• Stephen posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Somehow I think the civilized world can be trusted to carry on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while the USA finishes its dalliance with Cheeto Hitler. Ditto some US states and many US corporations and individuals. Basically the USA is making itself irrelevant, or part of the problem, as it did with the World Court. And, at least in my view, the…[Read more]

  • Stephen posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Doesn’t this have more to do with withdrawing financial support from a state-sponsored religious institution than ceasing either religious observance or personal religious belief? I visited Denmark in 2004; I was Christian clergy at that time. My wife and I visited several churches around the country and attended Sunday services at one, in…[Read more]

  • Stephen posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    I heard that MT, while speaking outdoors in Winnipeg, was offered a rain jacket by her hosts. She refused, saying something about “the poor” lacking such protection. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t she just another pious fraud, ostentatious in her “compassion,” who built a reputation on encouraging suffering?

  • Stephen posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Religion is shameless in its casuistry. Islam is the worst. I remember sitting thru a lecture – disguised as conversation – by a pious leader at a Mosque near Minneapolis in which he righteously intoned that the wife- beating encouraged by the Quran was “symbolic.” My confirmation students and I were too polite to ask “symbolic of what?”

  • Stephen posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I was a minister, in a liberal Christian denomination, for 23 years. Women ran the church; that is, they – for the most part – staffed the committees, prepared community meals, organized volunteer efforts and so forth. I’d imagine women in churches are getting tired of doing most of the work as if it were the assumption of the community that they…[Read more]

  • Stephen posted a new activity comment 4 years, 7 months ago

    I retired in 2013 after 23 years as a liberal Christian (United Church of Christ) minister. In the UCC, or at least in the churches I served, one’s personal religious beliefs – including the personal religious beliefs of the pastor – are just that: personal. I always felt and preached that our faith is more about commitment to a core set of…[Read more]

  • Wow, the UC did something right! I never cease to be amazed by the disingenuous arguments lefties can use to justify their anti-Semitism. How about this for you to get your shorts in a bunch about: The Land of […]

  • So, if I think “they” are out to get me, only two of us need to keep the secret. But I don’t trust that other guy. Or is the whole world in on the fiendish plot? If they were, somebody would have blabbed by now. I […]