Sam Harris, Reza Aslan and Hiding the Ball

There’s a new volley in the ongoing feud between Sam Harris and people who question his crusade against Islam. During a discussion at the Harvard Science Center, Harris made the claim that Muslim violence is different than...

O, Columbus…

Because in some parts of our country it’s still Columbus Day and because so few of us really understand what Columbus (Christobal Colon) did, I offer this fictional re-imagination of the events of his landing...

Me-attitudes, Civil Liabilities, and Guns

Clearly visible and viscerally felt at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference held in Chicago were polarized factions within the Gun Rights movement. There are those within the movement who have been decried as traitors and...

Borders Part 2: Wiggle Room

I often find myself asking people how the teachings of Christ can be reconciled with some of the attitudes of more vocal members of our society about immigrants (among other groups). One classic answer I received...

Sixteen Things

A while back there was this meme-thingie on the Interwebs in which you tagged someone and asked them to tell 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about themselves. I came across my list o’...

You Keep Your Card: DREAMers Meet King

(This article was also published on DailyKOS). Public policy has personal consequences and it concerns me that an elected official of my country doesn’t seem to realize that. Rather, King sees a dichotomy between doing “individual...

It’s Not Real — Perceptions and Reality

Today’s post was prompted by this story out of Ohio: Police fatally shoot man holding an air rifle in Walmart. His last words were “It’s not real.” Ironic, because while the gun he was carrying (in...

Alex’s Mom and Proud of It

Okay, I have to squeee. My firstborn—son extraordinaire, Alex Sumner Bohnhoff—has gotten his first teaching post at Graham Middle School in Mountain View. He will be teaching science to bright young seventh and eighth graders,...

Borders Part 1: Suffer the Little Children

Go to any article, news story or blog discussing the immigration issue and/or the current refugee crisis on our southern border (they’re often conflated), and you will find phrases like the ones below. These are...

Telephone, Politics and Message Morph

Remember that old game we used to play in grade school called Telephone? A sentence passed from lips to ear down a line of people comes out on the other end in a significantly different...