When Jesus Abandoned His Slightly Hippie-ish Ways and Became a Full-Fledged Young White Republican: Part I

Something was stirring in America’s white, Protestant churches back in the 1970’s. A movement was afoot — one that would eventually influence, directly or indirectly, nearly everything that’s happened in this country since. It would eventually result in a near-perfect marriage of religion and conservative politics, and would touch nearly every corner of domestic and foreign policy, from labor unions to reproductive rights to marriage equality, gun control, energy policy — even foreign policy and war. It would also shape and refine a particular image of God, one that is angrier, less tolerant, and more totalitarian than other conceptions. As a kid at the time, I had no idea any of this was occurring, or that I would come to experience a part of this movement directly.  Continue reading When Jesus Abandoned His Slightly Hippie-ish Ways and Became a Full-Fledged Young White Republican: Part I

Reflections on a Year of Blogging

Well, it was just over one year ago that I began this blog, publishing my first-ever post entitled “On Rainbows and Shadows,” an opinion piece about marriage equality published in the wake of last year’s historic Supreme Court decision. In it, I spoke of my experience growing up in the rural midwest in the 1970’s and ’80’s, how it shaped my early views of homosexuality, and how those views came to evolve over time. It was surprisingly well received, going “mini-viral,” and getting picked up by Idaho’s largest newspaper, the Idaho Statesman, where it ran as a guest opinion in the Sunday edition. Continue reading Reflections on a Year of Blogging