… As a teenager in the late 1980s, I was staunchly pro-life. It was a simple concept, really. What could be worse than killing babies? Some argued that it wasn’t really a baby, because it was still inside the womb, in which case it is called a fetus, but that just seemed like a… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Social Issues
The “Give a Man Fish…” saying is outdated.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 »
7 Bible Quotes of Social Justice as a Purpose of God’s Law
… [This article is an excerpt from the book, “Rescuing Religion from Republican Reason”] Republicans and Evangelicals have found common ground in their opposition to social justice. Naturally, justice for the poor flies in the face of what the Republicans have been doing since the 1870s – representing the wealthy oppressors of the poor. The… Read more »
Where are the peacemakers in the gay marriage debate?
One of Jesus’ most famous lines was, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Unfortunately, in today’s political world, they’re nowhere to be found. The gay marriage debate has always been one of my least favorites. I often find myself in the center of the spectrum, where few others are found. I can relate to some viewpoints on… Read more »
Where Republican Christians are wrong in opposing gay marriage
The following is an EXCERPT from my book, Rescuing Religion from Republican Reason (pictured at right). Buy it at Amazon If you ask Republican Christians why they wage a political battle against gay marriage, many of them will respond by saying, “Because the Bible says it’s wrong.” This assertion isn’t entirely true. The Bible never… Read more »
Why the Republican “Obamacare Funds Abortion” lie should not deceive Christians
As the Republicans take control of both houses of Congress while simultaneously bringing yet another anti-Obamacare case before the Supreme Court, conservative Christians are regaining their enthusiasm for abolishing the Affordable Care Act. And the leading cry in their cause is that “Obamacare Funds Abortions.” The Republican pundits and politicians have pounded into Christian minds… Read more »
Fasting (Bible Study)
[To read this study in its entirety, please go to the Bible Studies page on this website and download the PDF.] (All Bible quotes from the NRSV, unless otherwise noted) (Copyright © 2009 by K. Scott Schaeffer) Fasting isn’t exclusive to Christianity. Buddhists, Muslims, Native Americans and people of many other faiths engage in… Read more »
Immigration Order Proves Obama is the Family Values President
Since the onset of the Reagan Revolution, the Republican Party has used the smokescreen of “family values” to win over the Christian vote, and it has worked for them exceedingly well. Of course, the name “family values” is a bit misleading, because the values that Republicans address are almost exclusively sexual values. While sexual values… Read more »
How Christian-supported gay discrimination laws will set the stage for future Christian persecution
The Republican Party loves to use fear of an apocalyptic doomsday scenario to scare people into supporting all Republican causes and condemning the Democratic Party as evil. One such scare tactic is convincing Christians that voting for Democrats will bring about the persecution of Christianity. Whenever the Republican news media can find a case in… Read more »
Can We Legislate Morality?
We Christians, whether politically-liberal, conservative, or moderate, all share a common pain: We bristle at the thought of our nation’s moral decline. It concerns us to see high divorce rates, child custody and support battles, children lacking both parents, rampant promiscuity – among both gay and straight people, entertainers competing to see who can sell… Read more »