Bobby Franklin, Christian Extremist


  Remember Bobby Franklin, the Georgia legislator who wants to criminalize miscarriage and re-name all rape victims “accusers”?  Turns out he really is a Christian extremist.  Franklin belongs to the Chalcedon Presbyterian Church, which openly affiliates itself with Christian Reconstructionism.  This Protestant movement, like its theological cousin, Dominionism,  envisions the United States as a Christian theocracy … More Bobby Franklin, Christian Extremist

Christian extremists behind the Tea Party


The media misrepresents the Tea Party as a libertarian movement solely interested in economic issues, but actions speak louder than words.  By introducing legislation to police women’s uteruses and eliminate all funding for family planning, HIV screenings, and sex education, newly elected Tea-Partiers demonstrate that their primary aims coincide with those of the Christian right. … More Christian extremists behind the Tea Party

I Trust African American Women to Govern their own Reproductive Health


I reproduce this statement from the Sistersong website to affirm my solidarity with Black Women’s Choice Statement of Solidarity with African American Women We who trust women stand in solidarity with and support of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, SisterLove, Planned Parenthood of Georgia, and Feminist Women’s Health Center … More I Trust African American Women to Govern their own Reproductive Health

Glenn Beck Compares Reform Judaism to “Radical Islam” | Religion Dispatches


It’s true: on Tuesday, Glenn Beck compared politically-progressive Reform Judaism to radical Islam, while taking potshots at a letter signed by 400 rabbis from Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist denominations calling for his ouster from Fox News. And on Wednesday, Beck led his radio program with a lengthy (and oddly self-congratulatory) apology for the comparison, … More Glenn Beck Compares Reform Judaism to “Radical Islam” | Religion Dispatches

Bikram Day 96: WTF?


One day while carrying out some business, the Mullah Nasruddin was asked to show his identification.  He directly pulled out a mirror from his pocket and soberly studied his reflection for a long time.  At length he exclaimed, “Yes, that is me!” I have to say that meeting this challenge is the by far the … More Bikram Day 96: WTF?

Current anti-woman legislation and the rise of Christian extremism


Christian extremists have not quite taken hold of the country, but they pose an emergent, lethal threat to women, men, and children in the United States of America. They do not constitute the majority of Americans, who largely trust women to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. Nevertheless, a vocal and fiercely religious … More Current anti-woman legislation and the rise of Christian extremism

What I am Reading


I am currently reading Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal trans. Ramsay Wood (London: Alfred A Knopf, 2008).  This is a western translation of a very ancient classic, which dates back to a Pali version, c. 250 BCE, known as Jakarta Tales or “Former Lives of the Buddha”.  It is thought to be … More What I am Reading

Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East


Some things that the brave protestors in the Arab and Persian worlds have taught us: 1.  Non-violence is the most effective weapon against violence. As Gene Sharp notes in “From Dictatorship to Democracy” Since 1980 dictatorships have collapsed before the predominantly nonviolent defiance of people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Slovenia, … More Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East