Junkyard Dogs, Moral Complicity, and Guns

Due to the recent terrorist attacks and mass shootings in the United States,  the predictable public debate surrounding gun control has emerged once again.  While much of the world is simply baffled by the American reticence to adjust the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, in the United States, average citizens are still undecided about whether […]

Fear is the Worst Political Emotion

This year presents a strange juxtaposition of the American holiday season with its Presidential election cycle.  On the one hand, the narratives that lie at the heart of American Thanksgiving and Christmas are tales of incredible courage and character in the face of insurmountable obstacles, while on the other hand, the most popular Presidential candidates […]

Do I Care about People, or Principles?

For a variety of reasons, it seems most Americans abide in a constant state of indignant political outrage these days.  On a weekly basis, some new crisis is displayed across national media outlets, inciting hordes of righteous hashtaggers who wish to register their disapproval (or support) for the cause-du-jour.  It is unclear which controversies or […]

The Right-Wing “Assault” on Traditional Marriage

Another day, another assault on religious liberty in the United States-or so conservative Christians claim.  The latest bee in the Religious Right’s bonnet is the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s demand that Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and proprietors of “The Hitching Post,” a wedding chapel, perform weddings for same-gendered couples.  If the Hitching Post […]

Let’s Stop Using the ‘F’ Word.

Nope, not that word.  Shame on you for thinking it.  I’m thinking of another word that can be nearly as effective as that one. Let’s turn our attention to another “F” word, a word that likely halts more meaningful conversations than the four letter one.  I’m very familiar with this word, as I grew up in a […]

The Trouble with Homeschooling

Moral failure confession time: while I was a graduate student working on my doctorate, on a nearly daily basis, I committed an act that most everyone would regard as “bad.”  I worked at an organization which operated a coffee pot in the lounge for its employees.  The idea was that anyone who used the coffee […]

Why You Should Argue Religion and Politics Online

In the diversity of thought that makes up the landscape of American culture, one convention has held perhaps more sway than any other: “Never, under any circumstance, bring up politics or religion at a dinner party.”  We all take this maxim seriously, but inevitably, at some point in our lives, we break this rule, and […]