Cake Rises Again

Lots of celebration and consternation over the “Narrow ruling” in the Masterpiece Bake Shop case.  To be clear, a narrow ruling or narrow decision doesn’t refer to the number of justices. A unanimous decision can be narrow in the legal sense. The decision is narrow as opposed to sweeping in its implications. The court didn’t strike down any law. They simply said the baker didn’t get a fair deal. The commission that ruled against him … Continue reading

Tu Quoque

Tu quoque. The term sounds like a special ballet move or what a Shakespearean character might say before he dies. In Latin it means, “You too.” Rumor has it that Julius Caesar said, “Tu quoque mi fili” (You too, my son) rather than the question “Et tu Brute?” as Shakespeare has it. If true, Caesar wasn’t surprised at Brutus’ betrayal, he was uttering a prophecy. Caesar might have quoted the beginning of a Greek proverb, … Continue reading

The Worst Sermon

Needless to say, I was away from home on a Sunday. We decided to go to a friend’s church we had attended before. I won’t name the church and details have been altered to stave off embarrassment. But I bet you can guess the denomination. The first thing I noticed how the congregation had dwindled. Where once there were a hundred seats, now the chairs had disappeared from the back. I walked across a sea … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders and The Scandal of Exclusivity

“This is the fundamental problem. Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.” These are the words that made Senator Bernie Sanders vote no on Russell Vought in his confirmation hearing for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. The offending words were from an article Vought wrote for a conservative outlet called the Resurgent. The … Continue reading

There is No Goddess But Gaia…

Last week when President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement, there was a vast hue and cry from progressives worldwide. To us, the clamor sounded like priests and priestesses crying out, “There is no goddess but Gaia, and Progressives are her prophets!” Wikipedia informs us that “In Greek mythology…Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.” Gaia mythology has captured much of the planet today. This … Continue reading

The Art of Deception – Deux

Good deception (by “good,” we mean effective) uses language to guide one’s thinking in a particular direction. Sometimes deception is harmless fun, as in the case of “magic” tricks, surprise parties, harmless pranks, etc. When our son, Lee, was a lad, he and his friend Mike were great “magicians,” enamored with little tricks based on illusion, sleight of hand and/or misdirection – i.e. deception. One of his favorite (and most successful) tricks was called “Cups … Continue reading