21 Feb 2008

On The Need To Grow Up

As I've written before, I would have my class think of the first word that occurred to them when I said the word “Gay.” All of them said that the first thing that occurred to them was the word “sex.” As I told them, let's assume that the average couple

12 Feb 2008

Most of the Institutional Church is Anti-Christian

Articles such as this one, and books such as “God, Gays, and the Church” as seen on Pam's House Blend, call attention to a very disturbing fact: Most of the institutional Church is not only doing inestimable harm to the cause of Christ, but is antithetical to that very cause

10 Feb 2008

Christian Fascism is an Oxymoron

“On the surface, the 71-year-old Mr. McCain would seem an ideal candidate in evangelical eyes. He has long opposed abortion rights — the litmus test for many conservative Christians –and as a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war is regarded as a national war hero. “His tough guy persona

05 Feb 2008

Social Darwinism and the Current Conservative Ethos

In a post I wrote on May 10, 2007, entitled, The Pathology of the Gay Conservative, I began with the following statement: “To “conserve” in the political sense, means to adhere to traditions of fiscal responsibility and seek to minimizie the government's intrusion or encroachment on individual rights!” As I

04 Feb 2008

Another Attempted Erosion of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

“A state lawmaker wants to ban restaurants from serving food to obese customers — but please, don't be offended. He says he never even expected his plan to become law. “'I was trying to shed a little light on the number one problem in Mississippi,' said Republican Rep. John Read

29 Jan 2008

We Are Being Played For Fools

“Obama is too intelligent to be stuck on stupid on the gay issue. His 'homophobic mishaps' are calculated moves to win an important voting bloc: black churchgoing homophobic Christians.” [See this essay by Rev. Irene Monroe.] “Fox host highlights 'affectionate' embrace between Bush, openly gay congressman.” [See here.] On my

23 Jan 2008

People Are Being Played Like A Fiddle

“A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks. “The study concluded that the statements 'were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively

21 Jan 2008

Another Reason Why Religious Institutions Should Not Be Tax Exempt

This article highlights one more reason why religious organizations should be made to pay their fair share of taxes as do secular organizations. I see no legitimate reason why churches and church bodies should get a pass on taxes! Indeed, such a pass may be seen to help promote most

16 Jan 2008

Symbolism, Nudity, And Sexuality

This article highlights the visceral fear, if not revulsion, against symbolic references to genitals. Here is a brief quote from that article: “State Del. Lionel Spruill introduced a bill Tuesday to ban displaying replicas of human genitalia on vehicles, calling it a safety issue because it could distract other drivers.

13 Jan 2008

Religion’s Need To Construct Enemies

There is an interesting article in the “Salt Lake Tribune” regarding Salt Lake City's newly elected mayor Ralph Becker's first official action as mayor to have a citywide registry of domestic partners, which would include same-sex couples. Beyond the courageous action of Ralph Becker, and the indications that, relatively speaking,