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This being my home page, I intend to exercise editorial freedom and express my opinions about matters.  This page will change from time to time -- no schedule, I'll just fire off my opinions.  Readers are welcome to disagree -- go ahead and be wrong.  My e-mail address is at the bottom of the page if you wish to reply.  

The Real Threat to the U. S. As of this writing, January 4, 2004, 100,000 U. S. troops are in the midst of a war that was started based on lies.  Of the two reasons that the G. W. Bush junt gave for going to war in Iraq, two were lies and one was none of our business.  This article discusses the REAL threat to this nation.  And it's not what you think.

Post the Ten Commandments and Save the WorldMaybe it's not that simple.  Where I live in NE Tennessee, there is considerable attention paid to the posting of the "Ten Commandments."  The county commission in Sullivan County has paid for a big brass plaque of the Commandments and are now trying to find a spot on the courthouse wall to post it.  A common site in front lawns is a lawn sign of the Commandments.   Now, there are movements in many states to require that the Ten Commandments be posted in classrooms.  I am not in favor of such actions.  Because (1) posting the Ten Commandments is an unconstitutional establishment of a specific religion, and (2) it's silly and useless.  Read this article for an excellent discussion of this movement to post the Ten Commandments on every available wall.

Airbrushing George Washington.   Have you ever seen Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware?  Did you notice that the future President's "private parts" are exposed in the painting?  I never noticed either.  However,  Muscogee County, Georgia, school district officials, worried that Washington’s watch, lying across his right thigh, might look to some fifth grader like the general’s genitalia, used paint brushes to touch up the page in over 2,300 books.

Do You Really Want Pat Robertson Deciding What Your Children Learn at School?   For well over a decade now (July 1999), the "Christian right" (which is neither) has maintained a constant attack on public education.  Much of their nonsense has been adopted as truth or near-truth by an undiscerning public.  Some of their foolishness has even found its way into legislation -- both attempted and successful legislation.  I believe that we should all be concerned -- alarmed even -- and we should all confront this attack on public education.

A Deal With the Devil.  The sorry spectacle of impeachment now being played out in Washington is the result of a deal made in the early 1970s between certain radical conservative Republicans, chief among them Newt Gingrich, and the Devil.  In this case, the Devil was represented by "Christian" zealots -- Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, Jerry Falwell, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, to name a few.

"Do not" and "Do" Christianity.   Why is it that the Christian right (which, in my view, is neither) believes in a gospel of "do not?"  Have they never really read the teaching of Jesus who tells us to "Do . . . " ?

Smear the Queer.  Words inspire people to action.  When one group of people is constantly villifed, constantly decribed as being something lower than the rest of us, why are we surprised when individuals in that group are subjected to discrimination, harassment, even murder?  Hitler decreed that Jews were the source of all Germany's ills.  Why are we surprised at what flowed from that? "The only good Indian is a dead Indian."  Why, then, are we surprised at the massacre of women, old men and children at Wounded Knee Creek?



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