Note: This combines into one post ideas that I have been developing in several proceeding posts. The Republican Party is no longer a vehicle for political conservativism. The Republican Party is, instead, an organ of fascism. I will now back up this assertion in great detail. Ambrose Bierce pithily defined a conservative as “a statesman […]

So, just as many on the supposed American Left did after George W. Bush invaded Iraq and implemented schemes of torture upon innocent civilians, folks are back to citing the Bible for purposes of trying to shame those who hold it sacred. I am, of course, referring to the current wave of opposition to the […]

As you have no doubt read, Ireland’s population recently voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion. The island that once upon a time was the largest source of Catholic priests in the United States, the very symbol of Catholic perseverance against oppression and poverty, rejected the teachings of Holy Mother Church and embraced the full personhood of […]

We like to mark the moments of great paradigm shift, to make them singular occurrences sui generis, moments of brilliance that changed our perspective forever. For example, when it comes to the heliocentric model of the solar system, we laud Nicholas Copernicus and Galileo Galilei as the heralds of our new way of understanding the […]

So I am currently reading Två systrar(Two Sisters) by Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad, a book about a Somali-Norwegian family torn apart when the eldest daughters leave to join ISIS in Syria. It’s a heart-wrenching tale, especially as the father tries to follow them and bring them back, only to be captured by ISIS and nearly […]

In recent years, so-called “pro-life” groups have tried to redefine fetuses as “pre-born individuals,” imbuing them with the same legal rights as “post-born” (I guess?) humans, a move that would essentially redefine abortion as murder, outright. I am thinking about this fact because, last week, I subjected myself to the movie God’s Not Dead: A Light […]

In some capacity or another, I have worked as a professional writer/editor for something like twenty years. I have published short stories and one terrible novel, worked as a freelancer for a weekly newspaper, done a lot of freelance editing, written scores and scores of book and film/TV reviews, had a screenplay optioned once, helped […]