Ok. Time Out Is Now Over

You can come out and play with the big boys again as long as you promise to play nice! From time to time on my blog I have blathered on about the racism, homophobia, and blatant misogyny found at Bob Jones “University.” But foolish me: You don’t shame religious bigots and hypocrites. They proudly wear the derision of the sane… Continue reading

Way Back in My Long Ago…

When I was a little boy I was taught this Bible story about the devil tempting Jesus. The story appears in the gospels: 5. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor;… Continue reading

Uniquely Positioned to Shed Some Light

Introduction In the last few weeks I have seen one too many Facebook posts (typically linking to desperate articles) from my Pensacola Christian School classmates of yore clumsily trying to justify Donald Trump as the “moral choice” in this election. That absurdity is what prompted me to write this post. Those of us who grew up in the fundamentalist movement… Continue reading

Bob Jones III Must Be Elated!

In the early 1980’s, then “university” president Bob Jones III publicly called for the stoning of gay people. I know. Seems crazy. (All the fumes from that musty art work in the gallery not to mention playing dress up with all of the priceless costumes in the Rodeheaver Auditorium costume shop!) But, yes, he actually called for the murder of… Continue reading

Attend Bob Jones University?

‘ve written a lot about my former alma mater, Bob Jones University. But, you know, the truth is: I want to stop writing about this family business. I don’t like spending my time thinking and writing about things that are so negative, ugly, and hurtful. Unfortunately, I can’t. Not yet. Issues The topics always seem to remain the same: homophobia,… Continue reading

The Toxic Hellstew of Religion

I have come to the end of my rope with religion. I have shared with those close to me that I actively view religion as the most evil force on our planet. I am not talking about people of faith. I am not talking about those who organize around concerted efforts to be kind and to do good. But kindness,… Continue reading

Reflecting on Those “Underserved” after being “Ravaged by Abuse”

The New York Times is reporting that Bob Jones University is faulted for halting an abuse study. The first paragraph starts with a bang and gets more heartbreaking from there. GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist… Continue reading

Coming Apart at the Seams

I blogged before about the issue of Bob Jones University having Chuck Phelps remain on its board of trustees after the facts about Phelps’ inappropriate conduct became public as a result of Ernie Willis’ trial for the rape of 15 year old Tina Anderson. In that previous post, I stated that I could see no way Bob Jones University could… Continue reading

The High Price of Hate

I’ve blogged before about how the extremists in religious fundamentalism are killing faith practice in this country. We have further proof: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (a project from the Pew Research Center) reports that in the last 5 years alone, the group of people who self label as having no religious affiliation has gone up 5%… Continue reading

Homophobia & Religious Fundamentalism: The Real Issue Extremists Don’t Want You To Know

I brought forward several issues in my post last week, Thinking About Attending Bob Jones University? Don’t!, that I find of great concern about that institution. Three of the four broader issues are*: Sexism Racism Homophobia The focus of this post is what all three of these issues have in common. I begin by sharing a conversation I and four… Continue reading