What Do You REALLY Believe?

What Do You REALLY Believe? An issue that pops up with some regularity in the free-thought community is where we should and/or do stand regarding “mainstream” religious believers. These are not the ultra-religious zealots with which religion is often associated in this country at this time. Often, these folks are progressive politically, and some of…

The Price of Community

The Price of Community I saw an interesting movie recently: “The Women’s Balcony”. It’s an Israeli movie about a close-knit Orthodox (but not ultra-Orthodox) community in Israel and how it deals with something of a disaster. The congregation’s temple had a balcony where women attended services, as it is Orthodox custom and practice to separate…

Will the Trump Chumps Ever Learn?

Will the Trump Chumps Ever Learn? Can we get this straight once and for all? You cannot believe a word that Donald Trump says, especially if he’s telling you what you want to hear. Trump telling you what you’re pretty sure you wanted to hear should raise a red flag for anyone. This includes Democrats…

Ideology and Politics

Ideology and Politics Paul Rosenberg, writing in Salon.com, quotes David Hopkins, co-author with Matt Grossman of “Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats” as saying “The Democrats are best understood as a coalition of social groups, and Republicans are best understood as the agent of the conservative ideological movement. The American public collectively leans…

Can Loyalty and Justice Coexist?

Can Loyalty and Justice Coexist? Loyalty is thought of as a positive character trait. We like to think of ourselves as being loyal to our friends, our spouses, our country, even our favorite sports teams. It is thought of as a good thing that we stand by such people and institutions, especially when they are…

Last Supper in Oklahoma City

Last Supper in Oklahoma City The Huffington Post ran a story recently about a curious argument that took place in the Oklahoma state legislature. State Representative George Faught introduced a bill that would bar a woman from obtaining an abortion if testing showed that the woman’s fetus has genetic abnormalities or Down syndrome, with no…

I Knew

I Knew On March 17 David Brooks wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times called “Let Bannon Be Bannon”. I want to put aside for a moment how frightening that sentiment is. I will also, at least for the moment, pick my jaw off the floor, which is where it landed after reading…