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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
As a veteran of the Vietnam War era the treatment of former soldiers always was a concern.
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…
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…
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.Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
I was just a kid when I first saw limbo dancers bend back a scoot themselves under a thin pole nearly walking…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue