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In the racial politics of the United States, I have been involved in a good portion of them that centered on the Civil Rights Movement. During that time, there was great solidarity among all African Americans, although at that time we were designated black or Afro American by the mysterious group that hands racial naming…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Foreigners are not particularly impressed with most Americans' mental abilities and with good reason in some cases. For instance, nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, but even worse 30% of Americans did not know when 9/11 …

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

Medicine, Spiritual Healing and Reality

Giving praise to God for saving a person’s life is one of the most irrational responses to recovery by a seriously ill or injured patient. Not only is it irrational, it is surely insulting and blasphemous to an all-knowing and all-powerful god. The idea that a person can petition God to perform special favors denies that God knows of his children’s needs and by default indicts him for failure to respond to the incantations and the prayers of his…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Book Review: Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer

No Pontius Pilate's Here

In the story of Jesus' crucifixion, Pontius Pilate acted as judge in the trial. Pilate actually lobbied the crowd to spare Jesus' life, but the crowd would not relent. Seeing that the crowd would have its way, Pilate made a great show of washing his…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 12, 2014 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

No One Remembers—A Book Review of The Orangeburg Massacre

by Donald R Barbera

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,

We're finally on our own.

This summer I hear the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 5, 2014 at 7:54am — 4 Comments

Why Are There so Many Denominations

Depending on what source is used, there are between 30,000 and 45,000 Christian denomination worldwide.[1], [2], [3]…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 4, 2014 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Dancing Pigs

 Now, for something different! I wrote this story four years ago for a Dallas magazine because for some reason stripping and strip clubs received a face-lift over the past decade. That was the reason for the following piece. I knew most of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 29, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

What Am I: An Apatheist!

"It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God." Denis Diderot [i]

One of my sons asked me if I was a nonbeliever and of course I asked, "a nonbeliever in what?" I was not trying to be flippant, but there are…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 28, 2014 at 8:26am — 31 Comments

Life and Death: Unreal Expectations

It is with some trepidation that I write this article because the death of a child is probably the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent. The case of Jahi McMath who was declared brain dead after a "routine" tonsillectomy" made headlines after her parents refused to allow doctors to shut down the ventilator keep her…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 23, 2014 at 8:49am — 8 Comments

The Negro Motorist Green Book

Today, most folks wouldn't believe unless they saw it, but “The Negro Motorist Green Book” was a necessity for African Americans traveling around the United States during the Jim Crow era when discrimination against “people of color,” e…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 12, 2014 at 9:20pm — 10 Comments

Violence Revisited

Chickens Come Home to Roost

Note: I wrote this piece in 2010 because of US involvement in constant war. I knew about many of the wars via the movies (World Wars I & II, Korea). I was in the Army during Vietnam and witnessed several other US "interventions since then. This piece is only here because of one paragraph, which I highlighted in red. I will say up front that it took no…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 30, 2013 at 7:24pm — 22 Comments

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism--A Book Review

Most known for his books "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and "Lies Across America," James Loewen tackles a subject that few white and just as many blacks Americans know little about and that is racism in small town America. "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism," is a kick in head for those believing…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 19, 2013 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Book Review--The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White

“The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White," a book written by James Loewen in 1971, is an important look at race in the United States, especially in the Deep South.

You may know of Loewen from his popular "Lies" books including "Lies My Teacher Told Me," "Lies Across America" and "Lies My…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 15, 2013 at 11:55pm — 4 Comments

Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible

Steve Wells' "Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible," is a book-by-book tally of God's killings in the Bible. Reading Wells' book is a gruesome reminder of the Bible's flood of genocide, slaughter, massacres and murder. Wells strings yellow tape around all the crime scenes in the Bible where God's…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 9, 2013 at 11:33pm — 14 Comments

Name That Tune

Boom-shakalockalocka--boom shakalockalocka—ramalama ding dong—fee  fee-fy fy-fo fo fum—na na nana, na na nana hey hey hey—doowahdidhe—sha la la--day o umba day o mambu ji ay o-- Iko iko, iko iko unday Jockomo feeno ah na nay Jockomo feena…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 4, 2013 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

WHY?

President Barack Hussein Obama is an educated man. He is a family man. He was re-elected to a second term. Yet, from his first day in office he has faced an uphill battle. Why? 



As, mentioned he has credentials as good or better than any President and far…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

Go Away! Religious Proselytizing

When it comes to irritants, religious recruiters rank two steps lower than telemarketers on my tolerance scale. Making assumptions about anyone’s spiritual condition is not only presumptuous, but is borderline dangerous, as proselytizers have no way of judging the mental state of those they approach. In a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — 27 Comments

Book Review of "All God's Mistakes"

"All God's Mistakes" by Charles L. Bosk, is an interesting read if for no other reason than the book's title. The book is a piece of research dealing with birth anomalies from the stand point of the bearer of bad news. Speaking of his research, Bosk details the often difficult decisions that confront parents of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 23, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Those Weird and Wacky Preachers

As a former Catholic. Wait a minute. I am still a Catholic. I haven't been excommunicated, my name is still on the parish records in Nashville and no one has come to my door asking for my Catholic card, so, I guess I still am a Catholic, at least for counting membership purposes.

What I have here is a list of those models of decorum--Protestant pastors and all of their wacky and weird shenanigans. I…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 22, 2013 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Have I Lost My Mind? I Like an Evangelical!

When I hear the word evangelical, the hairs on the back of neck start to rise, my blood pressure starts to rise and a sea of anger begins to boil in my throat. However, there is one Evangelical Christian that I like and even admire even though I think his religion daily tries to make progress a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 35 Comments

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