Now don’t get us wrong. We have a modicum of respect for Albert Brewer, especially since that dirty, racist 1970 George Wallace campaign against his run for governor was recently named Number One on the Most Negative Campaigns of All Time.
But Mr. Brewer’s recent decision to recruit and hire Andrew Westmoreland away from Ouachita Baptist University in Little Rock, Arkansas – even after he admitted lying about praying about taking the job – raises all kinds of questions about religion, ethics, politics and education.
|Photo by Glynn Wilson|
|Speaking of connecting with nature, after a couple of springs of trying we now have blue birds breeding in the backyard. I managed to get a decent shot of one a couple of days ago after returning from the trek to New Orleans.|
Meanwhile, the breaking news this morning that the wife of a charismatic Church of Christ minister slain in Tennessee was arrested and charged with the murder when she turned up in Orange Beach, Alabama, raises even more questions about what’s going on in the so-called “faith-based community.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Can we please stop the religious crusades and jihads and get on with the business of saving the world and savoring life?
If you find yourself saying, “The world has gone crazy,” then think about this. You don’t hear a lot these days about pot smoking, beer drinking, nature loving hippies causing the world a lot of trouble.
What the world needs more of are canoes on top of vans and a reconnection with nature. Alabama native and Harvard scholar E.O. Wilson called it biophilia, and it may be more important to our mental health than any words that could ever be uttered from a pulpit.
So forget the preachers and the religious educators who lie about prayer. It’s beginning to look like a beautiful spring around here, even if it is still a bit cool. Get out of the house and try to enjoy the outdoors.
And if you really feel like you must, say a “thank you” to whichever god you worship. We tend to find more value in the Gia theory, and believe when the founding fathers of our country talked about “natural rights,” they were thinking more about the laws of nature than the laws of Judge Roy Moore’s Old Testament Ten Commandments.
Think about it…
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