Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory – Part 1

In my last post, I railed against conspiracy theorists in general. Luckily (or unluckily), I was handed an Exhibit A to rail against in specifics. Twice within the past two weeks, a two-page tract was distributed to me regarding vaccines. This bothers me because (1) this ridiculous crackpot publication is getting better distribution than thisContinue reading “Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory – Part 1”

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It’s a conspiracy!

Growing up, the alternative kids were a refreshing, if sour, addition to the adolescent stew that simmered over the course of the high school and college years. On a larger scale, the counterculture ambassadors of the past several generations, the hippies and the punks, have made invaluable contributions to all aspects of society, from philosophyContinue reading “It’s a conspiracy!”

Everyone’s Special … in Their Own Way

We struggle with labels all the time. Wars are fought over them. Identities are forged with their assistance. We cannot lose sight that behind those labels, that people are people, and deserve to be honored (or dishonored) individually. We all have our own contributions to make.

Behind the Baptismal Curtain: Children of the Corn-secration, Part II

People “of God” are no different than the rest of us. They simply chose a profession that claims to be aligned with higher ideals. This association with the divine can become its own burden and lead to even greater failings.

The South’s Anti-Asian Problem

It’s kind of unconscionable that my childhood awareness of the largest and by far most populous continent in the world, and the ancient cultural traditions it carries, was essentially a hunk of brightly painted concrete on Gallatin Road in Madison, Tennessee, that housed an earnest, but not culturally all-encompassing, Chinese restaurant.

The South’s Anti-Asian Problem

Part 1 – The Race Paradigm Last week, the nation was stunned by a series of murders in the Atlanta area. A young man targeted three massage establishments and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women. It is not my practice to become engaged in the particulars of these crimes, and I haveContinue reading “The South’s Anti-Asian Problem”

Not A Girl, Not Yet a Human

“The women in this family are very strong-minded and have their own opinion, and they wanna do what they wanna do, and as much as I admire that as a guy, being, like, one of two guys in this entire family, it kinda sucks, man.” -Bryan Spears, brother of Britney Spears, responding to questions aboutContinue reading “Not A Girl, Not Yet a Human”