I don’t know how many times I heard my father say, “It is better to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” The first time I heard those words came while I was bragging about my Honor Roll performance in the sixth grade. I didn't know precisely what it meant, but I figured it out quickly…Continue
Ira and George Gershwin had it right in the stage play "Porgy and Bess," which is set in an imaginary town in South Carolina. In the play, Porgy sings "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwin's got it right with that tune as The…Continue
MUSIC YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN!
A friend asked me to find some music for him. He thought that me being a working musician for more than 30 years that I might have an inside handle on certain music. He was right, but my contacts are only good if they're still alive and still have ties to record labels. However, I have an enormous record collection and had the piece he was looking for at my finger tips.…Continue
What is the difference between an assassin, killer or murderer? Without resorting to purposeful nuance and practiced subtlety, the differences are negligible and more often than not rely on degree and perspective to sort out the…Continue
Before tripping lightly over the wagging tongues of Christian apologists and their fathomless chasms of excuses, defenses and, well, apologies, I wanted to define a few terms to set the scale.
First, the word equivocate. To…Continue
I found out long ago that not only does the messenger often end up six feet under, but also more often than not the message goes to the grave along with the unfortunate bearer of bad news. As a journalist, I once covered civil court as a rookie reporter and found that depending upon the point of view the Court…Continue
For me, reviewing a movie based on religious document is much like reporting on any other film. Although I am not a believer in any god, when it comes to movies, of which I happen to be a big fan, I hold no bias artistically speaking. This past week I…Continue
Warning Signs Everywhere
Christianity's reputation is declining especially among young Americans, concludes a study by evangelical Christian researcher, George Barna. Recent research by The Barna Group…Continue
And Then, There's the Bible
Homosexuality has been condemned by religious leaders for centuries. For many, homophobia is a prejudice largely created and sustained by the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Citing the Bible as the ultimate proof-source, many may find that it is not as clear as one might think on the subject.
Essentially, there are seven biblical passages cited by Christians to…Continue
Same Sex Marriage
There is probably no other issue that highlights the Black Church's view of homosexuality than same-sex marriages. A recent Pew study indicated that the Black Church community was more opposed to these marriages…Continue
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Let the Church be Recognized
Talking about homosexuals without mentioning religion is impossible. As with many other subjects, the church unfailingly injects itself into a social…Continue
(The following articles contain graphic information concerning disease and sexual activity. Proceed at your own risk.)
The Looming Specter of AIDS
Bigotry against homosexuals in the black community contributes greatly to the AIDS epidemic. Today, AIDS drifts in and out of the top position as the number one killer of African…
Gays in the Community
In many ways, the discrimination against gays brings about reminders of how whites tried to move away from blacks once segregation brought newly minted Negroes to the neighborhood. The media…Continue
What Does Science Say?
In a famous letter to an American mother, world renowned psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, wrote in 1935: "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is…Continue
In the Closet
"In the closet" means keeping one’s homosexual orientation hidden, often acting as a heterosexual to avoid discovery. At one time in…Continue
Any Community, USA
In the United States, no welcome sign ever hung out for homosexuals, but they have been here since the nation began. Although no one ever said anything about it, homosexuals lived in my…Continue
I wrote this piece as a freelance reporter for a black magazine six years ago. It was in response to homophobia in the black community and the reaction of the black church. Although this article was aimed at a particular audience, I believe what I found can be applied to any group or ethnicity. I wrote this article…Continue
Peering too closely at one's self can be harmful to the framed and mounted picture you have in your mind. Taking stock of my inventory of foibles, I found one in particular that bothered me more than I believed it should. Evidently, I am a licentious and lecherous old man formerly addicted to strip clubs. There, I've…Continue
Notheist—(ˈno,-thē-ˌizt)—A person that believes gods are not relevant. As opposed to an atheist that believes there are no gods, the notheist believes that whether god or gods exist or not is of no importance. To notheists, gods are irrelevant to living and unworthy to…Continue
As a veteran of the Vietnam War era the treatment of former soldiers always was a concern.