We need to retake America from our Racist-in-Chief

The president of the United States is racist. Notwithstanding the justified outrage over the president’s latest romp in the white supremacist sandbox, this fact should come as no surprise — the president is racist. When the president tells four congresswomen, all U.S. citizens, they should “go back” to the “places from which they came,” we … Continue reading We need to retake America from our Racist-in-Chief

When sport is more than sport: The U.S. Women call us to a better society

  I am not, by even the most liberal definition, a “sports guy.” So, please, do not take this as a sports column. But, sometimes the games played for our amusement mean something much more. Sometimes, sport calls us to examine the fiber of our society, and to take a principled stand for its betterment. … Continue reading When sport is more than sport: The U.S. Women call us to a better society

The cognitive dissonance of American Christians’ opposition to refugees

  As American Christians, it seems we have a problem with cognitive dissonance. This question of the internal conflict between irreconcilable principles pops up around any number of issues, between the true and difficult teachings of the Gospel, and our comfortable, socially acceptable and yet Gospel-antithetical views on unbridled greed, exclusion, war-for-profit, poverty, treatment of … Continue reading The cognitive dissonance of American Christians’ opposition to refugees

From Okinawa to Vietnam and back: Retired sailor recalls career that spanned three wars

Writer's note: I enjoyed meeting this fellow Sailor and hearing his incredible story of service in three wars. But, what made the greatest impression on me was his befriending Japanese soldiers not long after the Battle of Okinawa and the end of the war. "They had a job to do, just like we did," McCray said. … Continue reading From Okinawa to Vietnam and back: Retired sailor recalls career that spanned three wars

We need the “empathicalism” of “Funny Face”

It may seem strange to conflate the whimsical 1957 Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire musical "Funny Face" with the atrocious treatment of children in concentration camps on our southern border. But, the children in those cages were on my mind (they usually are, of late) while my wife, Tammy, and I were watching Hepburn and … Continue reading We need the “empathicalism” of “Funny Face”

The morning after Independence, the fight continues

Americans woke on July 5, 1776, to a long fight for independence. We declared on July 4, 1776, that all men are created equal, endowed with unalienable rights, and that government derives its powers from the consent of the governed. And, in our red-white-and-blue mythology, “we” won those ideals with the conclusion of the American … Continue reading The morning after Independence, the fight continues