January 19, 2019

There's a powerful conservative Christian movement in this country which finds the idea of a Theocracy  powerfully attractive.  Imagine...A government like ancient Israel's with God directly in charge, favoring his Chosen People with blessing and prosperity and cursing...

January 3, 2019

The covert conviction that God is an American has been the engine driving our nation's self-image from the very beginning.   Of course, we don't say it quite like that.  We use high-sounding phrases like "A City on a Hill," and "Manifest Destiny," and other inspiration...

December 28, 2018

Lately, it seems as if many conservatives, and some prominent Christian leaders, are convinced that Capitalist Theory was engraved on the Tables of Stone and carried by Moses down Mount Sinai.  There's no question, according to many Christian conservatives, that God is...

December 14, 2018

"Christian anti-Semitism" is an Oxymoron

But what about forced conversions? Widespread expulsion from major countries of Europe? Pogroms?  Centuries of persecution by Christians?  And what about the horrifying anti-Semitism of some of Martin Luther's writings?1  And the...

December 5, 2018

"Days often begin in the middle of the night — say, 3 a.m. — to leave enough time to get to a pickup point (a parking lot or vacant lot), be picked up (or not — the labor contractors who collect workers and deliver them to farms generally don’t take all of them), and g...

November 28, 2018

It is apparent to many thoughtful and engaged citizens of this country that we are on a slippery slope, sliding ever closer to the fatal precipice known as  totalitarianism.  Where might makes right.  And even more frightening, where might makes...

October 5, 2018

A poem written on the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh

September 6, 2018

For several decades, a powerful religious movement has been working behind the scenes to undermine and eventually destroy the "wall of separation" between church and state.  Thanks to the latest Supreme Court appointment, they may just succeed.  

My article in...

June 28, 2018

When Jeff Sessions as Attorney General used the Romans 13 admonition to obey the law as an attempt to justify the separation of children from parents seeking asylum in this country, government had reached a new low.  Most of the protests against this usage involved the...

June 25, 2018

The stereotype of missionaries as grasping, greedy exploiters of native peoples is unfair, according to a recent study conducted of missionary activities worldwide.  Turns out that the work of Protestant missionaries is associated with a much higher level of empowermen...

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