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Chris Pratt and Profaning the Sacred

At the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, “Generation Award” recipient Chris Pratt delivered what is being hailed as a tour de force of subversive Christian preaching.  You can see it here. In it Pratt lays down nine rules for the next generation.  He starts with a throwaway joke (“Breathe…if […]

The Naaman Excuse

Now that a half-hearted decision of the Supreme Court has come down in favor of religious freedom and individual conscience, there are many people digging through the Bible wondering if Christian businesspersons who refuse to service gay weddings are just being bigoted or are actually following their faith — the […]

“Not One Jot or Thimble Shall Pass”

I saw something disturbing in the news today. No, nothing Donald Trump tweeted. Rather, the Parker Brothers game “Monopoly” is retiring one of its signature game pieces: The thimble. It was ousted by popular vote, so this was hardly an authoritarian or fascist move by Parker Brothers – sorry, I […]

What the Worst Things Teach Us

We all want to believe in karma — i.e., “What goes around comes around”.  Every religion that exists contains some expression of our desire that good be rewarded and evil be punished.  Eastern religions generally subscribe to reincarnation, while Western religions look forward to an eventual resurrection, but both paradigms are built […]

Wake-up Call

OCD is a pain.  I mean it’s a serious pain sometimes, and I’ve only got a light case in comparison with some people.  I’m not germ-conscious like Howie Mandel or…well, really, he’s the only celebrity I know with a bad case of it.  Think “Jack Nicholson in As Good As […]

Olympus Didn’t Fall

Ah, spring.  We didn’t really have a winter in Texas this year thanks to global warming — the poor sods on the East Coast apparently took all the snow that would’ve come our way — but even if you’re unable to get a clue from rising temperatures as usual, you can still tell the […]