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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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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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Losing Treasures; the Need for Cursive

Article for the school paper, March, 2017 I have a treasure in my home, but I cannot access it. The treasure is a box of letters and postcards from grandparents, great-grandparents, great aunts, and others of my family. I am … Continue reading

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The Value of Truth

An essay penned for the school paper, Feb 3, 2017 This was not, in fact, the piece I intended to write. But as I scanned the news this morning, I was compelled to comment. Let me say first that my … Continue reading

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Why Religion in Education Matters: Basic Science Literacy

I posted about this photo below a while back. (Click to enlarge.) The web was oddly ambivalent about whether this is really part of a science textbook; even Snopes wouldn’t come down and confirm it. (http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=62120) So I held my nose … Continue reading

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The American Dream: A cultural theory perspective

I recently got chatting with someone I met on a political forum and found myself in a (surprisingly and pleasantly civil) political discussion. The other person and I tend to come from rather different views, but our discourse has been … Continue reading

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How to have a wonderful, magical, non-theist Christmas!

(This is reposted from an old LiveJournal post I made ages ago. I get asked for it again every year, and for some odd reason, July not-withstanding, it came up today on FaceBook. So here it is again!) I have … Continue reading

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