Author Archives: The Academic Raven

Abortion and Responsibility

In the wake of the SCOTUS’s leaked draft on Roe v. Wade, it’s time to post this. Again.  “When can we talk about abortion and a woman’s personal responsibility?”  I’m glad you asked.  We can maybe (and that’s only MAYBE) … Continue reading

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A project of mine….

So I’ve been working slowly on putting together all my information on theocracy and the religious right in America (mostly, not exclusively), as well as my academic pieces on the history and doctrine of Christianity. And now on a site … Continue reading

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So, You ‘Did Your Research?’

If by “do your research” you mean that a Google search will reveal pages that agree with your position, that’s not exactly impressive. Using Google I can find pages that say the Earth is flat, the Holocaust never happened, and … Continue reading

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To Lead, To Drive, To Do: Why (and How) I Teach

(Originally published December 29, 2018) Students tend to like solid, concrete, specific answers. Or, more accurately, they like to know, solidly, concretely, and specifically what answers I want from them. They rarely get them, however, and that’s a good thing. … Continue reading

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Trump and the Blood Libel

I have said before that Trump has intentionally evoked thinly veiled white supremacist rhetoric. I’ll cover a few instances of this before noting what I found most disturbing in his speech from Tulsa, and what it has to do with … Continue reading

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We We Don’t Vote and Why it Sucks

America has a voting problem. We don’t vote, and we are losing our democracy as a result, pure and simple. I am not railing at those who don’t.  I am speaking to those who proudly declare that either they are … Continue reading

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Evolution 101; the gradeschool edition

Because I am so tired of having to explain this over and over, here it is on one handy-dandy spot. Evolution 101. (To all you science folks, I am going for the 3rd grade version, so I know I’m oversimplifying.) … Continue reading

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Who Made Whom? The Legacy of Fingerpointing in the Era of Trump

Someone posted this as pushback to the fear and bewilderment at Trump and his ilk, and the rise of fascistic ideology springing up worldwide. I felt the need to reply. “How did this happen you ask? You created “us” when … Continue reading

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Musings: Misogyny Masks Racism

Rough musings: Why do I say misogyny masks racism: -They come from the same place; threatened white male entitlement. Though the conversation about race and gender play out in different arenas, they are essentially the same conversation and tend to … Continue reading

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On the Dangers of Literalism in Religion

People keep saying “Islam is a peaceful religion,” and then they follow it up with “ISIL isn’t Islamic” or “ISIL is not real Islam, but a twisted and warped version of it.” Or, these days it’s “Those people aren’t real … Continue reading

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