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So Now What?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Culture War, Donald Trump, Homepage, Politics, Power, Protest, Questioning Authority, Rebellion | 0 comments

So that happened, and my side lost. (Well technically, my side lost when the DNC conspired against Bernie in order to coronate an establishment moderate hawk, but I digress.) So what now?  On the one hand I could stomp my feet, wring my hands on social media, or join one of the very secessionist movements like #Calexit that I mock when they originate in places like Mississippi. (But then, California is the sixth largest economy in the world while Mississippi’s entire cash reserve can fit in one of the state’s ubiquitous double-wides. And Mississippexit doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue.) Or—and try to stick with me here—I can just accept that democracy doesn’t always go my way. I mean, the Left had their guy in office for eight years (although he was never my guy). How did we respond...

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Bang Bang, You’re Dead

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in America, Culture War, Guns, Homepage, Politics | 2 comments

I was having dinner with some friends a couple nights ago, and the issue of guns came up. In such situations I often insist (jokingly, with tongue in cheek) that I just wish Obama would burst through our doors with a battering ram and personally confiscate all our guns so that we’d finally be safe. Once my conversation partner’s hyperventilating has subsided, we can usually have a pretty healthy discussion. The point I made that night, which I also made on episode #49 the Drunk Ex-Pastors podcast, is that we simply don’t get to be “the gun country” on the one hand and lament mass shootings on the other. To be more clear, while those who favor serious and strict firearm regulations can genuinely grieve over schools and churches being shot up and their inhabitants killed, when hardcore NRA-...

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Lucifer in 2016!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in America, Culture War, God, Guns, Homepage, Money, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Questioning Authority, Rapture, Work, Worldviews, Xenophobia | 0 comments

During a recent episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors  I made the point that I would welcome a presidential candidate who made no claims to being religious, since then I might actually have someone I’d consider voting for.  Think about it: If a candidate is an outspoken Christian he will almost certainly: (1) desire to defund as many state programs for the poor as possible; (2) turn away as many destitute people from our borders as he can, children included; (3) need the slimmest of reasons necessary before engaging in military action, action which will probably have some ulterior motive beyond the stated one; (4) fight against raising the minimum wage; (5) seek to deregulate corporations’ freedom to do whatever they want since they’re “people”; (6) deny climate change since it snowed this winter; (7) fight against reasonable gun legislation; and (8)...

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Worldviews Weighed and Wanting

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in America, Catholic Church, Culture War, Homepage, Politics, Worldviews | 2 comments

It seems to me that there are certain moments in life when a person needs to ask, “If my worldview is turning me into this  kind of person, maybe I need to step back and rethink things?” Whether we’re talking about issues political, cultural, or religious, the fact remains that many people need to take their metaphorical temperature much more often than they do. I do a radio show on Thursdays, and yesterday my co-host and I were discussing the recent statement put out by four Catholic publications — publications that are diametrically opposed to one another politically — that called for the abolishment of the death penalty. Unsurprisingly, the reaction on the part of the readers of the more conservative papers was one of alarm and dismay: “How can we get rid of the death penalty? It’s so awesome!” (One...

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The News’s Skewed Views

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Culture War, Homepage, Police, Politics, Uncategorized, Worldviews | 1 comment

One of the questions that comes up in podcast #9 at 28:45 (available for listening below) is whether or not the news media unfairly represents police officers. If you watch the news frequently, the majority of what you’ll hear about the police (minus the occasional feel good story) is negative: cop beats homeless man, cop shoots black man, cop pepper sprays peaceful protestors, etc. A plethora of these kinds of stories being reported will usually elicit cries of bias and misrepresentation. Really, this is a question that can be applied to any group the news reports on: politicians, bankers, Christians, doctors, etc. When the news reports that a politician is taking bribes, that bankers are manipulating the system, that a pastor had an affair, or that a doctor botched a surgery, are those groups justified in crying foul and...

