Category: Religion

Free, White and 21: Livin' large in the USA

Free, White and 21:  Livin' large in the USA
It was the late 70’s and YMCA was a staple at bar mitzvahs and weddings.  Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight was in heavy rotation on Chicago’s The Loop radio station and Hip Hop was on the rise. About that time my fledgling career crossed paths with that of a man I will call John, whose career... Read more »

Brian Sicknick fell victim to a mob of misguided miscreants sent by Donald John Trump

Brian Sicknick fell victim to a mob of misguided miscreants sent by Donald John Trump
The remains of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick were delivered to the Capitol rotunda Tuesday night and memorial services were held there on Wednesday preceding burial at Arlington National Cemetery. As I watched the proceedings, my sadness deepened, as did my anger. Lying liar Kevin McCarthy, a knowing conspirator in the lies that led to the... Read more »

Merry Christmas to you, whether you like it or not

Merry Christmas to you, whether you like it or not
A Christmas throwback from 2015: Merry Christmas and I mean it.  I like saying it.  Something about it makes me feel good and I suspect that’s true for a lot of people. Saying Merry Christmas is not a political issue.  It is a simple wish for peace or joy or happiness, if only for a... Read more »
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Do you really think the government won't let you say Merry Christmas?

Do you really think the government won't let you say Merry Christmas?
Originally published in 2016, this is a Christmas throwback: The so-called War on Christmas is one of many contrived threats to America that has Christians circling the manger.  The FACT is, the only threat to Christmas is spoiled eggnog. Donald Trump can stand in front of a thousand Christmas trees with a flashing Merry Christmas... Read more »

Maybe Allah is not god and maybe Jesus was just a carpenter

Maybe Allah is not god and maybe Jesus was just a carpenter
The featured image above gained attention when it was thought to be a picture of Brian Kemp (left) and Gregory McMichael (right). Kemp, former Georgia Secretary of State, is best known for stealing the governorship from Stacey Abrams, refusing to recuse himself from overseeing an election in which he was a candidate.  His crimes include... Read more »

Trump Crime Family struggling to stay out of jail

Trump Crime Family struggling to stay out of jail
Trump’s kids are out there (boy, are they out there) on the campaign trail stumping for daddy.  Trump world is nothing if not a family affair. And when I say family, think Soprano, Gambino or Genovese. Trump’s move to the White House was more of a headquarter relocation than anything else.  Tangential family associate, Melania... Read more »
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Sorry, we're not going to be friends again, no matter who wins this election

Sorry, we're not going to be friends again, no matter who wins this election
I don’t hate you, but how can I like you?  It’s not because we disagree on issues or come down on opposite sides of the political aisle. It’s because you’ve published your thoughts and they are anathema to me. The election of 2016 offered a binary choice, but that sharp distinction is one hundred times... Read more »

American Jews don't have to atone for where they live

American Jews don't have to atone for where they live
Note to God: Please forgive me for doing this work today.  If you’re really up there, I know you’ll understand. Today is the tenth day of the Jewish year 5781, the end of a period of intense guilt known as the Ten Days of Repentance. Who else but Jews could dedicate ten consecutive days to... Read more »

September 11: George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump

September 11:  George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump
George W. Bush gave the first 9/11 address on that very date back in 2001. His composure, reassurance and resolution struck exactly the right tone for a nation reeling from the attack earlier that day. Donald Trump gave his 9/11 speech yesterday and his tone could not have been more discordant, self absorbed and detached.... Read more »
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Steve King, white supremacy and the word "schvartze"

Steve King, white supremacy and the word "schvartze"
Iowa Congressman Steve King presents a challenge to America on many levels. I’ve quoted fictional President Andrew Shepard in this space before: “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight.  It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose... Read more »