These are testing times. For those of us who come from various Christian Evangelical traditions, a divide is brewing. This gives me no real joy, but it is simply a fact. There are (at least) two kinds of Evangelical Christians in America today. This, I believe, is because there are two different versions of Jesus being taught and worshipped at Christian churches and universities.
Over the past few weeks, I have become increasingly aware that we, as a nation, are at a decision point. It is a more fundamental question than just Planned Parenthood, gun violence, Muslims, Syria. However, one central question underlies them all.
How do Republicans help ISIS? Consider: The right wing's fervent defense of the right to buy assault weapons makes the U.S. a sitting duck for random mayhem. Yes, terrorists were able sneak weapons into France, where gun laws are much tougher, but that's because the cops were asleep at the switch. Several earlier plots involving those guys had been foiled. They were on the radar screen and should have been intercepted before they struck. America, by contrast, is a terrorist's paradise -- not because of civil liberties but because of the ease of purchase of military arms. All of the assault weapons purchased for the San Bernardino attack were bought legally. Terrorists getting more assault weapons, committing more random attacks, generating more fear, producing more support for the insane premise that armed Americans might stop such attacks, equals a virtuous circle for the NRA and the GOP.
If Americans want to reach a middle ground where gun violence is less frequent and our Constitutional rights left intact, here are the most common gun perceptions that need to be shot down.
"True massacres" of which Mother Jones -- a source I put much more credit in than Reddit -- says there were four this year. The bottom line with thes...
If hundreds of women were gunning down hundreds of kids in schools, the budget reconciliation bill in Washington this week would include the amendment to defund Planned Parenthood that infringes on a woman's constitutional right to not bear a child and another amendment to infringe on her right to bear arms.
I am all for religious liberty and the freedom to wear whatever you want, including full-metal burka, but the relatives of American-born, Redlands-r...
To the extent that I actually do something on the rare occasions that I find myself on the floor of the Congress I was elected to serve in, it will be to exploit the intense coverage of this event as cover to do something truly heinous like voting for the 60th time to repeal Obamacare or defunding Planned Parenthood (since I am part of the Bullets and Babies Pro-Life Caucus).
This is indeed a mental health problem, but not the psychosis, depression or irrational hatred found in the few individuals who commit these atrocities. It is American Exceptionalism. Grandiosity and paranoia are mental disorders, not political movements.
You think you've had your fill of gun violence? This guy thinks otherwise.
I have one young son and another on the way. It's too late for me to go back on my decision to bring them into this already scary world. But with every new homegrown tragedy, I get closer to making the decision to take them out of our increasingly scary country.
The horrific shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs that left three dead serves as a stark reminder of the grave consequences of inflammatory politic rhetoric and poor legislation.
No -- more guns is NOT the answer. I, like every president of a college, lose sleep over the potential that someone may come to my campus with a purpose of killing a specific individual or a group of people. I take my responsibility to protect the students, faculty and staff seriously.
Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them each week by boldy engaging the public on current events and some of the greater dilemmas of our time.
The two go hand in hand. If we want to see global terrorism decrease, then the fear and anger that causes us to hate an entire religion and people group must decrease. Receiving refugees and forming interfaith friendships would be like a dagger in the heart of ISIS.
We tell pollsters we support sensible gun safety legislation and then we can not be bothered to show up and vote unless President Obama is on the ballot.