The New Patriotism

My post is not intended to anger anybody. I’m the one who is angry. I literally grow angrier every week. In this post I share my perspective: some of what makes me angry. You see, I sense the careful crafting of a new idea I’m calling The New Patriotism. The New Patriotism is being born as our democracy, our representative… 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

Primary and Trusted Sources

Sometimes you take a punch to the gut when you realize just how astonishingly manipulative and brazenly dishonest people can be, especially when the stakes are high and massive amounts of money are at stake. An Example: Liars Lie My sister told me today in a phone call that she was really shocked to learn that even President Obama has… Continue reading

Offered without Comment

I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn’t exist. And I’m confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing… Continue reading

Should You Attend Bob Jones University?

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 almost certain collapse,… Continue reading

What’s the First Thing You Think of…

when I say: Lyndon B. Johnson? [polldaddy poll=7979908][hr] [hr] [twocol_one]For me, having grown up during his presidency, I think of Vietnam. Footage from the war was on TV every night. It was horrible, ghastly, never ending. But this is not what most concerned LBJ and the  Democratic Party at the time. Apparently they had extended conversations about what passing the… 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

It Just Doesn’t Add Up…

My grandfather and father both used the expression “horse sense*” as in, “It doesn’t make horse sense.” In other words, even the brain of a horse could figure this out. The following things don’t make horse sense to me. 1. That in the United States of American an adult can be clearly and emphatically told by the police not to… Continue reading

Christian Taliban? [Updated]

From time to time I’ve used the expression “Christian Taliban” in my blog posts. I want to make certain people understand what I mean by that, as well as what I don’t mean. What I Don’t Mean I don’t mean that Christians are like the Taliban. Most Christians in my experience are basically good people who try to be kind… 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