The Plight of the Palestinians


In the 1st Century CE, the Romans destroyed the second temple and purged all Jews from ancient Israel. The final battle was at Masada, wherein the final remnants of Jewish leadership perished by suicide just before the Romans breached the walls of the fortification. It was not until the 20th Century that the Jews began to return in significant numbers in response to the Nazi threats.

The Republican Party is Everything Wrong with America


THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH AMERICA There was a time when Republicans were decent people, drawn from the mainstream, who loved their country and believed in the American Dream for all people. Those days are now long gone. The Republican Party has become the party of obstruction, the party of bitter and unremittingContinue reading “The Republican Party is Everything Wrong with America”

A Watershed Moment That Goes Far Beyond LGBT Issues


June 26, 2015 is a date that will go down in history. On this date the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage across the whole country. This is a great victory for the LGBT community. But even more, it is a watershed moment in the campaign for religious liberty. This decision representsContinue reading “A Watershed Moment That Goes Far Beyond LGBT Issues”

The Litmus Test for Public Office


The litmus test for public office should include one simple concept, namely the belief in evolution.  We live in an age where the denial of scientific fact is rampant.  We live in an age when Republicans do not seem to believe in science at all.  They do not believe in evolution, global warming, stem cellContinue reading “The Litmus Test for Public Office”

Rachel Held Evans — Shedding light on “Biblical” Values


I wanted to share with you a statement by the blogger Rachel Held Evans.  I love her way of reading scripture.  Her blog can be found at http://www.rachelheldevans.com and is well worth checking out. As an evangelical Christian, Rachel has shown light on some of the more ridiculous claims of fundamentalism.  Particularly, she has shown veryContinue reading “Rachel Held Evans — Shedding light on “Biblical” Values”

Churches, Politics and 501(c)(3) Status


Churches and other non-profit organizations organized as IRC 501(c)(3) organizations are forbidden to support or oppose political candidates, to involve themselves in legislative issues, or to support or oppose ballot initiatives.  And yet this very clear demarcation in the law often goes ignored with impunity.  Some churches appear to operate as national political parties inContinue reading “Churches, Politics and 501(c)(3) Status”

Same Sex Marriage


Below is a comment that I posted to a Roman Catholic blogger and legislator, Rebecca Hamilton, who opposes same-sex marriage.  Her blog site can be found at PublicCatholic.com. Rebecca, There are a number of reasons that I will disagree with you profoundly. 1) My wife and I married when we were both in our lateContinue reading “Same Sex Marriage”

The American Heritage of Religious Dissent


Conservative Christians, especially those of the biblical fundamentalist variety, will tell us that America is a theocracy under their God’s rule.  They will tell us that America is a Christian nation, born of a divine covenant. They will attempt to use government and civil authority to compel us to live according to their God’s design.Continue reading “The American Heritage of Religious Dissent”

Pentacost and The Global Village


United Church of Cloverdale Sermon: Acts 2:1-21 05/23/2010 Greg Bentall It was nightfall in the village but the temperature was still very hot.  My hosts asked me if I wanted hot water for my shower, but I declined. Agua fria, por favor.  Hay mucho calor. I explained in my very rudimentary Spanish.  The village ofContinue reading “Pentacost and The Global Village”

John Calvin and the American Experiment in Democracy


United Church of Cloverdale Sermon: The Theology of Liberation Amos 2: 6-8 07/04/10 Greg Bentall Before there was a Thomas Jefferson, before there was a Jean-Jacques Rousseau, before there was a John Locke, there was John Calvin.  John Calvin, the progenitor of the Reformed Tradition, of which we are a part, first propounded the modernContinue reading “John Calvin and the American Experiment in Democracy”