Office Of Just Due

“Come in, sir.  How can I help you?” “Well, I was just passing by, and I saw your sign, Office of Just Due.  I had a few minutes and thought I’d get mine.” “Glad you stopped in.  That’s what we’re here for.  Let’s get started.” “A couple of questions first, is this a Christian place or what?”…
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A 9/11 Widow Whacks Back

“They killed your husband!  You of all people should understand why we have to do whatever it takes to get these bastards.” The speaker was in the face of author Nikke Stern only one month after the death of her husband in the 9/11 attack.  Stern had expressed her view that finding and bringing to…
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Separation Of Church And State: No Slam Dunks.

The entire realm of separation of church and state in the U. S., or, as it is often called, the Establishment Clause, is the source of unending frustration for both sides. People like me argue if the founding fathers had wanted the govenment to go around promoting one faith at the expense of others, they…
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Why Read The Bible When There Is Better Stuff?

Frequently here people advise me to read the Bible.  I get private emails giving the same advice. More helpful to me is learning about the social, political and economic forces that gave rise to the Bible and its underlying mythology.  This helps me understand what gave rise to the invisible god of the Bible. Archaeologists are slowly uncovering bits of information.  Social anthropologists are…
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Gideons: Leave The Kids Alone, Part II

The Gideons, mostly known for putting Bibles in motel rooms, have a much more shadowy program, pushing New Testaments into the hands of school children.  We’ve experienced it locally.  Now it is an issue in DeSoto, Mississippi. The Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, is raising a fuss about it.  It’s Director, Annie Laurie…
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