Posts By: Scott Schaeffer

The biblical tithe is really a capital gains tax, contrary to what Republicans say

… Even among Republicans, Ben Carson has been stirring up some controversy with his intent to model the U.S. tax code after the biblical tithe. His reasoning from his book,  “One Nation”: Carson: “No group of American citizens should be singled out for extra taxation and no group should be spared taxation on a federal… Read more »

Why legalizing gay marriage will not lead to the legalization of child molestation or polygamy

… Even though gay marriage is legal in all 50 states, its opponents, most recently Ted Cruz’s father, insist that it will lead to the legalization of child molestation and polygamy. There’s one major reason that they are wrong. It’s real simple. Are you ready? Here it is: VICTIMS!!! Gay marriages are between two consenting… Read more »

Why Capitalism isn’t sacred; and why modifying it isn’t evil

… [The following article is an excerpt from my book, “Rescuing Religion from Republican Reason.”] Imagine you’re the inventor and manufacturer of the first bicycle. The bike is fast with a smooth ride. People love it. As soon as you make one, someone buys it. But there’s one flaw: Cyclists return to you, complaining of… Read more »

How Unregulated Corporate Greed has Ruined American Lives

… [As a politically-liberal Christian who believes in using our democracy to fight greed, I receive considerable push-back from conservatives who seem to think that it’s not any of my business whether or not the rich are greedy, that I shouldn’t be using my political forum to judge others. What these critics fail to realize… Read more »

The Dark History of American Capitalism and How the Bible Applies

… [The following article is an excerpt from the book, Rescuing Religion from Republican Reason] No system is better than corporate capitalism at creating incredibly wealthy individuals. This should come as no surprise. A system that maximizes financial rewards for success while minimizing financial losses from failure can’t help but broaden the gap between the… Read more »

The “Give a Man Fish…” saying is outdated. Here’s a realistic version addressing the realities of corporate capitalism.

Those who oppose government assistance, because it supposedly creates dependency, love to say, “Give a man a fish; he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish; he’ll eat for a lifetime.” That doesn’t reflect American reality, so I extended the saying to make it more accurate. Give a man a fish, and he’ll… Read more »