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Celebrating the America Ideal

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Tolerance and the Rule of Law Two hundred years ago this year, in 1815, America was embroiled in a war with England during which our capitol city was destroyed.  The war was fiercely unpopular with many Americans even though we were under direct attack. And, in 1915, one hundred years ago, we were once again […]

On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics

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“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”                                     Justice Anthony Kennedy  Twenty-five years from now folks will look back on this week’s Supreme Court Decision declaring marriage for gays a fundamental right and say, “How could they […]

Formula for Mayhem: Booth, Oswald & Dylann Roof

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The Inner Struggle The news that Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old, was the murderer of nine black church-goers in Charleston, SC, has caused both grief and consternation as Americans express deep concern over his “radicalization” and racist views. Dylann Roof has historic company where acts of infamy and horror are concerned. He was a young American, […]

Islam, Conservatives and Science

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When Blue Jeans Are to Blame Fox News reported yesterday that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a conservative Pakistani politician and cleric, proclaimed that blue jean-clad-women were responsible for “earthquakes, inflation and natural disasters.” Does Rehman present another easy opportunity to heap scorn on Islam? The real object of scorn is so called “conservatism” wherever it is found, […]

Interview with the Devil

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2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation by allied troops of Nazi extermination camps at Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz and other locations. Many of the architects and perpetrators of the mass killing were eventually rounded up and imprisoned for trial and punishment. In 1946, American psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn (G) interviewed dozens of these prisoners at […]

To OM or Not to OM

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Drums in the Distance I live a stone’s throw from the “Hinkley Hilton” in Washington, DC, where the Jodie Foster obsessed assassin nearly murdered Ronald Reagan in 1981. This morning I awoke to the sound of beating drums and chanting; nearly as loud as when the Lubavitcher Jews are celebrating in the street on the […]

“Fairy” Tale Atlanta: Kelvin and the Beasts

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According to media, Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, a former US Fire Administrator, has been terminated for lack of judgment in publishing and disseminating a book which compares homosexuality to bestiality and pederasty and for giving it to employees, some of whom complained. Cochran and others, including the Georgia Baptist Convention, charge that his religious […]

Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth

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This week the US Senate released a report detailing CIA abuses related to torture and other mistreatment of detainees. Partisan lines are drawn around the issue of the disclosure of the report where some suggest that disclosure is un-American and aiding the enemy. Suddenly it’s patriotic to be pro-torture and anti-truth. Tim McVeigh would be […]

Pope Francis as Company Officer

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Anybody hanging around a firehouse for a bit has come across the unhappy crew intent on driving their leader crazy. Perhaps it is the unfortunate officer’s first posting or possibly a mutiny in the making by the salty dogs. At any rate, the symptoms and behavior are easily spotted: the crew’s surly demeanor coupled with […]

Sex, Religion and Power

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You’re On Mikvah Camera The religious world, or at least a segment of it, was shaken recently by the news of Washington Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest on charges of voyeurism. The Rabbi is alleged to have videotaped female congregants and others as they disrobed and used a ritual bath known as a “mikvah.” Freundel, in addition […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Eric Lamar
Semper Fi: Deport Those Damn Marines
Ah, Spartacus--more disconnected blather? Try to stay on topic. By the way, following your contrived logic, do two wrongs really make a right?
2015-07-04 16:46:34
Spartacus
Semper Fi: Deport Those Damn Marines
And your alternative? A disrespectful, disconnected, deceitful, disdainful woman devoid of honor and destitute of character? Where's the marines when you need 'em?
2015-07-04 16:25:50
Mike Lambert
Farewell to Dave McCormack
Hi, Eric...you probably don't remember me, I worked at the IAFF in the late 80s and throughout the 90s about the same time you were there. Ironically enough, my wife and I were discussing just last night the several (REALLY enjoyable!) Christmas parties that the McCormacks hosted back in that timeframe. I happened to pick…
2015-07-01 16:15:24
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
I marvel at your ability to entirely miss the point. I did not choose those verses. They were chosen by the supporters of slavery to justify their actions. Does the historical truth offend you so?
2015-06-28 01:41:06
Smiles
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
You two do realize that exodus and Leviticus is pretty much a history lesson for the days of Moses. People had different rules and lived in a time far gone by. I don't know what kind of Christian people you two deal with but as a Christian who grew up attending and currently still attends…
2015-06-28 00:47:28
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