Political Correctness v Blasphemy Laws

"To learn who rules over you, simply learn who you are not allowed to criticize." - Voltaire1 ***CONTENT WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES*** I have always understood members of the LGBTQ community have endured hostile and unjust treatment throughout history. I grew up in an era when it was common for kids in school to name-call using … Continue reading Political Correctness v Blasphemy Laws

Are Animals Equal to Humans?

Growing up in a rural community, I had the privilege of learning how to care for animals, whether it was on my own farm or someone else's. While I have a small amount of experience with livestock like cattle and pigs, I owned a couple dogs and raised some rabbits of my own. I often … Continue reading Are Animals Equal to Humans?

My Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

I remember when I was around 10 years old, my friends and I walked around town during recess one time. One of my buddies at the time led the group to a small culvert along the railway tracks where he hid a Playboy magazine to show everyone. Clearly this wasn't the first time the guys … Continue reading My Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

There Are No Safe Spaces

Sixteen years ago I remember when I was about to catch the bus to school, and the television was on when I had heard the breaking news for the first time. It had been recently announced that one of the towers of the World Trade Center was struck by a passenger aircraft. My parents and … Continue reading There Are No Safe Spaces

What is Truth?

"If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations VI: 21 In my adolescence, I used to question my … Continue reading What is Truth?

My Thoughts About Christian Persecution

"For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." - Ephesians 6:12 RSV I remember in my youth, I was told by many pastors, mentors, youth group and camp counselors … Continue reading My Thoughts About Christian Persecution