Have you ever wonder how an all-loving God condemns LGBTQ folks to hell? It's something I call the “I'm Special Confirmation Bias.” There's nothing like taking a group that the Bible is mostly disinterested in (7 or fewer verses out of more than 31,000 verse) and turning them into one of the most vile groups … Continue reading Dear Christian, Vote for Love
In his dictum entitled, Evangelii Gaudium, or The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis puts it this way, “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market.” He goes on to call for a redistribution of wealth and reform of economic structures that would ensure greater equality of … Continue reading The Un-Christian Reality of Capitalism
“Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular … Continue reading Nationalism is Destroying Spirituality and Society
(Author's note: Clearly, this is not true for all Republicans, but is meant to be a playful -- if not sobering -- look at how biblical texts might be changed if they were a truer reflection of many of the perspectives being taken by the more overly zealous Republicans. I plan on doing several more … Continue reading Matthew 5:1-20 (The Republican Jesus Version)
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” A bronze plaque in the iconic Statue of Liberty proclaims those words. It is a call to what liberty, what … Continue reading Is Trump the Death Knell of a Compassionate America?
There are more than 30 examples in the Gospels of Jesus being a healer. Basically, he was a walking, talking health clinic. Next to teaching, it may be the thing Jesus put the most time into. When Jesus commanded his followers to “heal the sick,” it did not come with any caveats; there were no … Continue reading The Hypocrisy of “Christian” Republicans and Healthcare