Red Dust edited by O Society May 21, 2019 The world of red dust. This is an expression found in ancient Chinese Chan (禪) and Taoist (道教) poetry (sometimes simply “dust”). It is a vivid image and a sharp metaphor–have you ever driven down a dusty dirt road? Imagine now villages, towns, and cities with nothing … Continue reading Red Dust
I believe in Freedom of Religion as defined by the First Amendment to our United States Constitution. This includes both the right to practice religion and the right to apostasy. by Jill Richardson CounterPunch edited by O Society May 14, 2019 A bill in Texas would allow professionals of all kinds — doctors, pharmacists, electricians — to deny … Continue reading You Don’t Get to Discriminate Just Because You’re Religious: Conservative Moral Hierarchy
by Guinevere Turner New Yorker May 6, 2019 Where are you from?” For most people, this is a casual social question. For me, it’s an exceptionally loaded one, and demands either a lie or my glossing over facts, because the real answer goes something like this: “I grew up on compounds in Kansas, Los Angeles, San … Continue reading The Others: My Childhood in a Cult
by Brendan O'Connor SplinterNews edited by O Society April 22, 2019 In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel: affirming science. Specifically, the 30-million-member group, which represents 51 Christian denominations, was debating how to advance a new platform called “For the … Continue reading How the Fossil Fuel Industry Paid Religious Leaders to Go in Climate Change Denial
If Donald Trump goes to church regularly, he’s kept it a pretty good secret. by John Feeley Foreign Policy in Focus edited by O Society He and his wife have made sure to alert the press on the few times he does attend services, for instance on Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day. Otherwise, the president … Continue reading Elmer Gantry and the Global Rise of the Christian Right
https://youtu.be/KYV7KWQ-fY4 What could possibly go wrong? This bird has two right wings. Basically, it ain't gonna fly. This video is mainly addressed to people I would define as ultra right wing radical Christians in America. Some people tell me that Islam is worse, because at least the Christians aren't beheading people who don't respect … Continue reading Are Christians and Muslims the Same People?
by O Society Mar 15, 2019 Do you know who's just come 'round knocking on my door? https://youtu.be/SECVGN4Bsgg That's right boys and girls, it's the Jehovah's Witnesses! Maybe later I'll tell you how it turned out... For now, we're going to consider what they are doing. Yes, what the hell are these people doing … Continue reading The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats or How Donald Trump Stole My Old Church