Why Are Right Wing Extremists So Anti-Islamic?

Simple. It has nothing to do with the color of skin. It’s nothing that simple. In fact, most right wingers don’t know WHY they are Islamophobic. They just know they “support Israel” because their leaders “support Israel” and they must do as their leaders tell them because that’s why we have leaders because they know better than we do.… [Read more]

Sermon from an Atheist

For those of you who don’t know, I’m an atheist. Yep.  I’m one of those godless heathens those hellfire-and-brimstone preachers warned you about. I don’t believe in Jesus – in fact, I don’t believe that Jesus really existed at all. I think Jesus is pretty much a compilation of all the various god myths from all over the planet – they all are pretty much the same: born of a virgin at the winter solstice and all that.… [Read more]

The Least Among Us

Why are people so angry at those in need?

Every day, quote after quote pops up on social media sites. Often it’s the words of Ben Franklin* (inaccurately accredited to the Bible):  “God helps those who helps themselves.” Yesterday I read “You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.” These are the words of a Presbyterian minister, but had been falsely presented as a quote from Abraham Lincoln as “proof” that our 16th President had much in common with today’s Conservative agenda.… [Read more]

Is the Majority of the GOP Just a Bunch of Oxy-morons?

In some states, Evangelical Christians comprise more than 50% of the Republican electorate. In addition, the Republican electorate is, in 2012, almost exclusively right-wing in ideology. It is therefore accurate to say that generally, right-wing Christians make up the majority of Republican voters. The question is, “Is the term or the notion of a right-wing Christian an oxymoron, either literally or essentially?” Put in another way, is saying the term right-wing Christian tantamount to saying something like “gay Nascar?” Alright, alright, give me a break!… [Read more]

Is the GOP Morally Bankrupt?

As Sarah Palin might say, “You betcha!”  Maybe that was too easy… Perhaps a better query is, “Should governance be moralistic?”  At least it’s a bit more challenging. Assuming that governance in the U.S. is all about “we the people”, and the “collective good” is the ideal, then the answer should also be a resounding “Yes!”  Of course, if we were talking about some right-wing dictatorship (that we, the U.S., were so fond of aligning ourselves with a few decades ago and are now in the business of removing at gun point — oops!… [Read more]

Rick Perry’s God Problem

Rick Perry got me thinking the other day.  He had an encounter with a fourteen year old bisexual girl that went like this:

“This is about my faith, and I happen to think that there are a whole host of sins, homosexuality being one of them,” Perry said, adding that he himself was “a sinner” so he wouldn’t “be the first one to throw a stone”.[Read more]