To paraphrase Art Linkletter, "Kids do the darndest things." And adults often assume the worst. I got this e-mail a little while ago from one of the other clergy at St. Martin's.I saw A---- just now, and she reported that, in fact, the teacher of the after school program reported the girls had made a … Continue reading Of Nooses, Swings and Butterfly Rings
Yesterday was a long Sunday, which had followed two grinding days of our Diocesan Convention, an annual snooze-fest more about Robert's Rules than Jesus' Gospel. After two services, and a two hour meeting with a new outreach board, I was dead-tired, looking forward to cocooning with my newspaper (you remember those?) and going to bed … Continue reading St. Martin’s Noose: The Damnedest Thing or A Halloween Prank?
One might excuse Rush Limbaugh's "Osama Obama" as parody. One might forgive Roger Ailes "slip of the tongue" asking why Musharraf can't capture "Barak Obama." One might explain Lindsey Graham posing with the "Osama Obama" sign as a trick of the liberal media. But after a while, a pattern emerges.Yesterday, at a Greenwood Chamber of … Continue reading Is "Osama-Obama" a GOP Talking Point?
I jumped the Clinton Middle Class Express when it stopped in front of the Iran-Iraq border and swiveled its 20mm guns to face the Republican Guard. Running back towards the relative safety of the newly secured streets of Baghdad, the thought hit me: I had just endorsed Barak Obama for President (or at least for … Continue reading Note to Obama: Keep McClurkin Singing
Genesis 32:3-312 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5 Luke 18:1-8He had actually broken out in a cold sweat when he heard the news. His twin brother was coming for him, with army of mountain bandits, desperate men who made a living raiding the caravans from the east that wandered across the Negev. The blades of their swords … Continue reading Two Thieves and the Dark Man
I'm not sure what the final straw was. Her shape shifting on Iraq. Her health care plan that is sure to enrich insurance companies and bankrupt the middle class. Her thinly veiled threat of war with Iran.I wanted to go with the sure bet, for a change. No third-party Quixote, no fringe true believer. I … Continue reading All Options Are No Longer On the Table: Goodbye Senator Clinton
My friend Not Very Bright, asked me a couple days ago to answer the question "How is torture different, morally speaking, from accepted techniques of warfare?" And NVB generously offered me a guest column on his space to answer that. I'm, not sure if I did it very well, but go over there and let … Continue reading Does torture matter?