Category: Politics

No Hate

March 27th, 2013, 23 Comments

“God hates people that are…” I heard a sentence that began that way on an interview with a protestor outside the Supreme Court yesterday. It is a deeply sad, and deeply wrong, statement. If someone reads the Bible, and can come up with a word, any word, that completes that sentence, they’re doing it wrong. […]

The Lives of Others

July 4th, 2011, 18 Comments

It’s not very often that I watch a movie anymore. It’s been a few years since I’ve actually purchased one (normally I see them from Netflix). But yesterday I saw one that may change that. The Lives of Others is an incredible film set in the former East Germany (GDR/DDR) mostly in 1984. The authenticity […]

Is the Roman Emperor Still Your God?

February 19th, 2010, 27 Comments

In ancient Rome, the Imperial cult was the worship of the Roman emperor as a god. It came to be at roughly the same time as Christianity. In the cult of the emperor, Caesar was revered as a deity. According to Harvey Cox, “This was what we might today call a “civil religion” — it […]

The Cynic’s Guide to American Presidents

July 7th, 2009, 13 Comments

Sometimes I’m just annoyed at politicians. Yesterday, after receiving a letter from Sen. Brownback and reading coverage of Sarah Palin, I was annoyed at them. So, in keeping with my theme of being annoyed at politicians, here’s my cynic’s guide to American presidents. Yes, it’s biased, under-represents successes, but that’s the point. I’ll start with […]

Hope

January 21st, 2009, 1 Comment

Our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. . . Our security emanates from the justness of our cause; the force of our example; the tempering qualities of humility and restraint. – Barack Obama, inaugural speech, Jan. 20, 2009 This, right here, is why, for the first […]

Wow

November 7th, 2008, 4 Comments

People often talk about “memorable moments” — times where pretty much everybody in the country remembers where they were at that exact time. There are probably only two of those moments I can remember: the 1989 earthquake during the World Series and the time 9/11 happened. My car was in for service that day, and […]

Why I Hope

November 4th, 2008, No Comments

And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright, tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope. For […]

Politics and the Church

November 2nd, 2008, 10 Comments

My church is one in which politics are checked at the door. Some church members wear their politics on their yard, or on their blog — and just about every opinion is represented in the church. But you rarely hear politics mentioned in church. When it is mentioned, it’s issue-oriented rather than candidate-oriented or policy-oriented […]

What Traditional Values Mean to Me

October 3rd, 2008, 21 Comments

A comment on Facebook yesterday got me thinking what American “traditional values” are all about. We hear it a lot, and I suspect it means something different to different people. Here’s what it means to me. It starts with an ethic fundamentally informed by the central tenets of Christianity — which are also excellent standards […]

I should stop watching Sarah Palin interviews.

September 12th, 2008, 8 Comments

I saw the interview on ABC last night and tonight. It surprised me that she quite clearly didn’t understand what the Bush Doctrine is (Charlie Gibson had to explain it to her). She dodged and evaded too many questions to count. Every foreign policy question she turned into an oil question, citing Alaska, as if […]

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