Today is Thanksgiving. It is a secular holiday, but nevertheless, Thanksgiving is sacred to most Americans. Many of us are writing, posting memes, outwardly expressing the things that we are thankful for. That is nice. It is conscientious, appropriate. We have much to be thankful for. A heartfelt expression of gratitude is […]Read more "Thanksgiving, the Via Negativa"
Today is Veteran’s Day, November 11th. I am a veteran, as is my father, and some few of my friends (very few). From the end of World War I, until 1954, we celebrated this day as Armistice Day, as a remembrance of that moment in that first great-global conflict, when the fighting stopped […]Read more "Veteran’s Day"
The accounts of personal and cultural pain that have been transmitted by individual people throughout history, whether the pain they experienced was physical, emotional or spiritual, have produced experiences that been invaluable tools for interpersonal and intercultural dialogue. We understand that the experience of grief and sorrow may be an essential component in the […]Read more "God, Atheism and the Problem of Evil – Part IV"
It is wrong to deny women and men the freedom to be married. It is wrong and Un-American. It is inhuman, against humanity. There is a continuing struggle over civil liberties and human rights in our culture, and around the world. It is a struggle that divides Americans at every level; in our governments, in […]Read more "On the Freedom to Marry – Collected Parts"
As a Christian theologian and historian, I can tell you that the scriptures do not contain very much reference material on homosexuality. There are a few mentions of it, and I grant that the references which are there, do condemn homosexuality. However, it should be noted that the scriptures condemn all sexuality outside of wedlock […]Read more "On the Freedom to Marry – Part XVII"
When the legal analysis failed, and court after court has rejected the arguments for discriminating against gay people. When the social analysis has been brought in and we are forced to think objectively about the vast numbers of actual people who would be disenfranchised if these discriminatory laws were to return, the real motivation behind […]Read more "On the Freedom to Marry – Part XVI"
As I mentioned at the outset, the 2012 election marked a turning point in the struggle for freedom and basic rights for an oppressed and marginalized group of our fellow citizens. Ballot initiatives in three states granted the right for same-sex couples to marry, and in one state, while in Minnesota, a measure to amend […]Read more "On the Freedom to Marry – Part XV"