Neighbors

Neighbors I saw a very interesting movie recently called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” As you may already know (or may have guessed) it was a documentary about the children’s television host Fred Rogers, known to all as “Mr. Rogers”. For me, it was somewhat enlightening. I was born too early to have watched “Mr.…

Advantage: GOP

Advantage: GOP I heard on the news that the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel ban in yet another 5-4 decision. For a liberal like myself, news such as this serves as another stinging reminder of how conservative Republicans obtained their 5-4 Court majority in the first place: by abject bad faith. As we all remember,…

Yet Another Reason to Keep Church and State Separate

Yet Another Reason to Keep Church and State Separate Trump supporters, those conservative, so-called “values voters” have had their way, and so children are now being forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even within families fleeing repressive regimes and who are requesting asylum. The cruelty of this practice (which is done in…

Is Patriotism the Sole Purview of the Military?

Is Patriotism the Sole Purview of the Military? Somewhat lost in the kerfuffle (a real word, unlike covfefe) over the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles’ non-invitation to visit the White House is a more important issue. As most of us know, Trump has spent the last nine months or so flogging the National Football League…

People of Reason, Unite!

People of Reason, Unite! “Atheist”. “Secularist”. “Free-Thinker”. All of these describe me, and yet, as labels, none seem quite right in our current culture. “Atheist”, however wrongheadedly, is a slur in the U.S. today. It is assumed, with no evidence whatsoever, that atheists are immoral people. Of course this is ridiculous, but from a modern…

School Prayer, Revisited

School Prayer, Revisited In 1962, in the case of “Engel v. Vitale”, the U.S. Supreme Court held that organized prayers in public schools (even so-called “non-sectarian” prayers) constituted an impermissible violation of the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause. But that hasn’t stopped the religious right in this country from trying to inject religion back into our…