When Religion Rules

  America’s founding fathers realized how much damage well intended religions can do, so they took the trouble to separate church from state in their new democracy. No offense intended, folks, but religious organizations have probably done as much harm as good in this complicated world of ours. There’s much to applaud, for example, in […]
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The Threat of Wedge Issues

  If we really examine our hearts, I doubt that any of us likes abortion. It’s a sad subject, with delicate implications that vary from case to case. Obviously, there are logical arguments on both sides of the issue, and those who take the arguments to militant extremes are making mischief. This kind of disagreement should […]
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Rise of an Empty Suit

  Tonight’s the night. The night that could decide the fate of Donald Trump’s bizarre candidacy… that could send Jeb! back to his Miami mansion. .. that could signal the emergence of a new Republican star… No, not Ben Carson.  Gentle Ben has all the voters he is ever going to get – the Bible thumpers, […]
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Blasphemy in Politics

  Men and women far more learned than I have debated for centuries the idea of the “unforgivable sin.” According to the Gospels, if you commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, you will not be forgiven. But what does that kind of blasphemy entail? I think it might include deliberately misinterpreting God’s Word for political advantage. And that […]
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Making a Sad Story Worse

Nobody likes abortion, of that I am sure. But it’s the kind of last-resort decision only the woman involved should make. What is making a sad situation even more tragic is the self-righteous persecution of unfortunate women by America’s militant conservatives. The sheer presumptuousness of these self-styled Christians fills my heart with rage. I assume […]
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Shaming America’s Women

Now we know why Republicans are so set on making abortion illegal again. It’s to save women from themselves! Personally, I haven’t met any American women who strike me as sex maniacs.Compared to Jamaican women, in fact, I’ve found them remarkably restrained. But what do I know? I didn’t come to America until I was […]
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The Little Ladies Know What’s Good for Them

Those little ladies who populate the Republican Party’s imagination aren’t going to rise up in fury against the GOP next November. No sir, they know what’s good for them. It’s the economy, stupid. Not the right to make their own reproductive choices. Not the denial of pap smears, mammograms and other life-saving health care. Not […]
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The Choice Facing Voters in 2014 and Beyond

Despite the confusing chatter you’re hearing about the Republican Party’s desire to become more inclusive, it is now clear that American voters will choose between two starkly different sets of values in 2014 and 2016. Controlled by Republicans, the House of Representatives provides a reliable picture of the party as it is today. And the […]
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Liberty and Justice for Some, not All – Still

The pledge of allegiance suggests that the United States, a nation “under God,” is a land where everyone must be treated equally. And the words of the national anthem echo that ideal with the promise to create a hard-won “land of the free.” Surely, if any nation should hold civil liberties sacred, it is America. […]
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I Don’t Think this Election is a Laughing Matter

According to The Telegraph’s report on last night’s Al Smith dinner: The two candidates both raised riotous laughter at the fundraising gala in Manhattan, enjoying a few hours of political ceasefire as they sat on either side of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, America’s most senior Catholic. Watching on TV, I didn’t see the event the way […]
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