Nero fiddled while Rome burned. While considered only a rumor, the acrid aroma of rosin coming from the US House of Representatives is not. While the economy burns, the Republican led House is fiddling with "birth control."
As much as some men may desire it, becoming octomom is not a goal of today's woman, nor is staying barefoot and pregnant a desired state. Watching the shameful antediluvian political display of men discussing birth control for women would be laughable if not for… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2012 at 10:58am —
With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits for the fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers show the source may be a closer to home.
Without a doubt Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States comprising 75 percent of the population. Christian… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 6, 2012 at 6:00am —
And Brother Eldridge Got Saved
(Donald R Barbera, 1999)
Where are my radical friends?
What happened to their eyes?
The eyes that once saw
unfairness, bias and neglect, now
see only victims, and social burdens.
Lasiks destroyed peripheral vision.
Like Bother Eldridge, they got saved
and the burden has fallen to Jesus.
Sunday morning parades show their
righteousness through… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on December 8, 2011 at 9:35am —
At long last, I have finished my manuscript for "The 80% Solution: Getting Christians to do Right." The Name has changed several times and this may not be it, but all the remains are some small editing needs and footnote corrections. I decided to post an excerp that explains my premise that if their are any problems… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on December 4, 2011 at 8:46am —
Book Review: "You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith"
by David Kinnaman and Aly Hawkins
Proselytizing for Professionals
As a researcher, I've found the Barna Group to be highly professional and focused on making sure the minutiae…
Added by Donald R Barbera on November 15, 2011 at 3:32pm —
When it comes to morals, it seems that Christians never rise above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obs ession passed down by the Catholic Church obviously did not mutate over the centuries, as today Christian leaders remain excessively… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on November 11, 2011 at 3:38pm —
Even a child needs privacy as much as an adult. There are activities in which nearly every child participates that parents may not approve like going to dangerous places, handling harmful items or playing doctor. For a child, these sometimes risky behaviors are nothing more than discovery experiments and as long as nothing goes wrong--harmless.
I attended Catholic School. With the acquisition of God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, not only did I lose my privacy, I picked up another… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on October 2, 2011 at 6:25pm —
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 nay.…
Added by Donald R Barbera on September 29, 2011 at 7:43am —
Christianity has an awesome propaganda machine that regularly pumps out information, misinformation and down right lies, which the media regularly promotes as gospel rather than investing a little critical thought and just a smidgeon of skepticism (default mode for real journalists).
A good example of poor journalism, sloppy work and plain laziness comes in a story picked up by the national media from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. As a research organization, Pew's… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on September 2, 2011 at 10:43pm —
When it comes to morals it seems that Christians never get above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down from the Catholic Church evidently have not mutated over the centuries as Christian leaders remain overly concerned with who's doing who, how they are doing it and if there are any naked people or pictures anywhere near.
To be sure there is a need for watchdog organizations and laws keeping dangerous sexual predators, perverts… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2011 at 11:21am —
When it comes to religion and silliness, nothing surprises me; at least I thought that was the case until a book I read hit me with “the self-authenticating witness of the Holy Spirit.” Say what? That’s right, “the self-authenticating witness of the Holy Spirit.” I thought all the arguments for the existence of God were in my possession, but it seems one slipped past me. Actually, it hadn’t slipped past me, someone thought putting a dress on a pig somehow turned it into a prom date and… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 25, 2011 at 11:30am —
When it comes to things Christian, religious bias runs through nearly every major poll conducted in the United States, whether it comes from Gallup, PEW or the Barna Research Group, the numbers are often misleading, confusing or just plain wrong!
Surveys regarding religious issues are not broken out by faith groups such as Catholics, Methodists or Mormons, instead it is done by subdivisions such as born-again, non-born-again, evangelical, fundamentalist and other… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 18, 2011 at 10:56am —
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 —