There’s a Better Way: I’m Running for Congress in South Carolina

A Daughter’s View Like every parent, I love my child beyond words.  I want my young daughter to have the best opportunities in a peaceful, industrious world.  I am running to represent the Second Congressional District of South Carolina because I am confident that our District can emerge from “Status Quo” Joe stagnation and work […]

An Open Letter to Bill Clinton, from a Former Neighbor and Bernie Sanders Supporter

Dear President Clinton: We used to be neighbors, though I doubt you would remember me.  I used to live just down the street from you on F & 19th.  I often took evening strolls by your government housing quarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, and waved.  Every once in a while, a sniper atop the White House […]

Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: Enemy-Making, Resistance is Everything

Part IV in a series that explores whether humanity is ready for Civilization. Click these links to read Part I, Part II and Part III.   Enemies. Imagine a world without them. Yeah, that’s usually how most genocides start. … Have you ever noticed that humans seem to need enemies? How, even in relatively peaceful […]

Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: Part I

Despite such advancements as the particle collider and Lean Cuisines (not to mention Steak-umms), humanity, it seems, is not quite ready for Civilization. In fact, I am beginning to realize that Civilization is only now just being born. … Last summer, my young daughter and I sat on the steps of a local community pool, […]

The Tenth Crusade: ISIS, Senator Cruz and the Military Industrial Complex Walk Into a Bar…

To His Eminence, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Al-Husseini Al-Qurashi, Supreme Puba of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: We all know that a Tenth Crusade benefits us all. You kill as many of us as you can; we’ll kill as many of you as we can. Let’s keep the machine of war well-oiled, then spoil […]

Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Pastor Pillow Parlays with the Islamic State & Rides into the Sunset on a Horny Camel

Pastor Pillow here! And you must be Ibrahim ibn Awwad ibn Ibrahim ibn Ali ibn Muhammad al-Badri al-Samarrai. Mind if I call you Ibby? What’s that, you prefer Amir al-Mu’minin Caliph Ibrahim? Gesundheit! Little joke there. Just call me the Apostolic Officiant of the Cubic Zirconium Cathedral Ministries Conglomerate, or CEO M.C. Cool Side of […]

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Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Biblical Breast Implants, Lap Dance Jesus, and Pope Francis’ New 10 Commandments

So glad you could make it! I’m Pastor Pillow, of course. And these other fine men and women are the Cubic Zirconia Cathedral Ministries Marketing Team. As you may be aware, we’ve been losing parishioners left and right to that upstart “progressive faith community” down the street, Glory Holy Ministries. Seems like people are naturally […]

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Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Leo Tolstoy & the R-Rated Wild, Wild West

Pastor Pillow here! Our morning service opens with a Kierkegaardean Either/Or “Choose Your Own Adventure” worship program. Either embrace the light and open your hymnals to No. 829. Or raise your right arm stiffly and bellow the “Horst Wessel” at No. 109. Yeah, the former song’s a bit schlocky, and might even require that you […]

Who Benefits from the Government Shutdown? Hint: It’s Not the Poor or Middle Class

There are many frustrating things about this government shutdown; from theatrics and whining by the Tea Party responsible for this irresponsibility in the first place, to the false equivalency reported (“Both sides are responsible!”) by both news media and talk show hosts (looking at you Jaw Leno!); to the inevitable credit downgrade that we’ll receive […]

Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: The Sky is Falling! Quick, Convert a Muslim!

Writing tomorrow’s Pastor Pillow sermon at the ole cherry wood desk this evening, I hear the sounds of the evening bugle call at Ft. Jackson just down the way.  The presence of military helicopters over my home has steadily increased in the past two weeks.  I’m sure there’s no connection whatsoever to possible preparations for […]