Step right up!

Posted on 25 Nov 2015 at 12:05pm

GOP presidential race NOT the greatest show on earth, but certainly has its share of clowns I have held my tongue regarding the current slate of Republicans running for their party’s presidential nomination. I have held my tongue as I watched more than a dozen “candidates” jockey for position, each trying to move further right [...]

Despite concern from SMU professor, Jeffress is no longer a media darling

Posted on 24 Nov 2015 at 10:05am

An opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News today about our favorite Dallas pastor and Fox News commentator, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church. The article, “SMU religion professor: ‘Hate speech’ coming from First Baptist’s Jeffress will hurt Dallas,” centers on comments by Robert Hunt, director of global theological education at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and the director of its Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies.

‘Hate’ crimes or not, recent attacks are bias crimes

Posted on 20 Nov 2015 at 1:43pm

Of the 12 — or more — attacks on gay men in Oak Lawn since the first of September, only one has been classified as a possible hate crime. That’s because that is the only one of the robberies/assaults in which the victim was able to say definitively that the men who robbed and beat [...]

WATCH: With the help of advertising, gays are (finally) the new normal

Posted on 18 Nov 2015 at 12:30pm

I had an ex-mother-in-law with whom I often sowed family discord by challenging on her ideas about relationships. She claimed to be gay-friendly and supportive of her son (my ex), but I knew it wasn’t in her heart. One time, when the ex and I met her and her husband for lunch in Orlando, Fla., [...]

A brief lesson on sodomy (from your friendly local atheist)

Posted on 17 Nov 2015 at 8:51am

Judeo-Christian principles compel the faithful to accept strangers, to treat them as their own, even if it causes them pain. That is the nature of humanity.

No respect

Posted on 11 Nov 2015 at 10:19am

Late-night brawl in the neighborhood raises questions, concerns Chad Mantooth  |  Special Contributor Respect is earned, not given. This is a thought I had over the weekend after a night out on the town. I go down to the Cedar Springs area often, both for work and for fun. Because of where I work (the [...]

Bad guy for a good cause: Shalom, Rev. Cruz

Posted on 03 Nov 2015 at 11:01am

By Michael Precker  |  Special Contributor I’ve always had mixed feelings about B’nai Zion, the fervently Zionist organization that supports many worthy causes in Israel. On one hand, there’s a long list of projects that benefit from their generosity and hard work, from David Yellin College in Jerusalem to B’nai Zion Medical Center in Haifa [...]

Foodie fear and fact: Stop over-reacting to the WHO report and learn the real lesson

Posted on 27 Oct 2015 at 4:17pm

As the owner of a juice bar, I believe in eating clean healthy foods and think juices are an important part of the process of staying healthy. I hope yesterday’s news served the purpose of making us aware of these types of meats and how high in nitrates and salt they remain. But we shouldn’t go to the extreme and throw out all the foods in our fridge.

Texas offers sledgehammer solution for a thumbtack problem

Posted on 27 Oct 2015 at 10:20am

There is a vote coming up that you may not have heard about: The University Interscholastic League’s legislative council is asking Texas school superintendents to vote on a new policy that if passed, would make Texas one of the most restrictive and unfriendly places for transgender students. The U.I.L. sets rules and eligibility requirements for [...]

Vote for Prop 1 to make Texas schools even worse

Posted on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:27am

A year ago my high school was taken over by the state as a failing school. When I graduated the school had a 95 percent graduation rate with most students continuing to college. That rate had fallen to 80 percent, which made it a failing school.