Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

July 11th, 2024 - 12:25 am § in America, Hypocrisy, Politics, Religion

America isn’t a “Christian nation”

Nor should it become one. We should remain a pluralistic society of many religions, and a land of religious liberty. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, known for his clenched-fist salute to January 6 rioters (photo, left), told a conservative group that “Christian nationalism founded American democracy”[...]

July 10th, 2024 - 12:32 am § in Religion

“Men of God” aren’t always godly

Beware of people calling themselves “pastors.” Of course, there are many good and decent pastors, priests, ministers, and chaplains who are doing important work. It’s the few bad apples who make news. Many of those cloak their politics in religion, like this guy. Some are haters, a[...]

July 9th, 2024 - 5:11 am § in America, Christianity, Law and Courts, Religion

Is Satanism a religion?

For most people, “Satan” is “the Devil,” and synonymous with evil, so the mere word provokes visceral reactions. That being so, what reaction do you suppose a group calling themselves “Satanists” elicited from Florida’s governor when they proposed sending Sa[...]

July 2nd, 2024 - 5:06 pm § in America, Christianity, Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Religion, Republicans

Supreme Court faces more backlash after immunity ruling

The Supreme Court is now a political issue, and its rightwing justices asked for it. The two most conservative members, Thomas and Alito, are embroiled in scandals involving undisclosed gifts from wealthy benefactors, in Thomas’s case millions of dollars. Alito is also under fire for flying MA[...]

June 27th, 2024 - 3:53 pm § in Christianity, Law and Courts, Politics, Racism, Religion

Why do politicians intentionally violate the Constitution?

Most people think of the Constitution as a legal document: The original articles establish the structure of our government, while the Bill of Rights are rules for treating each other. The courts certainly use the Constitution and its amendments to resolve legal issues, and law students are taught to[...]

June 2nd, 2024 - 2:37 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Religion

Trump, Jesus, and a parking brake didn’t save this bus

   A parked “Trump Store” bus plastered with signs rolled downhill into a utility pole and gas station sign.    It was en route to a Trump rally on Staten Island when the accident occurred on Sunday, June 2, 2024.    My guess is the driver forgot to set the parking brake and left i[...]

May 10th, 2024 - 3:39 pm § in Christianity, Politics, Religion, Republicans

False religions

At least two false religions circulate among America’s evangelicals. One is that God anointed Trump to save our country (see, e.g., story here). (From what, or who?) This is so plainly baloney, and propaganda, it merits no discussion. The other is so-called “prosperity gospel” theo[...]

May 8th, 2024 - 5:52 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Religion

A wacky theocratic movement is infiltrating the GOP

A fringe evangelical movement calling itself the New Apostolic Reformation is slipping its octopus-like tentacles into the heart of the Republican Party. House speaker Mike Johnson is a fan. The NAR looks like a Christian version of Iran. Its leaders are self-appointed and fancy themselves prophets [...]

June 11th, 2023 - 11:44 pm § in America, Biden, Christianity, Democrats, Donald Trump, Economics, Law and Courts, Politics, Racism, Religion, Republicans

What’s at stake in Trump’s trial

Now that he’s been indicted, Trump is entitled to a presumption of innocence, and a fair trial. Those are bedrock principles of the U.S. legal system. Trump “has a lot at stake” in the case, a New York Times writer says. “He could, in theory, go to prison for years.” Bu[...]

June 9th, 2023 - 2:12 am § in America, Biden, Christianity, Democrats, Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Religion, Republicans

Republicans are outraged Trump is indicted for breaking the law

Trump’s MAGA movement caught many Americans by surprise. They’ve never seen anything like it before. This is the first time anyone has tried to overthrow our democracy. To outsiders, Trump looks like a pied piper leading a crowd of zombies into a never-never land of lies, fantasies, and [...]