Abortion, Restaurant Shooting, No. Korea, LBGT

Sometimes there are so many things going on in the world, it’s difficult to focus on just one. So I’ve decided to temporarily abandon my usual singular subject post and cover a multitude of topics.

Repeal of Abortion Ban in Ireland

The women are celebrating … the Christians are complaining.

I’ve written before on this very touchy subject so I won’t go into a long, drawn-out commentary except to say I’m thrilled the vote went the way it did. It’s way past time to overturn antiquated laws that deny women’s rights. Go women of Ireland!

Shooting in Oklahoma Restaurant 

The NRA folks are just giddy that “good guys” with guns stepped in at an Oklahoma restaurant shooting. Yippee! Hooray! Justification for not only owning a gun, but running to get it out of the car and shooting the bad guy. Yet they have little to say when someone walks into a school with an assault rifle in their immediate possession and kills innocent children and young people!

There’s something else that’s disturbing about this story. One news source reported the incident as follows: “A man who believed he had been under demonic attacks drove to an Oklahoma restaurant and indiscriminately fired at a crowd.” Did you notice the most important words in this sentence? What do those words tell you about the attacker?

Meeting with No. Korea

There’s not much to say about this except that I truly hope it doesn’t take place. As many of you recognize, our president is NOT the Great Negotiator he thinks he is. Further, his primary goal is not to reach any kind of peace agreement with Kim Jong-un, but to enhance his own ego for (finally) accomplishing something notable as POTUS. (Side note: Several in his administration disagree with his decision to go forward, but of course tRumpsky knows best!)

Supreme Court Decision on Discrimination

It seems a decision is forthcoming on the “wedding cake” fiasco. The matter of general discrimination against LGBT people is still being discussed.  The latter is the all-important one as it determines whether businesses can avoid complying with anti-discrimination measures in serving customers, hiring and firing employees, providing health care, and placing children with foster or adoptive parents simply based on religious objections.

To those of us who have strong feelings related to the imposition of religion into the general population, it’s simply unfathomable that human beings (of which we all are) can be denied certain things simply because they don’t fit the parameters of the Christian faith.


OK — I’ve said my piece. The floor is open.

Is Satan Real?

Off and on in my wanderings through the blogosphere, I’ve come across comments related to SATAN and his role in Christianity.  Based on the extensive research I did for my book, I’ve discovered many (if not most) people have incorrect perceptions about this “evil entity.” So, as a “public service” 🙂 , I decided to clear the air and share what I learned.

But before I do, I would like input from everyone who reads this post — especially Christians (whether active or lapsed) — to give me your view of SATAN.

  • Is he a rebellious, fallen angel?
  • Was he originally created by Yahweh?
  • Is he presently at war with God?
  • Was he embodied in the serpent?
  • How much power does he have?
  • Does he have demons to assist him in his “work?”
  • Is he able to “possess” people and make them do crazy and weird things?

Please don’t limit yourself to just these examples. If you see SATAN in some other way, don’t hesitate to share your viewpoint.

Then, I’d like you to go a step further …

WHY do you believe what you do? Can you back it up with scripture? Or are your beliefs simply a result of Sunday School teachings? Or perhaps your ideas are based on things you heard growing up? Even if you don’t believe he exists, what have you heard/read/been taught about him?

After I get input from as many people as possible, I’ll write a post and share what I learned in my research.

P.S. Please do not include anything you may have read in my book about SATAN as this information will be shared in a follow-up post. What I’m seeking is how you saw him before you read the book. Thanks!