The Good Samaritan has no place when compassion is a crime

  To even a casual observer of American history, it’s obvious we’ve long had a problematic deficiency of empathy in this country. From slavery to the genocide of Native Americans, Jim Crow, segregation, Japanese internment, persistent discrimination against minorities, women and LGBTQ people, and systemic poverty and food insecurity in one of the wealthiest nations … Continue reading The Good Samaritan has no place when compassion is a crime

It’s time to embrace equality, with open arms, hearts, minds

This last week has given us two important opportunities to reflect on civil rights and religious freedom in American society. Wednesday was Harvey Milk Day, commemorating the birthday of the groundbreaking LGBTQ rights activist, and last Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which would extend the provisions of the 1964 Civil … Continue reading It’s time to embrace equality, with open arms, hearts, minds

Want to end abortion as a choice? Create a society that is truly pro-life

If I were prudent, I would stay away from this topic. The opposing sides are so intractable, I’m unlikely to have any impact. And, because my views don’t fall neatly into either camp, I’m also certain to anger both sides. But, I feel compelled to outline my stance on abortion, if only to assure my … Continue reading Want to end abortion as a choice? Create a society that is truly pro-life

Lions and lambs — profiles in courage and cowardice

  Surveying the wanton waste of life and ineptitude of leadership on the Western Front in World War I, German Gen. Max von Gallwitz penned to a colleague a truism that I think applies to the contemporary state of our society. “Never,” Gallwitz wrote, “have I seen such lions led by such lambs.” America is … Continue reading Lions and lambs — profiles in courage and cowardice

Genocide persists because of our collective indifference

This post, originally published in the Enid News & Eagle on Friday, April 26, 2019, is a modified version of the April 24, 2019 sermon delivered for Noonday Prayers at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Enid, Oklahoma. When the late Nobel Laureate and noted Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel reflected on the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, … Continue reading Genocide persists because of our collective indifference

The transgender ban — a betrayal of trust

I’m seldom saddened or shocked by the news anymore. Like many Americans, I’ve become somewhat numb to our country’s dystopian angst. But, an article this week from my beloved Naval Academy hurt just enough to shake me from my desensitized state. The headline from the CBS news piece read: “Naval Academy to ban transgender students … Continue reading The transgender ban — a betrayal of trust