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The Holy Fool

The Holy Fool is a Russian archetype which derives from the idea that a person who truly does what Jesus said must be a fool. Kind of an admirable fool, but a fool nonetheless. It comes from those outrageous things Jesus said like, “Forgive your enemies, give to the poor, and restrict your sex life … Continue reading

What’s Wrong with People?

What’s wrong with people: greed, selfishness, violence, wars, lying, and all the rest, is just the over-the-cliff edge of human nature. For example, it is human nature to take care of yourself, but unacceptable to greedily hoard resources beyond what you could ever need, by any means necessary. It is human nature to defend yourself, … Continue reading

The little devil in Religion 101

All right, all right, I was a bad kid. I’m sorry, all you long-suffering teachers, that I gave you such a hard time. I was bored. I was trying to liven things up a bit. (Those are explanations, not justifications.) I went to Catholic high school on scholarship, like many poor peasants before me. If … Continue reading

Happy Halloween and How is Your Week Going?

Are you dressing up this Halloween? Dressing up is something we humans have been doing for…ever? Way before we started farming anyway. We do it because its FUN. For those purse-lipped Puritans who say Halloween is pagan and should be shunned, I say lighten up and grab any holiday you can. Getting together with loved … Continue reading

Women who stand up for what’s right

How is your week going? Good, I hope. This morning while fighting off a migraine (I won!) I listened to a lecture by Sheik Imam Hossein on Youtube-no, not because I’m a Muslim, but because he has a comforting voice, is rather brilliant and often funny. Oh, and we are both big fans of Jesus … Continue reading

A drunken bum was sleeping on the church lawn…

This is a true story. 🙂 One Sunday, arriving a bit early at church, we saw a bum sleeping right on the front lawn, cap pulled over his face, booze bottles scattered around. We walked past him into church. “We have to say something to that guy,” I told my husband. “He’s sleeping, he probably … Continue reading

Jews and Arabs Refuse to be Enemies

Two days ago I saw a little news blurb about a priest in Palestine who told his Muslim neighbors that “If your mosque is blown up, use our church for your prayers.” This made me smile, this sounds like a real Christian. Today the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies has gone viral with photos of Jews and Arabs…refusing … Continue reading

Who told US leaders: You are lying when you claim to be Christian?

Here’s a riddle: Who wrote this letter to the U.S. government? 1.)  Mahatma Gandhi 2.)  Martin Luther King 3.)  Mother Teresa 4.)  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 5.)  None of the above, Je’, you made it up. “The leaders of arrogance are lying, too. Some of them pretend to be Christian and at times even go to church. … Continue reading

When Communism Works Well

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Sounds fair. I mean, what’s wrong with that? You may recognize that it is Karl Marx’s slogan, and therefore it must be bad, but think: Karl Marx probably said “The baby needs a clean diaper,” at some point in his life and that … Continue reading

The God of Davy Jones

When I was a an atheist, I thought I was the brave one. No false comforts for me! I face extinction stoically, I face the meaninglessness of life like a trooper. I didn’t go as far as many atheists do today and find meaning in life by rubbing my superiority into the faces of believers. … Continue reading