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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A Lack of Common Sense

Remember Voltaire’s lament on the rarity of common sense? Don’t you think it’s even less common today than it was in his time? There’s a two-dimensional quality to political discourse, for example. Gun control is a case in point. The Founding Fathers gave us the right to arm ourselves as a bulwark against tyranny. But […]
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A New Day for Women

  The oppression of women has many aspects. Some are obvious – lower pay than men, for example. But others are masked by centuries-old  cultural traditions – externally imposed standards of morality and demeanor, makeup, hair styles and attire, social interaction, even what they should eat and how they should eat it. How many times are little girls […]
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Rape Pregnancies are God’s Will? I Don’t Think So!

I do not profess to know the will of God. As the old hymn puts it, our Creator is: Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes. But I am confident that rape – and pregnancies resulting from rape – are not God’s will. And I shudder at the false theology […]
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Saving Free Enterprise in the World – and America

Free Enterprise must be a Good Thing.  A very Good Thing. So good that it is worth dying for. So good that it is worth sending young men and women to far-off lands to get blown to bits for. We remember them today, the dead and the maimed, the bereaved and the dispossessed. Dignitaries will […]
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It Must be the Devil That Made Bishop Tobin So Arrogant

I find the concept of Hell hard to accept – God is all-merciful, after all – but if there is such a place, I believe Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin will go there. Unless, of course, he repents and changes his arrogant ways. The incredibly self-important Rhode Island prelate (photo at right) has banned Rep. […]
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Religious Crusaders Are Imposing Their Views on America

I have warned before that America is in danger of becoming a theocracy, but in those blogs my complaint was against evangelical extremists. Now,  I wonder whether the Roman Catholic church might not represent at least as great a danger to the country’s freedoms. First the disclaimer: The Catholic church long ago declared me a […]
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Another Disheartening Peek Inside the Politics Game

My representative in the United States House of Representatives is a 65-year-old woman named Ginny Brown-Waite. Whenever I sign one of those petitions asking Congress to vote for pro-environmental legislation or some other “good cause,” I get an email from this woman explaining at length why she is against it and why I should be, […]
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It’s Time to End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

The protests over Notre Dame University’s decision to have President Obama address its graduates illustrates the absurdity of tax exemption for religious institutions. Obviously, the vast majority of America’s religious leaders have abandoned any pretense of political neutrality. And, according to the IRS, political activism is a no-no for tax-exempt religious organizations. (For example, the […]
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