Connecting the Dots

My grandfather had a wonderful, old, southern expression, “You could have knocked me over with a feather.” Richly descriptive, he used that twist of phrase to describe those moments when he was flabbergasted by the incredulous. I have to admit that, as I get to an age when I feel as though I should be able to say, “I’ve seen… 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

Should You Attend Bob Jones University?

Steve Pettit (Wikipedia) Should you attend Bob Jones University now that it has a new president? His last name isn’t even Jones. Mr. Steve Pettit, the newly appointed university president, was introduced to the student body on May 10th, by the chairman of the board, Larry Jackson. In a frantic attempt to save the institution (in its current form) from… Continue reading

Coming Apart at the Seams

Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson for John Shore (click for source) 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… Continue reading

She Nailed It!

Last night I wrote a post, “Christian Taliban?” that had been burning in my thinking. I couldn’t decide if I should write it or not. Finally I decided to commit it to writing. The movement of the spheres? This morning I see a link from a friend, thanks James! The TED talk by Lesley Hazleton, included at the end of… Continue reading

A Brief Moment of Clarity & Consistency

Introduction I have blogged before about Bob Jones University‘s racist history, the current chancellor’s support for stoning gay people (comments made in 1980 to an AP reporter when Jones was president of the institution), and that institution’s persistent subjugation of women. Thinking About Attending Bob Jones University? (focused more on misogyny and racism) Homophobia & Religious Fundamentalism: The Real Issue… Continue reading

The Actual State of Marriage in the US

Today, an interesting article appeared in my news feed that made me curious enough to do more reading about marriage and divorce. The facts, when isolated from a conservative or liberal agenda, are sobering, fascinating, and not at all what one might think given media coverage of the same. Here is an encapsulated version of the information I found. The… Continue reading

No Other Name Under Heaven

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Source: Acts 4:12 (NIV) Christ. Follow Christ. Be a Christian. The central message of the New Testament. Many Americans have even begun to use being “Christian” as a litmus test for the presidency. This month I… Continue reading

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

Bob Jones University sign at entrance on Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, South Carolina, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 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… Continue reading