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
“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
“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?
A possible Religious Freedom executive order is currently being passed around to federal staff and advocacy organizations. The ignorance in it is dumbfounding. As reported by “The Nation,” it defines religious organizations so broadly that it includes “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,” and protects “religious freedom” in every walk of life: “when providing … Continue reading Trump’s Imbecilic, Un-Biblical Religious Freedom Executive Order
For many of us, the reality that the Bible isn't a science book basically goes without saying. Even if the Bible had been intended to be a science book (it wasn't), it would now be a couple of millennium out of date. Not to mention the fact that it was written in a prescientific age, … Continue reading No, the Bible Isn’t a Science Book – So Stop It
Shadow President Steve Bannon has said that one of the main goals of the Trump presidency will be to deconstruct the regulatory systems of the U.S. government. Basically, he is saying that the current administration has plans to render ineffectual or remove as many Executive branch agencies as possible. The main goal is to create … Continue reading Trump Aims to Deconstruct America
Dear President Trump, Can we talk? As a Presbyterian Church USA [PC(USA)] minister, I've become increasingly concerned about you and your faith journey. I understand that you grew up attending what you've called a “vibrant” PC(USA) church. And until recently, when you seem to have adopted a more conservative Evangelical outlook, you would readily claim … Continue reading Open Letter to Pres. Trump from a Southern Minister