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A Holy Mess

April 1, 2013

The Roman Catholic Church, in this post-Easter season, ledby a     new and promising pope, should declare a world-wide Year of     Mourning for all children abused by priests and others.      During this time, it would be wise to remove all those guilty of   such crimes, release their names, and place all relevant Church […]


Murdoch: Or, When They Do It to Themselves

July 13, 2011

    I love dead poets, and dead philosophers too. Thank goodness for liberal arts educations and their classical referents. They won’t make you rich like an MBA does, but they help to make important sense of the world.     Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is among the truest of insights: people and institutions that have the […]


What’s Love Got to Do with It?

February 15, 2011

Think of Tina Turner’s hit song: “What’s love, what’s love, got-to-do, got-to-do with it…” Cometh Valentine’s Day, and storefronts are sick with every shade of red. Gosh, we’re a loving people. You can tell from our music, literature, rhetoric and scriptures. We sing and rhapodize about it, and look for it in all the wrong […]


What “War Against Christmas”?

December 16, 2010

For those who love wars, there’s always room for one more, and now it’s said that one’s been declared against Christmas by those who don’t believe in or celebrate it. I thought the latter were merely stating their own preferences, but Fox News, eager to push people into a fight, has made this a priority, […]


Mosque-ing the Truth

September 9, 2010

Anything Obama says or does will be criticized by the radical right, who are masquerading as “conservatives,” though not worthy of the name. It warmed my heart to see him give voice to religious freedom in regard to the mosque center–and he did not “back off” or “qualify” that stance the following day. Whoever can […]


Sweating It Out with Spiritual Salesmen

October 30, 2009

The fall of ‘09 gave us a glimpse of another cultish movement gone bad: this time in an Arizona sweat lodge; apparently people have lost faith in the real deal led by Native Americans who’ve done this long and responsibly. The lesson was a painful one for the sweat lodge tragedy. In these hard times, […]