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I Give Homage to God.  I am Morally Superior.

I Give Homage to God. I am Morally Superior.

People who don’t believe in God are constantly disparaged as immoral by those who do.  Many conservatives believe that most of what they perceive to be wrong with the world can be traced to secular humanism, a phrase they can barely utter without spitting.  For them, secular humanism is a nasty weed that sprouts from […]

March 23, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven

Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven

When my friend Doug wrote that “God loves us like an abusive parent,” it sounded so very harsh, but it then reminded me of that most troublesome of concepts:  hell. I was raised Catholic, where hell was portrayed to be a very bad place to go.  Many Catholics, however, and many liberal Christians, don’t believe […]

March 22, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

When did careful planning and execution become un-cool in real life? Probably about the same time it became un-cool in Hollywood.  Think how the American hero has evolved. He used to be smart, principled and disciplined.  Not anymore.  Where we used to have student-of-the-game Ted Williams, we now have Barry Bonds.  Where we used to […]

March 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
Earth is Turning into a Giant Slum

Earth is Turning into a Giant Slum

Salon.com offers a review of Mike Davis’ distressing new book:  “Planet of Slums.” According to Davis, most of Earth’s growth “is occurring in shantytowns and tenements stretching from Karachi, Pakistan, to Lima, Peru, where people live crowded together in densities that sometime dwarf those of such notorious 19th century human anthills . . .” Planet […]

March 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
Sunk Costs and Iraq

Sunk Costs and Iraq

Three years ago, my 96-year-old grandfather was dying and he was upset.  But he wasn’t upset about dying. He approached his own death with great inner strength.  What made him upset was that his government had needlessly invaded Iraq.  Because Iraq was not a threat, he said, we were squandering precious resources better used at […]

March 21, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Stop the War.  Feed the People

Stop the War. Feed the People

On March 19, 2006, 900 demonstrators converged on Forest Park in St. Louis to make the following statement: “Stop the War-Feed the People.” The demonstrators set up a cemetery with 2000 tombstones honoring people killed in the Iraq war (each tombstone contained the name of one American and one Iraqi citizen):   This St. Louis demonstration […]

March 19, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Carefully Counting the Dead

Carefully Counting the Dead

Let’s see . . .  We attacked Iraq because “they killed 3,000 Americans.”  Besides being racist (it assumes that all people from the Middle East are the same, when we’ve always known that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks), this war cry has proven to be a grossly irrational wasting of lives and […]

March 17, 2006 | By | Reply More
Beware Claims of Pregnancy Resource Centers

Beware Claims of Pregnancy Resource Centers

The following is a letter I wrote to an acquaintance who asked me to contribute to a “Pregnancy Resource Center” in order to assist them to do their “important work.”   As you can see, my investigation revealed that Pregnancy Resource Centers are unwilling to plainly admit their real agenda. Dear ____:  I was intrigued when […]

March 17, 2006 | By | 20 Replies More
Your share of our $9 trillion national debt

Your share of our $9 trillion national debt

According to this article, the national debt is also increasing by $350 billion per year, which is about $1100 for every man, woman and child in America, or about $100 per month.  That’s a debt that Bush and our Republican Congress is spending, and handing you the bill for.  That’s on top of the taxes […]

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