Trump, Abortion and the Puritan Ethic

"ANTI-ABORTION" IS ABOUT CONTROLLING FEMALE SEXUALITY It is my thesis that the rampant Trumpaphobia among the right-wing establishment has little to do with the Donald's actual policy positions. For the most part, his policy positions align with those of the conservative movement in general. In other words, Trump is a stalwart defender of the corporatocracy.... Continue Reading →

Fluffy White Dog Sociology

Religion, Sociology and the Lived Experience Back in 2009, for the first time in my life, I had the aweful experience of having to put a dog to sleep. Her name was Nilla. She was my dog through marriage. I never thought I would have a fluffy white dog, let alone a little dog as... Continue Reading →

A Happy? Winter Solstice

LESSONS ON FACING THE DARKNESS TOGETHER There's something special about this time of the year, the coming of the Winter Solstice. Almost all Northern Hemisphere cultures in the world recognize the symbolic import of the longest night of the year, few, however as dramatically as the traditional European cultures who saw this time as a... Continue Reading →

On Losing My Religion

THE SUPREME COURT AND WHY PUBLIC SERVANTS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING GOD Note: I started writing this piece before the Supreme Court Ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, then completed after the ruling.  I lost my religion in 1984, it must have been in the fall. It's not that I was particularly religious before then,  but... Continue Reading →

What to Remember on Memorial Day

It's not just about soldiers. It's about principles that they should represent  These soldiers may have prayed at different altars, but their differences weren't as great as their common bond. The greatness of America lies in the ideal of inclusion; that all men and women share a common and unifying drive for freedom and justice.

It’s Not About the Insurance…

…It's about the dread fear that there's a woman out there somewhere who is making her own decisions about her own reproduction!  So, the Obama Administration decides that though churches will not be required to provide for birth control in the insurance that they provide, church affiliated organizations like hospitals will. After all, such organizations... Continue Reading →

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