Reading Time: 5 minutes Moral codes based on tribalism—defining the in-group and the out-group, whether by culture, religion or race—offer no solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict or any of the other wars wracking our world. The only path to peace is a morality based on empathy and universal humanity, yet it seems further from our grasp than ever.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The religious right no longer has the numbers or the influence to stop corporations from catering to shifting cultural norms, but they’re becoming more and more willing to use harassment and violence instead.
Reading Time: 7 minutes There’s been a lot of talk in the last few years about how college campuses are overrun with lefty “snowflakes”—students and professors (and even administrators)—who try to shut down free speech because they can’t handle opinions that contradict their existing beliefs. I believe the naysayers are usually mistaken (yet, not always, unfortunately). But, in my […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes [Previous: What rights do parents have over their children’s education?] The battle over public schools is a clash of values. There’s no such thing as neutral or value-free education. Every choice about what to present or what to omit from the classroom carries ideological weight. That’s why red-state politicians want to present one version of […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Methodist church, like other Christian denominations, is schisming over the question of whether LGBTQ people deserve equal rights.
Reading Time: 3 minutes I often write about Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church. Some Christian friends of mine have suggested that I should direct my critical attention onto Muslims. They join the chorus of similar anonymous grumbles I get on my blog. I criticise Islam (and Hinduism and Judaism and others) regularly, but they only notice when their […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes In the recent past, conservative Supreme Court Justices have legalized bigotry by allowing businesses owners to refuse service to select customers. Conservative justices might do this again, and again and again. America is not a country with a well-evolved service industry, and many business owners do not want to make profits by receiving money from […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes At the risk of exaggerating a connection to today’s American political environment, bald-faced lies disingenuously and persistently applied over time destroyed Germany’s pre-World War II Weimar Republic. The lies were spread by the racist Nazi Party’s fascist leader, Adolf Hitler, in a cynical and diabolical propaganda campaign inflicted on the German people during years of […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Sometimes, if you want to hear an interesting story, all you need is the right prompt. And this one on Twitter, asking people to share the worst church service they ever attended, was enough to inspire them to share all kinds of troubling anecdotes. There are so many responses, it’s hard to share them all, […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes A Baptist school in Louisiana kicked out a child who was about to enter kindergarten because she was recently adopted by lesbians. It’s the latest example of Christian love in action. The story is even more tragic when you realize what the child has been through. Five-year-old Zoey already lost both of her biological parents, […]