Posts By: Scott Schaeffer

Times are good…the media just won’t let you see it that way

… As we approach the 2016 election, there’s a conventional wisdom floating about that says the reason politically-extreme candidates are so popular now is that the population is so frustrated; they just can’t take it anymore, so they insist upon drastic change. To that I ask, “What exactly is it that Americans can no longer… Read more »

Why the “We need assault weapons to protect ourselves from government tyranny” argument is invalid

After the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook in late 2012, a fellow gun owner in my church agreed with me that legalized guns, such as those used for hunting, are fine, but nobody needs a gun that can kill 30 people in 30 seconds. Within earshot was a devout Republican Christian, however, who chimed… Read more »

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 »