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Podcast #8: The One Where We Use the N-Word

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Alcohol, Food, Homepage, Homosexuality, Humor, Justin Bieber, Movies, Podcasts, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Racism, Sex, Women | 5 comments

In this episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors, Christian gives me a very special gift (hint: it’s small, sings like a little Canadian boy, and you put it in your mouth); we take feedback from a female listener who is frustrated by her former time in the church when all her “sisters in Christ” thought she wanted to steal their husbands; we delve into the issue of language and labels, focusing on whether and when it’s OK to use “the N-word” as well as whether jokingly labeling stuff “gay” or “retarded” is a retarded, gay thing to do; I bitch about my culinary needs never being met, while we hoist a poignant shot which Christian saved for the very end of the show. Listen to Podcast #8: The One Where We Use the...

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Does ISIS Speak for True Islam?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in America, Culture War, God, Homepage, Isis, Politics, Power | 3 comments

The latest episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors  deals in part, again, with the issue of ISIS (you can click below to hear our full discussion).  I just read a very interesting article by Sam Harris called “Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon” in which the author argues a few controversial points, among which are (1) the idea that as long as the West is invoking the “true religion” to combat Islam’s false one, we’ll have no choice but to also and forever combat our enemies with missiles as well, and (2) those who deny that ideas like martyrdom, armed jihad, and hatred of infidels are central tenets of the Koran are as misguided as those who would say that the resurrection of Christ is some secondary or tertiary doctrine of Christianity. I would highly recommend the article, it is quite thought-provoking. For my part,...

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Extremism, Flowers, and the Powers that Be

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in America, Anarchy, Culture War, Homepage, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Protest, Questioning Authority, Racism, Rebellion, Worldviews, Xenophobia | 15 comments

If you take a strong position on some issue, or on cultural/political matters in general, it is easy to label those on the other side as “extremists” or “reactionaries” (while failing to see that they might be passing the exact same judgment on you). For example, I remember when the O.J. Simpson verdict was about to be read, the police in Los Angeles were out in full force, decked out in riot gear, ready for the worst. But when the jury decided to acquit, the cops breathed a sigh of relief, packed up their tear gas and rubber bullets, and went home. Being very evangelical and somewhat racist at the time, I said, “Hey, wait! Why aren’t the police going to stay out and deal with the inevitable white-people riots and looting and whathaveyou? Oh, that’s right: white people don’t...

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Podcast #2

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in America, Culture, Culture War, God, Homepage, Humor, Justin Bieber, Movies, Podcasts, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Questioning Authority, Racism, TV | 2 comments

Our second podcast is now available for download. In this episode, Christian and I discuss the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot in the back and head by a white police in Ferguson, MO, last week; we explore the issue of whether people on the right are more ideologically driven than those on the left, who tend to be more pragmatic; we roll up our religious sleeves and dig into the nuts and bolts of the Rapture and its accompanying apocalyptic doomsday prophecies (during which hilarity cannot but ensue); and I complain about Hollywood’s over-sensationalizing of bathroom murders, while Christian moans about pushy salespeople and how they not only make him feel heartless but also cause him to publicly lament his years and years of poor...

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Psst! Slaves? We’re Calling It Even….

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Culture, Culture War, Homepage, Jason, Movies, Politics, Pop Culture, Racism | 18 comments

OK, howsabout a little test, shall we? The other day a well-known political pundit offered the following remarks about this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Twelve Years a Slave : “There’s no way that movie was not going to win!… There was no way — it didn’t matter if it’s good or bad; I haven’t seen it — it had the magic word in the title: Slave.” My question for you readers is this: Concerning the opinion that this film has absolutely no merit (despite this person not having seen it), but that it was awarded the Academy’s highest honor simply because it has the word “slave” in it and thus addresses issues important to black people, which is more likely, that this view was expressed by a left-leaning person or a right-leaning person? Is not the answer obviously the latter? (You...

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