Donald R Barbera's Blog (194)


I wrote this piece as a freelance reporter for a black magazine six years ago. It was in response to homophobia in the black community and the reaction of the black church. Although this article was aimed at a particular audience, I believe what I found can be applied to any group or ethnicity. I wrote this article…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 61 Comments

Lewd, Licentious & Lecherous Confessions

Peering too closely at one's self can be harmful to the framed and mounted picture you have in your mind. Taking stock of my inventory of foibles, I found one in particular that bothered me more than I believed it should. Evidently, I am a licentious and lecherous old man formerly addicted to strip clubs. There, I've…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 29 Comments

Let Me Drive the Hearse

Notheist—(ˈno,-thē-ˌizt)—A person that believes gods are not relevant. As opposed to an atheist that believes there are no gods, the notheist believes that whether god or gods exist or not is of no importance. To notheists, gods are irrelevant to living and unworthy to…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

Much Is Asked

Watching television last week, a commercial caught my eye and made me think. Normally, commercials are unable to crack my consciousness, but this one did. It went so deep as to infuriate me.

As a veteran of the Vietnam War era the treatment of former soldiers always was a concern.

Suddenly, this…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2014 at 1:50pm — 22 Comments

Do Atheists Talk About Anything Other Than God?

I started to dismiss this query immediately, but quick reflection prompted me to answer the question. However, the question took me aback not that I hadn't considered it, but because it was one of the few times, I've run into someone who in effect asked me if I was human.

Something that is unclear in the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 6, 2014 at 8:30am — 113 Comments

I Hate Politicians

 Today is a day that will live in infamy as the sleaze, scum and general vermin rise from the dregs to temporarily put on their masquerade faces to pretend they are something other than the low life, Sycophants they are.

I despise politicians, especially those of the Congressional ilk. To me, they are…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 4, 2014 at 9:30pm — 16 Comments

Laff and Happiness

All credit to Al Green for writing a song that could butcher in the name of humor. Two nights ago I strapped on my guitar, wearing it low and to the side like and old-time gun slinger. After setting up my gear, a few minutes passed before the director came in and counted it off.

From there we kicked up a Texas dust storm. Three hours later it was done and all the musicians were ready to call it a night. Until one of the audience members recognized and obviously thought it was a good… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on October 24, 2014 at 12:08pm — 9 Comments

Urban Myths and Other Bullshit

This is from a speech I gave in 1999 as we were about to move into 2000. I thought it might be appropriate as we near Halloween.

First, let’s look at the popular conceptions and misconceptions about a mysterious group called the Illuminati.…


Added by Donald R Barbera on September 29, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Theodicy and the Black Experience

Why Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology—Anthony Pinn—Theodicy has to do with suffering under a loving and benevolent God. It is a difficult subject because it challenges why bad things sometimes happen to good people. This book will not make it any better, but you will see that someone is at least trying to explain it in a religious context.

As Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year" in 2006, Pinn provides a clear look at the idea of…


Added by Donald R Barbera on September 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Who the Hell is Michael Sam?

Before his announcement of being homosexual Michael Sam was an ordinary football player and the emphasis was on “ordinary.” However, he was ordinary enough to be selected in the NFL draft. While no guarantee that he would ever become a member of any team he was good enough to be selected. So, what is so special about…


Added by Donald R Barbera on September 4, 2014 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Time and time again when speaking of atheists, the question of whether one can be moral and upright without God and/or religion unfailingly comes up. For years, I have believed that the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Things That Make You Go Hmmm . . . (Humor)

Have you ever asked yourself why we do things? Why do we do things that irritate others? What is it we do or say that make other laugh. Have you ever wondered why the most embarrassing things always happen when you think no one is around? Why? The following are just a few things that make us wonder what people are thinking.…


Added by Donald R Barbera on July 23, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Nipples, Nipples, Nipples

There, I’ve said it. Outside of a conversation on breast feeding, nipples seem to be off limits for television. Recently, a television show featuring reconstructive surgery featured breast augmentation among other procedures aired on The Learning Channel. Breasts of all shapes, sizes and colors filled the screen, but…


Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Skin Politics: Propaganda and Reality

Do You Know Any of These People?

Skin politics in the African American community is dirty laundry rarely discussed in public…


Added by Donald R Barbera on July 11, 2014 at 8:06pm — 26 Comments

To Weave or Not to Weave? That is the question.

Controversial topics never made me hide my pen or computer. In fact, the more contentious the subject, the more I am inclined to include it my repertoire of taboo themes. However, there are some areas I only touch only with thick kid gloves. In the black community, any discussion of skin and hair can be a highly…


Added by Donald R Barbera on June 28, 2014 at 5:00pm — 35 Comments

How Low Can You Go? (Part II in Places to Visit Series)

“The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon his sons unto the 7th generation”—Wording may change, depending on which of the hundreds of biblical conversions available.

I was just a kid when I first saw limbo dancers bend back a scoot themselves under a thin pole nearly walking…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 21, 2014 at 8:41am — 6 Comments

Heaven or Hell (First in Series)

Do we go directly to heaven or hell when we die?

This question is of no importance to readers in this community, but for Christians it should be an interrogative of great concern.

While it seems a straightforward query it seems that Christian scholars cannot provide a "yes" or "no" answer. Instead,…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 19, 2014 at 8:06am — 18 Comments

World Reaction/Capital Punishment

Warning: This is a long essay!

Although capital punishment received a three-year hiatus in 1973, it was right back on the books by 1976.

Since then, the United States executed more than 1,000 prisoners placing it in the limelight with…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 8, 2014 at 10:33am — 14 Comments

What’s Wrong with this Picture

The surety of the death penalty proponent’s is a major issue as aside from Jesus, no one has ever come back from the dead after an execution. This is sad commentary on a vengeful, biased system and for a variety of reasons; first among them is the inescapable fact…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 6, 2014 at 10:00am — 26 Comments

Short Summary of Bungled Executions

With the recent lethal injection debacle in Oklahoma what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment jumped back into death penalty spotlight. The botched execution of Clayton Lockett…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 13 Comments

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