The World Of Imaginary Friends.

I heard an item on Public Radio the other day about research into childrens’ imaginary friends.  This researcher ask children about who their phantom friends were, what they did and what they said. She tried to find a pattern in these friends.  There was no pattern.  Children create the imaginary people they need. Not all children have them…
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A Road Map For The Republican Comeback.

There is a lot of talk about growth of the Hispanic population in the U. S. and how heavily that group supported Obama.  Pundits let us know the obvious, Republicans need to get more votes there to win the Presidency. There is another group no one talks about much.  It is nonbelievers and those who believe but do not affiliate with existing denominations. …
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“There Are No Contradictions In The Bible.”

When there are two different versions of an event in the Bible, literalists quickly assert both actually happened.  Accounts differ, they explain, because one account did not happen to include the other. Take the death of Judas.  Matthew 27 tells that Judas died by hanging himself. Then the priests took his money and bought the “field of blood”.   We can…
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Social Conservatives Draw A Line In The Sand.

Having made part of my living in politics for a long time and being a political junky at heart, I always listen in on political arguments, even if they don’t involve me. When I was a Mayor, one of the most common threats people made was, “If you do that, I’ll see to it you…
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Abortion Needs Story Telling.

Social change requires story telling.  Stories of personal experience provide a window into lives otherwise hidden. I have one of the breakthrough story telling masterpieces, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852).  Based on blacks she had known, Stowe cleverly portrays slaves who mock and outsmart white owners.  She also brings to light the heartbreak of couples torn apart by…
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