Category Archives: Politics

What a Week

(My weekly church blogpost shared here, as our church website is in transition) Remind me not to take vacation during the last week in June ever again. I remember watching the Phil Donahue Show one summer in late June as a … Continue reading

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Right to Religious Freedom? Yes. Right to run a business according to your faith? Not necessarily.

Our nation’s commitment to the free exercise of religion is unwavering. Religious organizations are tax-exempt, and gifts to religious organizations are tax deductible, lest the tax code be seen as a burden to the free exercise of religion. Americans are free to … Continue reading

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Just how are gun owners, and the NRA, oppressed?

Gun owners, NRA members, please help me out. I’m having a hard time understanding something. At the NRA’s news conference yesterday, Wayne LaPierre characterized gun advocates and gun owners as victimized by a liberal media, as an oppressed segment of … Continue reading

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Morning Prayer Following the Elections

Tomorrow at my congregation, Grace Lutheran on the East Side of Saint Paul, we will gather to pray for our state and nation following the elections. Please join us – in person, or in spirit. Morning Prayer On the Occasion of … Continue reading

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I got a MN drivers license – and voted – without any proof of living here

But Voter ID is a bad fix to a legitimate problem. Shortly after moving to Minnesota last August, I got a drivers license and registered to vote without ever showing any proof of residency. I didn't have to present a … Continue reading

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Celebrating our Enemy’s Defeat

I don’t believe that most Americans were celebrating bin Laden’s death. I believe that most of us were celebrating his defeat.
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Bustin’ Unions, or Bustin’ Faith? Why Diana Butler Bass is wrong about Scott Walker

I'm a bit shocked that Diana Butler Bass makes an unfair and unwarranted attack on Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, assulting the supposed role of his faith in his confrontation with state Senate Democrats and the government employee unions. If … Continue reading

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