On December 11th, Robert Nordlander, a household name to anyone who habitually read the opinion pages in the Appleton Post-Crescent, passed away after a lingering illness.
Nordlander was also once a columnist in a publication that I currently write a monthly column for and, some years ago […]
The United States has had a long history with the ugly stains of racial prejudice and institutional discrimination on its collective conscience, particularly against African-Americans
Few of us in the middle class will ever be in a position to understand or empathize with the plight and frustration […]
The public and pundits alike, tend to read too much into the results of a particular election because society has fallen for the romantic notion that the culture can be perfected and social problems can be solved solely through the political process.
From a theological perspective, when […]
I participate in a forum where my local newspaper asks a group of people to comment on an issue the newspaper chooses on a rotating basis. My group of correspondents was asked what should be done about non-citizen children being shipped over our border as “refugees.” I […]
Recently I read a post that stated something I have heard numerous times; “religious convictions have no place in influencing legislation in a secular society.” By the word “secular,” I can’t help wondering if they mean non-ecclesiastical or demonstrably irreligious. While our Founders certainly created a functional […]
Only a few years ago, I never imagined anyone would be opposed to verifying the identity of voters, or that the issue could be so heavily politicized. I would think that any reasonable person should be interested in upholding and improving the integrity of the voting process. […]
Recently, I have seen both pro and con editorial pieces regarding the proposed expansion of educational vouchers in Wisconsin. Those critical of educational vouchers keep emphasizing “accountability.” But allowing anti-choice advocates to determine standards of accountability is like putting the foxes on guard duty in the chicken […]
On Sunday February 9th, 1964, I sat in my small rocking chair in the living room of my family home. An older sister was there, as were my parents, who stopped what they were doing in the kitchen to watch the next performers from the Ed Sullivan […]
Mr. N is well known in my locality, as an atheist who writes letters to the editor, often making rhetorical arguments impugning Christianity. In a recent response to Mr. N’s letter, a friend of Mr. N‘s, we will refer to hereafter as Mr. R, made a statement […]
In the world of cultural semantics, there is probably not a phrase that rings with more pejorative innuendo than the term “fundamentalism.” It should be noted that the term comes with a lot of improper implications, misunderstand and underserved baggage. Fundamentalism is a movement within Christianity that […]
While listening to the radio in my car several days ago, I heard about a new poll where a small majority of people said that there actually is no war on Christmas. Every year the term “War on Christmas“ gets bandied about as we approach the holiday […]
A big pre-Christmas news story was that Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” That happening requires an interpretation. In my estimation, it is one that is an ominous sign for cultural trends. While I’m happy that the Pope was selected […]