Reading Time: 3 minutes As another year ends, we all seek to learn from past lessons and apply them to next year. A new goal, a new lesson learned, something to guide us as we continue on our lifelong journey of self-improvement. Some of the people on this journey may have political opinions slightly different than yours. The far […]
Knowledge is power—that’s why the right is attacking schools
Reading Time: 7 minutes By attacking schools, Republicans are attacking democracy. We must prevent a minority from imposing their will on us and our children.
Christian rant against climate change is a paper tiger
Reading Time: 5 minutes A scattered conservative attack on climate change is full of rage. It should instead be full of facts. Let’s pick it apart.
Truss is UK’s new PM: Echoes of Trump?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Liz Truss has just become the new UK Prime Minister after Boris Johnson was forced to resign following strings of allegations of lying and the Partygate scandal. It now seems a long time since the highest government politicians and accomplices were attending boozy parties while the rest of the country was forced into lockdown under […]
Red and Blue America go to marriage counseling
Reading Time: 4 minutes Red and Blue America, locked in a troubled marriage for some time, finally agreed to see a couple’s counselor, and here’s the transcript of their first session: Counselor: Welcome in, Red and Blue! Aren’t you a cute couple! Please, speak freely and tell me the nature of your marital riff. Red: If I may go […]
Who will be the next UK Prime Minister?
Reading Time: 8 minutes Sometimes I think living in the Conservative Party-led UK is like living in the U.S., but without the guns. Over the last decade, unhealthily assisted by the divisive Brexit debacle, the UK has slipped into popularist polarization. We used to fight over the center ground, but that seems to be a thing of the past. […]
Why are so many evangelicals so un-Christian?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Even conservative American evangelicals are becoming increasingly aware—and alarmed—that so many of their fellow brethren continue to model decidedly un-Christian behavior while devotedly embracing the aggressive, heretical cruelties of their beloved but former president, Donald Trump. The nation’s destructive current right-wing religio-political zeitgeist of culture-war rage, paranoia, and meanness is summarized in disquieting detail in […]
Boris Johnson resigns: the rat sinks as the ship flees
Reading Time: 9 minutes Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, has resigned. He has presided over the 7th shortest Prime Ministerial reign, a time that has been rocked by scandal after scandal. How did we get here? Left with hardly any fingernails left as he gripped tenuously to power, this morning’s fresh wave of government resignations left him with […]
Living in a state with a Republican supermajority
Reading Time: 2 minutes On Tuesday, the Republican governor of Missouri, Mike Parson, failed to confirm his choice for director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Perhaps, during a highly politicized pandemic and at a time of intense political polarization, this might seem unsurprising to you. “Of course, the Democrats will try anything to thwart a […]
Missouri Republicans try to ban teaching the American Revolution
Reading Time: 5 minutes Last week Republican lawmakers in Missouri tried to ban the teaching of the American Revolution in public schools. This is not what they thought they were doing, but this is what they did. In House Bill 1474, ostensibly an act designed to integrate a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” into existing legislation governing public schools, they […]