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On Becoming Therapeutically Cynical

On Becoming Therapeutically Cynical

"Life" Issues, activism, autonomy, awareness, bigotry, Challenge, Change, Christianity, citizenship, civics, community, conflict, conservatism, courage, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Enlightenment, epistemology, faith, faithfulness, Fascism, Fundamentalism, GLBT, Human Condition, Kingdom of God, Nihilism, Philosophy, political rhetoric, Politics, postmodernism, progressive politics, Rationality, Secularity, social justice, Trump, Uncategorized
I like New York Times columnist Charles Blow. In fact, I like Charles Blow a helluva lot. Ever since the Trump virus infected the American body politic, he has been one of the more astute observers of the etiology and progress of the disease, comparable only to such luminaries as Nicholas Kristof and Paul Krugman, as witness Blow’s recent op-ed column on the religious right’s harlot-like embrace of Donald Trump. So it is both discouraging and yet quite understandable that Blow would be surprised when the veneer of spirituality was so easily stripped off the religious right to reveal the lust for realpolitik lurking beneath.  The difference between Charles Blow and myself is that I am much less hesitant to believe in the reality of evil people, and my clear-sightedness in this regard co
Fig Picking, Cherry Picking, And Selective Theology

Fig Picking, Cherry Picking, And Selective Theology

"Life" Issues, activism, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Change, Cherry picking, Christian Church, Christianity, citizenship, civics, community, conflict, Creator, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Discernment, Ecology, Economy, Enlightenment, Environment, faith, faithfulness, Family, Fascism, GLBT, God, Human Condition, Ideology, Jesus, Nature, progressive politics, Secularity, Skeptic, Thinking, Trump, Uncategorized
It occurs to me that, many times over the four-plus years I have been writing this “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I have taken the political and religious right to task for the venerable practice of “cherry-picking”, i.e., carefully culling all the evidence for any thesis so as to pick out those events and data that support one’s position, while no less carefully ignoring or de-emphasizing those events and data that support contrary arguments.  Nowhere is this practice more prevalent than in theological discourse, in particular, theodical discourse. But progressives decidedly on the left of the spectrum, both theologically and politically, have an equivalent tendency to pick equally substantial cherry harvests. Herewith some examples that should make chardonnay-swilling, Bernie- / Warr
Rehabilitating States’ Rights

Rehabilitating States’ Rights

14th Amendment, abolition, Abortion, activism, autonomy, bigotry, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil War, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Current Events, declaration of independence, Environment, Equality, faithfulness, Fascism, Fourteenth Amendment, GLBT, Hope, Ideology, immigration, injustice, justice, law, Minorities, movement, Presidency, progressive politics, race, racism, Renewal, Resistance, Secularity, social justice, Supreme Court, Trump, Uncategorized
Over the centuries since the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and the Bill of Rights in 1791, the principle of States’ powers and States' rights – that States enjoy certain rights and prerogatives upon which the Federal government may not intrude – has gained a bad reputation. One could reasonably date the origin of this bad association from 1948, when Strom Thurmond accepted the presidential nomination of the break-away Democrats constituting the States’ Rights Party (“Dixiecrats”). The Dixiecrats were tainted because they advocated a radical doctrine of States’ rights and powers in opposition to a Federal government they viewed as bent on coercive nationwide racial integration, in violation, they argued, of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution.  To this day,