Category Archives: One of God’s creatures

About Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem

When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for a recent playing of the National Anthem at a pre-season game, he set off a firestorm on social media.

In fact, writes Jon Schwarz at The Intercept, the anthem is a celebration of slavery. From Schwarz re: the third verse of the song (which we never sing):

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


The middle class is not mentioned in the Bible

Homeless man begs for money in the Financial District in San FranciscoRead this thought-provoking piece by Ryan McAnnally-Linz and Miroslav Volf are the authors of “Public Faith in Action: How to Think Critically, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity.” McAnnally-Linz and Volf explore politicians’ (all of them) focus on the middle class (which didn’t exist in Biblical times), at near complete exclusion of the poor (who did).

Are atheists trustworthy people?

download (1)This priest says no, because atheists don’t have eternal damnation hanging over them. Because if you’re not afraid of punishment, what is your motivation to be good?

Phew. People think like this, eh?

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

So an archbishop says remarried Catholics should live like siblings

jchaput06z-aPhiladelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput says remarried Catholics can receive Communion only if they abstain from sex and live like brothers and sisters.

Chaput issued guidelines earlier this month that said

“Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly remarried to receive reconciliation in the Sacrament of Penance, which could then open the way to the Eucharist.”

I thought this would create a stir in my house, as my husband is a remarried Catholic. but when informed of this new rule, he said simply, “OK, sis.”

And thanks, Jac, for the link.

Victoria Woodhull for President

Victoria-Woodhull_001_L_smallThe media is trumpeting that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, which makes her America’s first woman candidate for a major political party.

And all I can think about is Victoria Claflin Woodhull.

In 1872, Woodhull ran for president on the Equal Rights ticket. Her platform included equal rights for women (this at a time when votes for women were still nearly 50 years off), improved civil rights, the legalization of birth control, and the abolition of capital punishment.

She didn’t stand a chance. Even the old guard of the suffrage movement — Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony — thought she was too radical, and they did not support her.

Woodhull had the chops for public life. She was a newspaper publisher, a stockbroker, and a medium/healer, but she was also a proponent of Free Love, or the idea that marriage could not contain love, and the heart wants what it wants. She said once:

Yes, I am a Free Lover. I have an inalienable, constitutional and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or as short a period as I can; to change that love every day if I please, and with that right neither you nor any law you can frame have any right to interfere.

This, reader, could not stand. These were the days of Queen Victoria. Suffragists were fighting, already, the idea that they were strictly in the game so they could get free and easy divorce, and that they were sexually loose. The right to divorce was part of the plan, yes, but it wasn’t the sole reason women wanted the vote. Most of the war horses of the movement (save for Anthony, who never married) were in marriages that were decades long. That Woodhull was also a brilliant strategist and a charismatic speaker paled to the fact that she did not stay within her own marital bounds.

It was the optics of the thing.

Yet Hartford suffragist Isabella Beecher Hooker adored her (much to the distress of Hooker’s straight-laced family). But Woodhull’s stance on fidelity made her the nemesis of Hooker’s brother, the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, who, Woodhull believed — hell, everyone believed except a few of his siblings — was also a proponent of Free Love — though not out loud. Woodhull said that when she once confronted the minister about his hypocrisy, Beecher responded “Milk for babies, meat for strong men.” meaning his congregation couldn’t handle the complexities of their shared belief.

That, to Woodhull, was hypocrisy. In 1875, she published a bombshell of an article about Beecher’s infidelities, and the scandal kept America — and much of the rest of the reading world — enthralled for months.

But in the end, Beecher, the revered minister from a famous family, survived and when he died, his obituary carried nary a mention of the scandal.

But for Woodhull, that was pretty much that. Her public influence waned — how dare she pick on the Rev. Beecher? — and she moved to England, where she continued publishing. There’s a story of her returning to the U.S. at least once, but she never again enjoyed the influence she dropped the bomb on Beecher.

Woodhull is no Hillary Clinton, but just watch this campaign and see how many times Clinton’s opponents attack her sexuality, or how many times Clinton’s pugnacious repudiation of that idiot Trump is questioned because Clinton’s a girl, and girls shouldn’t hit back. See if much has changed. I think it’s going to continue to be a bruising campaign. I think it’s going to get worse. I hope we keep our wits about us.

Jeb!’s gun

CbXbjS-XIAAU4cJA picture has been circulating on Twitter of Gov. Jeb! Bush’s handgun on Jeb!’s Twitter account, with the word “America” as the tweet. I can say no more than what Michael Moore said about it.

And thanks, Leftover, for this, too.


A pissed-off Southern pastor explains it all for you.

king-james-bibleRight here. And thanks, Cynical, for the link. I found these particularly enlightening:

5. I live my life for God, but I do not think God belongs in our Constitution. Separation of church and state; It’s a thing. Look it up.

6. You cannot be both prejudiced and Christian. One prevents the other. No exceptions. If you are Christian, you don’t hate.

7. There is too much hate and there are too many guns in this country. And, I believe those things do not align with Christ’s command to love our neighbor. You cannot believe that guns are the way to save the world if you study Christ’s teachings. Peace, love, giving, acceptance, forgiveness; Christ taught all these things. I find no red scriptures on gun ownership or arming for peace. They just aren’t there. Get over it. You are not being a Christian if you put your faith in guns. How dare you post pro-gun propaganda after a school shooting. It is insensitive, and offensive, and immoral. Christ would NOT approve. People carrying guns are NOT saving lives. But the free availability of guns in this country is causing deaths which are reaching viral proportions. Enough is enough. I don’t care about your damned right to own guns. I am tired of children dying in this great country.

This is just a reminder that not everyone who speaks with a Southern accent when they talk about Jesus is your enemy.