Yearly Archives: 2005

Is Psychology Losing Its Way?

Is Psychology Losing Its Way?

A recent book edited by eminent psychologists Rogers Wright and Nicholas Cummings delivers a stunning indictment of the mental health professions. Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm  documents and critiques the ascent of social activism over … More>

Happy Holyday

Happy Holyday

This Christmas season is just getting stranger as we go.

All over the place people are trying to figure out what to say to each other (“Happy holiday(s),” “Merry Christmas,” “Get out of my way, I want that iPod”) and … More>

Those “First Christmases After”

Those “First Christmases After”

While I cannot say I look forward to Christmas, I celebrate it, even if less enthusiastically as time passes. Perhaps it’s the “bah humbug factor” that comes with fading eyesight and the other vicissitudes of what is, however—at least for … More>

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

Unfortunately, one of the ways I know that Christmas is coming is that I begin to hear stories about some kerfuffle or another regarding religion in the public square. One year it’s a nativity scene, the next it’s a menorah, … More>

Every Judge a God

Every Judge a God

Of the hundreds of articles I’ve written, I’ve never done a piece on the issue of gay adoption. However, I was recently so struck by a particular court case that I feel compelled to weigh in.

Jennifer Roback Morse, a … More>

Becoming Out

Becoming Out

Sheryl Swoopes is arguably the finest female basketball player ever. No, check that, actually there is no argument; as a three-time MVP in the Woman’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and three-time gold medal Olympian, she is the best. So when … More>

Did Jesus Bless Homosexuality?

Did Jesus Bless Homosexuality?

Many gay religionists insist that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality and thus could not have opposed it. Often conservatives counter that He taught against any form of sexual expression other than heterosexual marriage, so He did not need to specify every … More>

Fewer Teachers; More Coaches

Fewer Teachers; More Coaches

America needs fewer teachers and more coaches.

After twenty-three years of schooling, I have seen my fair share of teachers and perhaps the best was my dissertation advisor Dr. John R. Thelin. As would be expected, Dr. Thelin brought to … More>

Conservatives Are Blowing It

Conservatives Are Blowing It

Conservatives are blowing it. In Harriet Miers, George W. Bush designated a nominee to the Supreme Court who, without conservative opposition and digging, particularly by the diligent Wall Street Journal, would almost surely have sailed through Senate confirmation. By all … More>

A Thankful Michael Newdow

A Thankful Michael Newdow

Upon learning that a federal judge issued an order against the Elk Grove (CA) United School District to forbid even the voluntary recitation of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, lawsuit instigator Michael Newdow said this: “A federal judge … More>

Polyamorists Want Rights Too

Polyamorists Want Rights Too

Well I have finally seen it. “Protect Yourself,” the movie, that is. The seven and a half minute condom demonstration video produced by the Montgomery County Public Schools will be shown to all 10th grade students this Spring. I had … More>

A “Foote” Note of History

A “Foote” Note of History

With the arrival of a national holiday, concomitant weekend getaways, and the ceaseless pounding of sensationalistic news headlines, it sadly becomes far too easy to miss the passing of an age. And, in fact, that has just happened when at … More>

It’s the Story, Stupid!

It’s the Story, Stupid!

Summer’s arrival means one thing to Hollywood: money. For decades summer blockbusters have represented both Hollywood’s largest budgets and revenues. Not looking to impress the Academy with thought-provoking scripts or virtuoso acting performances, movie studios offer roller-coasters not Shakespeare-in-the-park.

Perhaps … More>

Three Weeks in a Progressive Swamp

Three Weeks in a Progressive Swamp

Through the first three weeks of May, the Rockridge Institute, a California-based politically progressive think tank, partnered with a coalition of religious organizations to host an online conference on “Values and Building a Movement.” After going to http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org, signing on … More>

The Downing Street Dead End

The Downing Street Dead End

For the American radical left the July 23, 2002 “Iraq: Prime Minister’s Meeting” memorandum, dubbed “The Downing Street Memo,” was the “smoking gun” that convicted President George W. Bush of manipulating intelligence to support his decision to go to war … More>

The Return of the Parents

The Return of the Parents

Students are approaching the final days of this educational year but increasingly parents are heading back to school. While many students will soon be thinking of summer jobs, administrators, teachers and parents will not be getting a break. Controversies involving … More>

Microsoft Thinks Hard

Microsoft Thinks Hard

Washington state, the bill’s supporters were outraged. Failing by one vote in the Senate, the bill’s demise has been blamed on Microsoft’s official neutrality.

Gay rights supporters were livid. Columnist Wayne Besen reacted by suggesting gay activists “…dust off your … More>

Teach Respect?

Teach Respect?

Well, soon schools will be taking another well deserved break from academics and plunge headlong into political advocacy. Yes, Virginia there is a Day of Silence and it is coming to a school near you.

The DOS is an advocacy … More>

Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

Well I have finally seen it. “Protect Yourself,” the movie, that is. The seven and a half minute condom demonstration video produced by the Montgomery County Public Schools will be shown to all 10th grade students this Spring. I had … More>

The Human Kennan

The Human Kennan

A giant of the 20th century died on Thursday, March 17. George F. Kennan lived for 101 years. Many things will be said of Kennan this week: He was a leading thinker of our time, the founding father of containment, … More>

Abstain From Danger

Abstain From Danger

Are abstinence education programs dangerous’ A recent editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News titled “Real Sex Ed for Real Lives” by ACLU staffers Nancy Hopkins and Louise Melling opines, “If the president gets what he asked for, the federal government … More>

Uli with the Uzi and Childlike Faith

Uli with the Uzi and Childlike Faith

arly last summer, I was among a dozen American university professors studying terrorism in Israel. On the Sabbath we took a day off to visit the religious sites in Jerusalem.

Given the terrorist threat, armed security personnel always accompanied us. … More>

Generalissimo Bush

Generalissimo Bush

Effective wartime presidents are generalissimos, commanders-in-chiefs wielding military power to achieve historically monumental strategic ends; visionaries who shape and mold events through bold political and military action. Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s two greatest wartime Presidents, served the … More>

No Name Calling Week Revisited

No Name Calling Week Revisited

Recently I wrote a column criticizing an event known as “No Name Calling Week.” NNCW is an event created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educators Network to address name calling and gay public policy objectives all at once. Since … More>

Principle or Pragmatism?

Principle or Pragmatism?

A little success is a dangerous thing, especially with regard to a political movement fuelled by ideas. Perhaps some sober self-examination at this time of inauguration would be prudent, if only as a healthy antidote to current conservative triumphalism.

Yes, … More>

Teens Listen?

Teens Listen?

In 1988, George Michael won a Grammy award for his album Faith. This disc featured sexually graphic songs, the most controversial being “I Want Your Sex.” Apparently teens were listening to Mr. Michael. That same year, the Centers for Disease … More>