Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: MLK’s Audacious Belief

Part III in a series that explores whether humanity is ready for Civilization. Click the following links to read Part I and Part II.   Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what Civilization means? Nobel Peace laureate and philosopher Albert Schweitzer did. In his book, The Philosophy of Civilization, the great thinker writes: “We […]

Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: It TORTURES Pastor Pillow, It Really Does

Hi, I’m Pastor Pillow! I know you can’t see me behind the interrogation window—heck, how could you see me at all with that burlap bag over your head? Ha-ha! Just a little Enhanced Interrogation Technique humor there, no offense. Just nod your burlap bag if you can hear me. I never can tell if the […]

The Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Pastor Pillow Pulpit Special: FERGUSON

Every once in a while I rip off my Scooby-Doo villain mask and address you not as Pastor Pillow, Chief Pastoral Officer (CPO) of the billion-dollar Cubic Zirconium Ministries empire, but as myself. Pastor Pillow is satire—although for those of us who grew up in right-wing Evangelical circles, the verbal cartoon hits pretty close to […]

PETA’s Latest Stunt May Be Their Most Offensive Yet

If you ever want to unite people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all ideologies and political affiliations, show them the latest crappy promotion that PETA is doing. Watch libertarians and Marxists; anti-racist activists; feminists; macho cowboys; conservatives; liberals and progressives; meat-eaters; vegetarians; and vegans of all ethnic, religious and socio-economic stripe and all ages […]

Caught Between Two Fires, The Citizens of Gaza Are The Real Victims

Monday morning, the Abu Jameh family pulled 26 bodies, 19 of them children, from the rubble of their home near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, the largest toll from a single strike since the battle began July 8. Four people were killed at Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, the main one serving the center […]

The Detroit Water Shut Off: A Violation of Human Rights

In efforts to gap its increasing debt, Detroit is shutting off water for up to 3,000 households a week. This travesty of justice is an effort to shake down half the town who have not been paying water bills. No one should have to pay for the luxury of basic living necessities. Activists are right to contact the […]

Free Speech or Hate Speech: When Words Kill

Over the past 24 hours, I’ve learned that A&E has reversed its decision on Phil Robertson. They’ve decided to cave to the same people who attacked Cracker Barrel and bring Mr. Robertson back. People who believe his comments were fine, that he’s a good Christian and the “gays” are the ones who are bullying and […]

California Moves Forward on Trans* Rights, Far Right Freaks Out

Under a headline lamenting the “tragic” use of California gubmint intervention in keeping trans* kids safe, World Net Daily (the cool kids call it World Nut Daily, or WingNut Daily) announced the historic news as, “Your Government at Work: California Governor signs transgender-student bill: Lets kids choose which bathrooms, locker rooms they use.” We can […]

Constitutional vs. Human Rights

What’s a human right and what’s a Constitutional right? How often do they intersect, and is it possible for them to conflict with one another? These are the kinds of questions that will be most important to ask and to answer as we try to move forward. Our country’s founding principles, put down into a […]