Picking a starting point when writing about so many despicable characters is difficult and maybe impossible, especially when the subjects normally rank among the good guys--preachers. For years preachers, ministers and pastors ranked among the most trusted individuals in the United States, but the scandal in the Catholic Church with priestly pedophiles changed much of that perception.
During that time, Protestant churches avoided that kind of unrelenting scrutiny and for a variety of… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 21, 2011 at 8:58pm —
This will not be my regular disecting of religion or one of its representatives, but it did come about because of comments from the sisters of a preacher about to be married. If you are about to become a traditional bride, you might not want to read any further because what follows is neither purity white nor blessed in heaven. "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," a show about purchasing the dream dress for you wedding dominated the television screen for two-hours, while I… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 15, 2011 at 10:52pm —
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus called President Obama on the carpet over the astronomical rates of unemployment in the African American community. The rates of unemployment in the black community is double that of the white community and if taken by city, it reaches nearly 30%, a number that escaped the record books. As a political move for the home folks--brilliant, but as a risky, back against the wall gutsy move--nada!
The Black Caucus is made up of black politicians… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 9, 2011 at 7:01pm —
Despite being 11 years into the 21st century, in the United States the train of ignorance rolls on and shows no signs of slowing down. Before, I start in on this rant (yes, it is a rant) I must admit that I am highly disgusted by the colossal amount of misinformation the black church passes along. I am incensed by the ignorance it encourages and more importantly, I am frightened by the amount of, what else can I call it, bullshit the community actually… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 24, 2011 at 10:30pm —
Rummaging through my reconstructed disk drive I found a bunch of stuff I thought lost forever. I got it all back and then some. I won't linger. Here's a poem I wrote in 1999. Nuff said.
Reduction in Force
Donald R Barbera, 1999
Your attendance has been abysmal. Your attitude leaves a lot to be desired.
Your work habits have been at best inept. You’re lucky you… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 21, 2011 at 2:40pm —
Christian belief in spiritual warfare obliterates the concept of an all-powerful God by implying the possibility of loss; otherwise omnipotence renders the idea of a protracted battle moot. The insistence upon supernatural warfare is not only improbable, but taken to its literal conclusion raises embarrassing questions about the nature of the opponent in the invisible war of good and evil.
Spiritual warfare at once puts Satan on equal footing with God otherwise it could not exist… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 19, 2011 at 10:46pm —
My alternate title for this piece was "You Don't Know Jack," but it would be such a reach, so, I said it plainly. Occasionally, a Christian or two chooses to debate me about the Bible and of course I leave them asking themselves why they chose me to debate. It is not that I am a great debater, rather, it is that they know so little about the Bible. As long as we speak of the Bible itself as far as content, they manage to hang in until the discrepancies, autocratic behaviors, sexism… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 19, 2011 at 8:46am —
This one has been kicking around in the back of my skull for nearly a year. I thought it would slip away like other stupid issues, but this one one kept coming back as I found it repeated at other locations. Finally, I felt it necessary to at least rebut the wet-dreams of a Catholic idiot.
As a newspaper reporter I developed the terse style… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on May 18, 2011 at 10:10am —
A few weeks ago I got a message from a friend after I suggested a website for them to visit to gather information. Later that day as I’m going through my mail I see that my friend replied to my suggestion with a brief note saying “I am a Christian and I cannot go to an atheist website.” I sat there flabbergasted wondering what happened between my suggestion and this note, thinking to myself “What does that have to do with the price of tea in… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2011 at 7:11am —
For the longest, Christians felts free to say the most horrible things about atheists, agnostics an other nonbelievers, but books by prominent atheist writers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Chris Hedges caught religionist off guard and became international best-sellers. It seems many Christians have thin skin when it comes to taking the criticism about their religion despite their expertise denigrating others.
