Category Archives: essays, editorials, fisks, and rants

Some Thoughts on Free Speech

My brotherAdam posted something on his blog yesterday that spurred me to write down some thoughts I’ve had about free speech lately.
Adam often comments on the Opinion Talk blog run by our local newspaper, The Fresno Bee. Recently, one of the editors posted a request that people who participate there refrain from using personal attacks […]

Marriage, Sex, and Childrearing

Since both Funky Dung and Jerry have recently entered the world of parenthood, I thought it fitting that my first guest post for this blog should discuss parenthood specifically, attitudes toward parenthood in different religious groups.

Profanity is Useful

Profanity is useful. People need those words to express things that cannot otherwise be expressed. There are times when the artful use of non-profanity works better and there are times when you simply must have the quick punch of a “bad” word. And to have profanity, you need to maintain at least a loose taboo […]

Palinoscopy

Sarah Palin was not a train wreck in the Vice Presidential Debate last night, but three things stood out for me.
First, when asked about the constitutional role of the Vice President, in light of Dick Cheney’s contention that the Vice President is part of the Legislative branch, Palin either did not realize the question was […]

When the Shoe is on the Other Foot

Recent events in Grand Island, Nebraska, should illustrate for many Christians exactly why many of us object to official accommodation of their religious beliefs. First, Muslim employees at a meat packing plant there complained that workplace policies prevented them from participating correctly in Ramadan. Here is what happened next:
The Grand Island plant and United Food […]