Category Archives: Religion in America

Those Best-Laid Plans

Robert Burns is really irritating. At midnight each New Year’s Eve everyone sings his Auld Lang Syne – and no one knows what the hell the words mean. Well, a Scotsman would know, but there’s his cute little poem about … Continue reading

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Obama’s Faith

There are those of us who wouldn’t mind having an enlightened Buddhist president – there’d be no God Talk. Those folks don’t talk about any god – they just talk about the elimination of ignorance and of our incessant craving … Continue reading

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This Sort of Country

Hollywood isn’t exactly the heartland of America – maybe that’s Peoria, or Waco, or Altoona – but we still do the Fourth of July out here, even if every conservative in the country says we have no right to do … Continue reading

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A Matter of Emphasis

The last column before this site goes dark for Christmas – the lights are elsewhere – should probably be about God and all that. No one wants to be accused of participating in the War on Christmas that Fox News … Continue reading

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Gun to the Head

Back in the early seventies the Doobie Brothers had a bit of a hit with their song China Grove – about a sleepy little Southern town, but in Texas, which is only sort of the South. But that’s okay as … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Heaven

Back in graduate school at Duke, long ago, it was always a treat to head on down the road Saturday afternoon to spend some time in Chapel Hill. Durham is kind of scruffy and Chapel Hill calls itself a Little … Continue reading

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The Imaginary Secular

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks … Continue reading

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