the best decision I’ve made for my own spiritual and moral health in a long time.  I’ve been living in a kind of purgatory ever since the Kavanaugh confirmation. The reason is clear cut.   What happened to me is that the Kavanaugh hearing destroyed my belief in the goodness of the Church. It was a two part change. First, I stopped believing that the bishops care if women are raped, tortured and murdered.... Read more

June 24, 2022

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade today. I’ve linked to the full decision so that you can read it yourself. It begins with a syllabus, which is basically the Cliff Notes. You can scroll down through that to get to the full decision itself. I haven’t read it yet. But I did glance at it. From what I saw, Alito cleaned up his language a bit, but most of the things that troubled me about his verbiage in the... Read more

June 23, 2022

The first Democratic witness testified on Day 4 of the hearings on Trump’s attempt to overthrow America’s government and make himself a dictator. The other witnesses have all been career Republicans who have held high positions in our government for years. Most of them have been attorneys and White House staff or Republican elected officials. They were, to a person, active Trump supporters in the 2020 election. Many of them had spent years working as Trump’s toadies. They had been... Read more

June 23, 2022

If you missed Day 4 of the committee hearings on the Jan 6 coup attempt by Donald Trump, you can watch it here. The abuse that Trump and his supporters heaped on the few Republican officials — all of whom had supported Trump’s bid for re-election — who refused to destroy America for him, was outrageous and dangerous. For a president to use his powers in this way is a contradiction of everything our country stands for. It is something... Read more

June 17, 2022

Here is yesterday’s hearing of the Jan 6 Committee. The hearings had a long patch in which a witness explained the legal reasons for why what Trump and his crew did was treasonous. It gets off into the legal weeds a bit. The easy way to summarize it is to say that America is not Russia or a tin-pot third world dictatorship. America is a Republic, and Americans are a free people because it is a Republic. Our leaders do... Read more

June 16, 2022

Before Abraham was, I Am.  Jesus I’ve heard a lot of sermons on the Trinity. In fact, I hear a sermon on the Trinity once a year.  But I’ve only heard one good sermon. It was well over 20 years ago in a small Episcopalian Church our family attended for a number of years. The priest in question was one of the kindest and best pastors I’ve ever had. Here is a summary of what he taught us on the Trinity.... Read more

June 15, 2022

Representative Liz Cheney released a video discussing the 1/6 hearings earlier this week, and previewing the hearing on Thursday. Here’s what she said about the attack on our democracy. Read more

June 15, 2022

A new poll shows that 49% of Americans think that we are going to lose our democracy. I think that if the Republicans take over the Congress next November, that may very well turn out to be true.  A Republican win in November will put the exact same people who authored resolutions and voted to overturn the 2020 election in control of the United States Congress.  Think about that for a moment. A vote for Republicans in November is a... Read more

June 15, 2022

Clergy sex abuse is a big topic, spanning generations of baby-raping clergy and their innocent child victims.  I’m going to write about it in small doses because there’s too much to say to try to put it in one blog post.   I want to begin with a small discussion of one of the most common arguments that the bishops and their priests have tried to use as an excuse for the Church’s corrupt, amoral and predatory behavior.  “We aren’t... Read more

June 14, 2022

  [S31] Any person who shall attempt to teach any free person of color, or slave, to spell, read or write, shall upon conviction thereof by indictment, be fined in a sum of not less than two hundred fifty dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars. Alabama Slave Code of 1833   Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to ban the children of undocumented immigrants from public schools. It’s not difficult to figure out why. All you have to do is think... Read more

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