A Link for Our Future: An Independence Day Address to the People of South Carolina

An address presented at the Take the Flag Down South Carolina Unity Festival, held upon the South Carolina State House Grounds on Independence Day 2015 I stand before you, honored and humbled that you would hear my words. If I have a title worth mentioning, it is “father of a young South Carolinian.” Today I […]

Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: South Carolina, Take Down That Flag

Part II in a series that explores whether humanity is ready for Civilization. Read Part I here. The eyes of the world rest upon South Carolina. I would say the eyes of the “civilized” world, except I have a little trouble using that descriptor for any planet that has had so many global genocides in […]

Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Pastor Pillow Nearly Flies the Christian Flag at Half-Staff

Hello, I’m Pastor Pillow! I want to thank each of you 25,739 precious sheep for gathering today within the air-conditioned confines of Cubic Zirconium Cathedral Ministries—and that doesn’t even include the thousands freshly herded to us from the recently christened Cross-Winds Megachurch of El Paso (a new #usedtobeablockbuster CZC Ministries remote access site). Brothers and […]

Reading the General, or Ixnay on the “Sherman Didn’t Burn Enough” Bumper Sticker

Then sang we a song of our chieftain That echoed over river and lea; And the stars of our banner shone brighter When Sherman marched down to the sea! * One-hundred fifty years ago this week, General William Tecumseh Sherman sat on a log on the Broad River—not far from where I type this evening—and […]

Celebrating Black History in the Shadow of Satan’s “Pitchfork”

A wise, though controversial, historian once wrote:  “How can slavery be described?  Perhaps not at all by those who have not experienced it.” While there is some truth in this remark, those who have not worn shackles are not excused from memorializing and contemplating their horror. I learned that lesson firsthand long ago on the […]

Pool Party Politics: Doody Dogma and the Progressive Mission

Pool party with the Tea Party! Who’s in? Hey, where is everybody going? Is there a doody in the pool? … I am a progressive who hails from Minnesota, the political breeding ground of Hubert H. Humphrey and Walter Mondale. Michele Bachmann? Never heard of her. I believe in the goodness of government. I believe […]