7.15.2024

We Have Created the Conditions for Political Violence

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Like most of you, I don't condone political violence. I can't reconcile it with the sort of democratic society I prefer. The democratic process doesn't always work the way we want it to, and our courts don't always get it right. Some frustration is inevitable, and that doesn't justify political violence.

It didn't surprise me that someone took a shot at Donald Trump during a rally. It surprised me that it took this long for someone to do so. It is hard to imagine any modern political figure inspiring such strong feelings. To some, he's Jesus returned to make us great again. To others, he's a wannabe Hitler. In a nation of way too many guns, such strong and conflicting feelings can be dangerous.

7.08.2024

We Must Defeat Trump's Project 2025

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In Trump v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that presidents (and former presidents) are immune from criminal prosecution for "official acts" while they were in office. Can we agree that "Trump v. United States" is a fitting name for such a blow to the rule of law? Some have suggested that this decision isn't a big deal. After all, it amounts to an admission of what was already common practice. That may be true, but it still concerns me. My concern increases when we add immunity to the power of the presidential pardon.

There is a large group of people in the United States who would like to get rid of atheists and other undesirables. I imagine they'll start with immigrants and LGBTQIA+ people, but the rest of us won't be far behind. This group is currently organized around Trump, but he didn't create them. They existed long before him, and they will remain a threat long after he's gone.

6.29.2024

Sticking With a Flawed Candidate

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I did not watch the first presidential debate of 2024. The thought of exposing myself to that level of depression and anger seemed unwise. It wasn't like the outcome was ever in question. Trump would lie, and Biden would seem unfit for office. There would be no winner. We'd all be the losers.

The post-debate analysis littering the news the next day was no surprise either. The Democrats are panicking over their nominee. What took them so long? Haven't most Democratic voters recognized the problem for some time?

6.23.2024

Louisiana Promotes Christianity in Public Schools

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The state of Louisiana passed a law requiring public schools to display the Ten Commandments in every classroom. As expected, secular organizations oppose this. In their press release, the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) noted:

This move is not only discriminatory against religious minorities and non-religious individuals but also a clear breach of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The SCA characterized the Ten Commandments as a religious symbol. This seems obvious to most of us, but the Supreme Court is another matter. Their conservative majority has dismissed the religious significance of the Ten Commandments. By insisting that it is a historical but not religious symbol, they've been able to infuse more religion into public life. This should anger more Christians than it has.