Christian Right or Islamic Right? Can You Tell Them Apart?

There is precious little difference between the Christian Right and the Islamic Right. The only difference I have been able to identify is that Christians believe that Jesus ascended into Heaven on His own, while Muslims believe that Mohammad ascended into Heaven riding a flying horse. Aside from that, the Christian Right and the Islamic…

Merry Christmas!

Christmas has its roots in Christianity, most certainly, if only by the name it bears. But Christ and Christianity have little to do with Christmas. Christians invoke it as the birthday of Jesus (a factual error), but the actual practice of celebrating Christmas has become a secular holiday enjoyed by people of all, or no,…

Can Someone Explain Prayer To Me?

I don’t get the whole idea of prayer. Never did. Even when I was a Christian, prayer didn’t make any sense to me. The difference between us and god would make the difference between humans and bacteria seem tiny. Yet god is interested in our opinions? Would you be swayed by what a bacterium wanted?…

The End Of Days

Christians have been prattling on about the Second Coming, Armageddon, and the End of Days, for almost 2,000 years. But it looks as though the End of Days may finally be upon us. Nothing to do with Christians, of course, except to the extent that they have supported capitalism and the conservatives which have allowed…

Christmas, Capitalism, And Consumption

Christmas, ostensibly the celebration of Christ’s birthday, has been transformed into a paean to capitalism. A holiday of giving has become a holiday of consuming Capitalism has turned the message of Christmas on its head, and hardy anyone notices. Or objects. Black Friday has become as much a part of the Christmas celebration as manger…

The Ever-Changing Face of Christianity

Christianity reinvents itself with each successive advance in scientific discovery and every successful social movement. At one time, Christians believed the world was flat. The Bible infers as much. When it was discovered to be a globe the church determined that the Earth was nonetheless the center of the universe, and that the Sun and…