Just as the party was seemingly on the precipice of meaningful evolution and change, he's single-handedly transporting it back to its ugly, ark, losing days of ignorance and intolerance.
Does Islam scare you? Does it feel like an aggressive religion is trying to take over the world, subjugate women, persecute the LGBT community, and cut off your hand if you're caught stealing? Well, you've got good reason to be scared -- but not of Islam.
It would be nice to see some real defenders of religious freedom on the Christian right. It would be nice to see the Christian right acknowledge, once and for all, that religious liberty applies to all Americans, not just Christian conservatives in the heartland like Kim Davis.
"The rules apply to everybody, except when they don't." A cursory look at some headlines from last week reveals this to be the new American mantra, a burgeoning sense of individual "exceptionalism" that pulls at the very fabric of fair play.
Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.
Given all the Kim Davis hoopla, I've been thinking about the phrase "traditional marriage," and wondering how the concept of "traditional" is being applied.
Kim Davis, the mockingjay for morons everywhere, is back at work and claiming she will not approve any gay marriage licenses. She says she will not go against her conscience because as a Christian she cannot possibly allow two people who love each other to get married simply because of their gender.
Peter Sollett's Freeheld was, for me, the find of the day -- an intensely emotional film based on a true story that could easily win Julianne Moore her second Oscar in a row (and, perhaps, earn a nomination for the terrific Michael Shannon).
I'm honored and humbled to have been invited to the White House when President Obama welcomes Pope Francis. I'm still shocked that so many people are even interested in my visit.
Let's begin with a qualifier: Us saying the Pope is better for women than Republicans does not mean we think the Pope is some new progressive superhero. He's got 2000 years of dogmatic baggage to contend with.
I truly believe that Mike Huckabee is a genuine Christian, but more than that, he proved himself to also be a grandstanding, insincere politician that is more concerned about pandering than following the law or the constitution. Mike Huckabee showed himself to have more in common with the Rev Al Sharpton in this regard.
An intersectional look into the Sanders campaign's core issues undoubtedly sets him apart as an optimal candidate for the wellbeing of LGBTQ Americans. Despite stereotypes about affluence in the LGBTQ community, class issues disproportionately affect the demographic.
It may be 2015, but in many ways when it comes to race, religion, gender and sex it feels like the '50's.
Today's topics include: Colbert's Debut on The Late Show; Christian Sharia Law on the March; Shep Smith for the Win; Sarah Palin's Incoherent Iran Speech; Huckabee Says Dred Scott is Still the Law of the Land.
I just want to "put out there" (again) that for all the hype, drama and analysis sparked by the political dimension of this controversy there is also a personal/pastoral dimension that is easy to overlook.
It's about people who think they are above the law and who use their religion to justify breaking the law. It's about people who think that their personal religious beliefs are more "special" than everyone else's and supersede the laws of the land. And that's not what America is about.