Wednesday, July 8
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Pizza, Petunias, and Privilege

Pizza, Petunias, and Privilege

Change, citizenship, community, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, culture, First Amendment, Freedom, GLBT, Ideology, justice, law, Religion, Sexuality, Spirituality, Supreme Court
I am not accustomed to being Devil’s advocate or adopting a contrarian stance regarding matters on which the progressive community is agreed to the point of near-unanimity. The issue of Miracle Pizza of Walkerton, IN, refusing to cater gay weddings is, to some extent, an exception, however. I say “to some extent” because, given the emotional temperature of this issue, merely advocating that all parties take a moment to reflect dispassionately on both the issues and case law suffices to cast me in both roles, however. So far, the conversation has generated a lot more heat than light, and we need a lot more of the latter and a lot less of the former. If that makes me “pathologically rational”, then … well … there are much worse things to be. My problem is that I see both sides, the “free exe...
Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Challenge, citizenship, community, conflict, Consitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, Education, Ethics, First Amendment, Freedom, hate, Ideology, law, Politics, solidarity, Spirituality, Tolerance
My reaction was pretty typical to the recent scandal about the racist slogans chanted by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at Oklahoma University (OU) at Norman and the companion video of the SAE house-mother repeating a racist slur: kick them out of OU, fire the house-mother, and dissolve the fraternity immediately. At that point, I was -- I freely admit -- feeling with my glands instead of reasoning with my brain. So I began to use the latter to think the issue through more dispassionately from a constitutional and First Amendment standpoint.  In the end, my glands were vindicated ... sort of:  my original reaction was right, just for the wrong reasons. Regarding the recitation of the racist chant on the bus, there are two broad possibilities, each with somewhat diff...
And Speaking of Immigration …

And Speaking of Immigration …

citizenship, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Freedom, humor, Ideology, immigration, law, Politics, republic, Satire / parody, Spirituality
… which I wasn’t, but now that I have your attention … I have a solution for, probably not all, but certainly a major portion of the undocumented immigrant issue. Now, before you fling yourself supine upon the floor, slobbering with gratitude, and wailing “O mighty and beneficent Skeptic-in-Residence! I wish God had made me cool like you!”, please hear me out. First of all, I hope you were not wearing sandals when you read the stuff in quotes in the previous sentence. Messy. But secondly … I think one reason people come across the border, hide in the shadows of American society, and never get around to taking the citizenship test and “going legal” is because the citizenship test is so … well … there’s really no nice way to say this … because the US citizenship test is so boooo-rrrring. So...