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Religion

Christians against Christian Nationalism

Christian Nationalism

Christianity is more of a historical perspective of a religion than a unified theology, and our democracy is only one form of governance. Trying to separate the concepts of power, dominance, religion, politics, theology, and rationality is impossible because they all converge into social norms. Iran is a simpler form of theocracy, and some claim that the United States is moving in that direction. In the 1920’s America was dominated by isolationism, racism, misogyny, unfettered capitalism, economic inequality, and small government. Today, the same beliefs still function but with different labels....

Public Policy

The Founding of the United States

The Founding of the United States

People love to quote the Constitution and to offer their interpretation and what it does and does not say. It was written by authors who were citizens of that time who carefully skated the issue of slavery. They also lived in a very different world with a very different society than we live in today. We take all the modern conveniences for granted, but they weren’t even dreamed of at that time. The growth of the nation to more than 300 million people also presents new problems not considered by them. They couldn’t even imagine what we have become...,

Politics

Digging Into the Dirt of Politics

Digging Into the Dirt of Politics

Unless you have hundreds of people to show up or flash hundreds of dollars in front of them, I’m not sure how much good these “meet your legislators days” do. The real impact is behind doors rather than in public committees, and in secret, regardless of the public access laws. The old saying about watching sausage being made applies to the legislative process. The GOP in the past decade seems to have become more expert at shuffling things around at the last minute to prevent more public discussion in public sessions....

LGBTQ+

Gay Pride Events in North Carolina

Gay Pride Events in NC

There are 23 Pride Events in North Carolina. The first Pride March started in 1981 in Durham on the East Campus of Duke. Beginning in 2000, Pride Events spread to communities outside the Triangle. Of course, everyone had to take a break during the Pandemic. Gay pride events have been disparaged as just a lot of big parties. The balloons and costumes are our way of expressing joy. We are due a time of celebration. Given the long history of discrimination, public events in which the LGBTQ+ people can meet, are major steps in achieving public acceptance and understanding....

Travel

Lake Junaluska NC

Lake Junaluska NC

Lake Junaluska is only 27 miles from Asheville and close to I-40, so it is easily accessible. It is also close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The lake is comparable to Lake Lure, which also is one of the most scenic areas in the state. Conferences are held year-round, but the summer is the most popular, followed by the fall color season. Several scenic sites and waterfalls are located to the south. It is a convenient location for touring attractions in the surrounding area....

General

Oppenheimer

 Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer won an Oscar as the best picture for 2023. It was popular internationally as well as the United States. Perhaps it is because I have seen so many movies about the bomb that my reaction was jaded. My reaction was just the opposite of the Oscars. I flunked it on what I consider to be basic technical issues. No. 1 - Continuity. The story line was so jumbled that I never knew where I was or when or who the characters were. To me it was just a big jumble, so I gave up after 30 minutes of struggle....