Passive Radicals: The Manufactured Myth

With the annual and somewhat functional recognition of certain versions of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. behind us in 2013, let me ask this: What do Jesus, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and King have in common? I admit the answers could be many: Significant historical voices and lives, shared messages of peace […]

ANOTHER FAR RIGHT OUTING

I laughed when 61 year old Reverend Baptist minister George Alan Rekers got outed after his most excellent European vacation with a 20 year Rentboy.com. “Anti-Gay Activist Cavorts With Male Hooker,” the headline might have read. Rekers,  co-creator  with James Dobson of Family Research Council with Reverend James Dobson in 1983, denounced homosexuality as a […]

THE DECLINE OF THE CHURCH?

By Saul Landau Scandals distract the public from focusing on key issues. Sometimes, however, they also provide insights into the character of leading cultural and political figures — and their institutions. When the story finally broke — after perhaps centuries of cover-ups — about priests abusing youthful members of their flock I smirked, not of […]

There is a reason "reality" is on TV

The world has gone batty, or at least the world I know.   Someone has decided to bring tourists to the Tenderloin.  There is a good reason they do not go there.  There is also a reason they do and the reasons are one in the same—Drugs and other gritty subjects. San Francisco Detours Into Reality […]

Guilty by Association: How Being Paired With Black Friday Corrupted Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving already. The day that many of us stay in bed late and are beckoned from sleep by an array of smells: turkey roasting in the oven, yams stewing in their own sweet juices, and pies filled with vanilla and spices. We gather in groups of friends and family, as many people as we […]

DC Catholic Archdiocese-What would Jesus do?

Washington DC is in the process of passing same sex marriage legislation. This legislation would prevent any organization that takes money from the city from discriminating against gay people who are married under the new law. Significantly, employers who take money from the city must provide benefits to married gay couples just as they would […]