The Book of Questions

Back in the ’80’s, when I was yet a young sapling, The Book of Questions was on the NYTimes Best Selling list, and I bought it. It was, in some ways, a coming of age experience at a time in my life when I was beginning to more closely re-examine everything I had been taught to think. What did I… Continue reading

Swear to God! True Story…

Yesterday the SCOTUS affirmed the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land, and the Obama death panels immediately started murdering grandmas in all 50 states! Today SCOTUS made marriage equality the law of the land, and preachers set themselves on fire, several southern states seceded from the Union (again!), Franklin Graham moved to Canada (only to discover they’ve… Continue reading

The Dignity of Human Equality for All People

My take on the SCOTUS’ ruling for marriage equality today is a little bit different than most people’s I think. You see, I suspect that today’s ruling will help further unshackle “traditional” marriage from the inequality inherent in the institution’s misogynistic roots. Let me explain… “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men [people] are created equal…”… Continue reading

Didn’t Learn a Thing from Their Racist Roots, Sadly

The Southern Baptist Convention closes its convention today issuing the statement below. I emboldened their statement to facilitate more easily differentiating between their statement and my editorial comments. [Editorial comments in brackets are mine.] As Southern Baptist Christians, we are committed to Biblical faith and ethics [I could make a long list of broken commitments.]. As a result, this body… 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

Well Happy-Doodle-Doo! Someone Is Finally Being Honest!

The leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Albert Mohler, spoke the truth yesterday at the Southern Baptist Convention. His words should jar the religious conservatists to the bone! Look I really don’t fear- It’s really important that you and … every other pastor needs to say “I’m not going to perform a same-sex wedding,” but let’s be honest, there’s not… Continue reading

TWIR #2: Relationship between Baltimore and Marriage Equality? [Updated]

The Week in Review: Topic Two—Let’s look at the relationship between the tragic events in Baltimore this week and the historic arguments presented before the Supreme Court for marriage equality… Yes, only my mind thinks like this!1 When you have been taught that you have a constitutional democracy for, by, and of the people2, and you believe that government is… Continue reading

The Week in School: Militarized Schools & Poverty

I make it a personal policy to work very hard not to swear like a sailor on my blog. At times this self-imposed policy is profoundly hard for me. The first part of this post, especially, is one such moment: Militarization of public schools. San Diego School District Purchases 18-Ton Military Surplussed Armored Vehicle This falls in the “What the… Continue reading

Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power

I thought of our nation’s social studies teachers when I saw this excellent video on the civic responsibility we have to teach social studies as the study of power. It’s an interesting take on middle and high school education, at the very least. Eric Liu makes some very provocative and important points in this 19 minute video. One of his… Continue reading

Christianity and Social Justice

“The poor you have with you always.” —Jesus And with that people who self label as Christians dismiss any obligation to help anyone but their religious leaders as they seek to curry God‘s favor and reap the bountiful blessings they believe are due them. It’s just easier. I stumbled upon1 this quotation that needs to sink deeply into the hearts… Continue reading