Christian religionist regularly disparaged atheists and… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2011 at 6:00pm —
By Don R Barbera, 4/8/2011
For an atheist to get through to nearly any Christian requires the moon to be in the seventh house and the alignment of Jupiter and Mars, but if there is anything that might give some cause to think; it is Donald R. Wright's book "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go." Part autobiography, part expose, "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go," is a book about the author's search for truth and enlightenment in the Bible… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 8, 2011 at 11:30am —
Normally, I tend to be easy going, relaxed and even laid-back, but when the time comes for sucking it up, moving out with determination and purpose or lending a helping hand—I get the job done. I ask no to do it for me, although I might ask for help—once. This morning I received a chain email prayer for the President. I voted for Barack Obama and personally, I like the man even if I don’t agree with everything he does, but… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 5, 2011 at 11:30am —
One does not easily go against the grain in the black community without risking serious repercussions and penalties, including excommunication from blackness.
Within the African-American community, often ones 'blackness' has nothing to do with ones blood connections but on ones adherence to popular group thought. This form of tribalism turns the African-American community into a monolithic presence that thwarts progress by painting individuals… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 31, 2011 at 11:30am —
I have cancer. I wrestled with chemotherapy for six months then stopped treatment to gather my health. I mention this to tell a story that is related to my cancer. To keep my veins from collapsing during my treatment, a doctor placed a PowerPort on a large blood vessel just under my skin to allow treatment through the port. The surgery takes about 20 minutes. Before they put me under, the doctor asked if I minded if they prayed for me. Without hesitation I said that I didn't mind. After that,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 24, 2011 at 12:14am —
Dear Mr. Commissioner:
Recently, Buffalo Bills wideout Stevie Johnson dropped a game winning pass in the end-zone against the Pittsburg Steelers. After the game, Johnson was naturally disappointed in his game-losing drop and in his misery blamed God as the culprit behind his board like hands. Aghast at such an outrageous accusation, the media demanded an unnecessary apology from Johnson.
Johnson is just one of the many NFL athletes that sky point after a score to praise God for… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 14, 2011 at 11:59am —
Fresh blood has a coppery scent that sticks in your memory like thick red syrup. My father was a doctor and I often went with him to the emergency room where he treated everything from sick babies to high school drunks, but that night was nothing I had ever seen before. I walked into an emergency room soaked with blood. The metallic smell was overwhelming, but did not compare with the blood that seemed to cover everything. My dad disappeared behind operating room doors, as I stood… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 27, 2011 at 9:20pm —
Starting today I will petition Congress to ban sexual intercourse of any type unless for the express purpose of procreation. Oral, anal or anything but missionary style sex with the male dominant will be punishable by torture and maiming. Any enjoyment, pleasure or fun while procreating will be expressly forbidden as will rousing climaxes or especially pleasing release.
Henceforth use of prophylactics and all forms of birth control including early withdrawal or swallowing are… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 18, 2011 at 8:34pm —
I said I was out of the politics game. I told my friends I would not write another word about people that care so little for freedom. I even took the suggestion of my doctor to take the stress off and let America go to He'll in a hand basket. Well, I have one more left in me and then I put in the hands of the young because if I live to be a hundred, I am get g short on years. So, here it is!
This weekend, if you live anywhere close to Wisconsin get off your duff and go there--Madison… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2011 at 5:16pm —
By now, news of the President's budget proposal surely reached your eyes or ears. For many, the proposed cuts that project to reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over ten years is a case of robbing the poor to give to the rich. On the other hand some say the President's reductions fall short and suggest the cuts go deeper.
Starting with the largest item not going under the knife, the military rocks the budget (54%) with $1,449 billion. Yet, it shows as only 20% of the budget, but a… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 16, 2011 at 8:24pm —
In its ongoing romance with the inane, insipid and ignorant, the Religious Right represents the Mariana Trench of junk science in its spurious misrepresentation of the reality of global warming. It is another round of religion versus science that the former is destined to loose, but undoing the damage caused by the deliberately duplicitous rantings of the Religious Right may go beyond the failsafe point.
Positions taken by the Religious Right clearly reveal the biblical agenda behind… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 13, 2011 at 11:20pm —