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Mormonism’s Politics as Usual

Despite the numerous times leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have spoken about embracing immigrants, making a place for the refugee, and the need to open our arms to every man, woman, and child in need, and religious EFFING freedom, they suddenly had nothing to say in the face of blatant religious discrimination.

America: Big Oil’s Slaughterhouse Floor

President Barack Obama opposed the KXL, and I thought that would be the end of it; I mean, it was four years ago. Obviously, some people did not forget about it, as Trump has swooped in and resurrected it.

Defeat the Clear and Present Danger

We are well beyond the point of his words presenting a clear and present danger. Trump is a threat to the safety and security of this country from outside forces, but he is also a threat to the safety of large portions of the US population because he has emboldened Alt-Right extremists and hate groups.

The Democrats and Religious Outreach

Jacob Lupfer, at Religion News Service, has made a case for outreach to the evangelical community by the Clinton campaign and Democrats in general. As a Christian pastor I appreciate the sentiment but the recent Wikileaks involving efforts at outreach to Catholic progressives indicate what kind of problems can occur. To do outreach to a […]

The PC Charge

While some liberal commentators assume that the politically correct (PC) charge is a way to deflect from those wanting to buttress racism or some other ism I think the effect of the charge is wider, more pernicious. I have come to think of it as means to dismiss any opinion if it is currently identified […]

My Growing Disgust with the Presidential Race

I am beyond disgusted. The world I thought I knew is falling apart, and reality continues to grow increasingly subjective. In my previous post, I briefly addressed the wellspring of evidence that proves Donald Trump has no right even to be considered for the presidency of the United States of America, yet, despite all his […]

Religious Freedom: Theirs and Ours

The amount of writing done by social conservatives on the topic of religious liberty is far more extensive than I can get a handle on. But after following prominent social conservatives on twitter, I’ll attempt a response. There are three ways in which religious liberty is construed by such authors. A. The ability to have […]

It’s Clinton or (literally) Bust

My plan, for the next several weeks, is to post at least once a week on some of the goings on in our political climate. I will not hold back. I will attack. I will drop truth bombs and harrowing opinions achieved through common sense all the way up through critical thought. I will drop mics and do anything I can to get people to wake the hell up to the dangerous reality we face in this country.

A Gay Christian Confronts the Sexual Revolution

This reads like an odd title to me. But after reading enough social conservatives over the last few months, I’m using their term to describe whatever cultural shake up which worked to create a space to allow us to rethink gender and sexuality as a society. The result in the last 50 years is we can […]

“The Greatest Song Ever Written About America”

I honestly don’t know how many versions of “This Land is Your Land” are on my computer.  I have about a dozen versions on my tablet that I listen to in heavy rotation.  If I had my way it would be the USA National Anthem.  I love Springsteen’s statement in this video and agree 100% […]

Reading Wiesel’s Night with My Mother

NOTE: I originally posted this on May 12, 2013 for Mother’s Day. Today brought my thoughts to this post for two reasons. First, it is my mother’s birthday. Second, Elie Wiesel died today. I re-post this today, with minor revisions, in honor of both of them. My mother Carla Henrichsen is Dutch. She was born in The […]

Church Decline: Theirs and Ours

The Institute on Religion and Democracy has a new piece covering a struggling United Church of Christ congregation. A congregation that is on the precipice after giving up its building as well as facing years of church splits.The Boston Globe did a piece covering the painful transitions involved over a two year period. Before I […]