NYT and AU Won’t Cite Supreme Court Cases to Support Their Position The New York Times has joined in the chorus of disappointment over the House’s recent legislation enabling “houses of worship” to apply for National Disaster Relief funding from FEMA in the event their buildings are damaged or destoyed in any way. Similarly to… Read more
Staying An Ash Wednesday Execution Wesley Allen Mercer is scheduled to die today by lethal injection in the state of Louisiana. Mercer beat his 6-year old son to death back in 1992 and has been on death row ever since his conviction. Considering Louisiana’s capital punishment laws It is no surprise that he is scheduled… Read more Staying An Ash Wednesday Execution
Church Politics Just as Ugly as State Politics An excellent piece that navigates how church politics are influenced by the public sphere over dogma and polity. Heady stuff, but it hits the sweet spot of the cross-over between Church/State. Enjoy!
Congregants get what Cardinals Don’t Amen to that!
OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN One of my first most popular articles was my “Competition in Politics Hurts Everyone”. It was my attempt at a mode of public discourse I like to call “Constructivist”. This is one example of how I see “Constructivist discourse” being lived out. Here’s the text in case the photo… Read more
GOD: And the Political Platforms With the Republican National Conference done, and the Democratic National Conference closing, everyone is all astir with the real meat and potatoes of what these two parties stand for… Actually people seem to care more about empty chairs, feeding animals, old and dead Bill Clinton jokes, and the color of… Read more
Separating Religion from Political Parties: Guest Post Several folks I interacted with through various social media outlets before and after my “Separating Religion from Political Parties” post responded with “What!? Why should I separate my religious views from the way I vote?” That’s a legitimate question, and I honestly jumped the gun and went 10… Read more Separating Religion from Political Parties: Guest Post
Separating Religion from Political Parties, Part One:Why Christianity Should Have Nothing to do with the Republican Party (or any of them…) This is the first of several posts I’m planning on why people of faith should not be joined at the hip with any particular political party. Paul Ryan would like for the voters to… Read more
…Zombies win! Westboro Baptist Church is the bane of Christian existence. They perpetuate and promulgate the worst stereotypes of Medieval Christianity. They feed on sadness and tragedy. They spew hate and discord. And all this in the name of God. What has always protected them through some of their most horrendous protests is the First… Read more Westboro Baptist Church versus Zombies
A Call for Sanctuaries to Become Sanctuaries Psalm 20:7 (NIV) 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. One of my main objectives in beginning this blog was to provide a space for reasonable discussion of a healthy separation of Religious Institutions and State. I believe people… Read more In Guns We Shall Not Trust