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Will Betsy DeVos End Public Education?

Earlier this week I noticed a Facebook post from Lee McAden Robinson. Lee is the elder sister of Fitz McAden, who edits this blog. I’ve known them both all my life. Lee’s post had the catchy caption, “This woman is the devil incarnate” above a picture of our Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. I commented ...

6 mins

Revisiting Patriotism after the 4th of July 2020

I’ve spoken about patriotism in two past sermons that coincided with the Fourth of July, one five years ago and the other the next year. Here are links to both, which were delivered at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Newport, RI:   https://thequixoticdeacon.com/sermon/christian-patriotism-originally-july-5th-2015/   https://thequixoticdeacon.com/sermon/christian-patriotism-part-two-originally-july-5-2016/   Because we’ve experienced so much social ...

7 mins

Fight Back or Give Up?

  On Saturday May 9, I was writing in my journal about depression. No, not about clinical depression. Rather, about the gnawing depression caused by  contemplating the future of our country if we don’t vote out Republicans in November. Each day’s news brings more evidence of what’s at stake as long as Republicans hold power ...

5 mins

Is the Roman Catholic Right More Dangerous than the WEC’s?

A good deal has been written about the Christian Right and its support for and influence on Donald Trump. In fact, I have written about it on several occasions. For example:    https://thequixoticdeacon.com/general/do-you-know-what-a-wec-is/   Remember my shorthand term for these people? WECs or White Evangelical Christians. They are led by the Franklin Grahams and Jerry ...

7 mins

South Carolina, Please Secede

  Both my editor, Fitz McAden, and I grew up as proud sons of South Carolina. I remember Fitz’s father, Jim, taking us to the state capitol to visit the governor’s office when we were small boys. The same day, we posed for a snapshot beneath a statue of George Washington on the capitol grounds. ...

5 mins

Phoenix-like, The Quixotic Deacon Returns

My October Fun   About a month ago, I had back surgery at Tufts Medical Center. I’d been warned repeatedly that this was “major surgery” and that recovery would be long. But I didn’t really need to be warned because my dear sister Gracie underwent similar surgery in June and I’d watched her recovery. So ...

7 mins

Thoughts on Warming

God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise… At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.     Eucharistic Prayer C, 1979 Book of Common Prayer   The ...

6 mins

This Isn’t Who We Are…………………Or is it?

“This isn’t who we are.” This morning I heard those five words spoken by someone I respect — Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post — about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.    I wanted to jump through the TV and slap him. Let me explain. It will take a minute, so bear ...

6 mins

Apocalypse Now – Manifesto #4

This morning I re-read a wonderful little book entitled Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest.  I first read it on the recommendation of one of my sisters, who isn’t conventionally religious. I suspect it interested her because it doesn’t just speak to Christians, but to anyone who lives life thoughtfully. In a chapter ...

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The Drums of War II

  Almost two years ago, I posted a blog entitled “The Drums of War.” (The piece, dated Aug. 14, 2017, is in this site’s Archives.) I fretted then about the building sentiment for war with North Korea. This was before Trump fell in love with the mass murderer who leads that country. Happily, my fears ...

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