Not Apologizing-A Meditation for Lent, Day 31


Real apologies require real change by the offending party. And they don't include disclaimers. We haven’t changed the way we treat the Native People of this continent, and so we have nullified the apology. I’m sure the Standing Rock Sioux and all the other Native People were not surprised, considering how long they've known us. It’s who we are, we who apologize through the clenched teeth of war-making.

My Family and Friends: Why They Voted For Trump


Two weeks ago, 61,900,000 people for voted for Donald Trump. I was not among them. Like 64,000,000 others, I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton received the majority of votes, but to the consternation of her voters, she lost anyway, due to the USA’s Electoral College system, which is less concerned with absolute … Continue reading My Family and Friends: Why They Voted For Trump

Dear President-Elect Trump: I Waited Five Days to Write This


This is your first chance to prove to me that I am wrong about you: condemn the hateful graffiti, threats, and intimidations of the past five days and during the campaign. Tell your alt-right supporters that you renounce them and you renounce hate. Tell the people who voted for you to renounce hatred, racism and intimidation. Do it quickly and do it without qualification.

Does Jim Dobson "Make Stuff Up?"


In the mid to late 1980's I was going through a spiritual journey that would take me from the insular world of hyper-fundamentalist Christianity with its certainties, quick and easy answers, and lack of ambiguity to a place where I had to walk by faith and not by the myth of certainty. I traveled the … Continue reading Does Jim Dobson "Make Stuff Up?"

Romney and Kennedy: Losing Their Religion


The former liberal Governor of Massachusetts, who before being born again to the theo-conservative movement, was a pro-gay-rights-pro-choice-pro-socialized-medicine Country Club Republican, finally gave The Speech. The Speech is being compared to JFK's "I am a Catholic" speech. Indeed, the similarity of the Speeches is not in what they declare, but in what they deny. That … Continue reading Romney and Kennedy: Losing Their Religion

Kansas Sam and the Temple of Doom


God is an exalted, perfected man.Jesus of Nazareth is the biological child of God the Father who had sexual relations with the Virgin Mary. After his resurrection, Jesus came to a lost tribe of Israelites called the Nephites, who lived in what is now the U.S. He appointed twelve apostles from the Nephites and they … Continue reading Kansas Sam and the Temple of Doom

Mitt Romney, Evangelicals and the End of Religious Tests


Once upon a time, conservative evangelical and fundamentalist Christians had principles. And one of those principles was: theology matters. They would rail against the slightest deviation from the evangelical creed: the inerrant Bible, the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, bodily resurrection and dual nature of Christ, and his imminent second advent.No faithful conservative evangelical would ever … Continue reading Mitt Romney, Evangelicals and the End of Religious Tests