Please Tell Me … 

… how can anyone call themselves a Christian and still advocate for socialist and humanist ideas? (Specifically: limitation of freedom of religion, speech, private property rights; redistribution of wealth; creation/expansion of tariffs and other intrusions into free trade; creation/expansion of the welfare state; lack of support for traditional institutions like marriage, sex and the family;…

Overturning the Tables -A Study in Righteous Anger

   After seeing weeks of propaganda pushed on the populace insisting that the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage is something moral and steeped in our nation’s tradition of liberty, I’m upset. After reading about the shootings in Chattanooga, enabled by a spineless national security apparatus and laws intended for the disarmament of the citizenry,…

Abusing History

Here’s one thing which really bothers me: the abuse of history. It shows itself most often in two different ways, both of which are very disturbing. First, people tend to airbrush history in order to confirm their own biases. And second, people today tend to view previous generations as know-nothing imbeciles. Both of these end…

A Study in Courage and Fear

How much have we lost from the ancients? I wonder that a lot. After all, because I thoroughly reject the idea that humanity is on a never-ending, can’t-be-stopped rocket of social progress, it stands to reason that knowledge and beauty could easily have been lost over the millennia of slaughter and corruption. I’ve mentioned on…

Charlie Hebdo and Monty Python

While I was reading the news this morning, I couldn’t help but think about the old Monty Python sketch about Church Bells (I couldn’t find a good video of it, however the script is readily available online). In it an atheist – well, “lapsed atheist” – complains to his wife about the “sectarian turmoil” of…