Tag Archives: commentary

What’s left after the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes split? The question of brainwashing

The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes split will soon run out of media attention, but an important question will remain just beneath the surface.

Scientology, Cruise’s religion, is often accused of “brainwashing” its members — and, of course, journalists have speculated that Scientology may have been a central factor in Holmes’ decision to leave.

But is brainwashing real? We should probably address that before the United States’ tensions with Iran cause us to switch mental channels.

Because if brainwashing is for real, then we probably ought to have some mental filters in place to protect ourselves and our loved ones. . . .

Read the entirity of this week’s Strange Days column here.

Jesus on bumperstickers

“Jesus Loves You,” it said in large, fancy type. Then it continued in finer print: “but everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.” Read all of this week’s Strange Days column here.

Truth is stranger: District court says ‘likes’ on Facebook are not protected by the First Amendment

Outrage of the week —

Follow the reasoning here: Because it’s less than a substantive statement, a “like” on Facebook is not protected expression.

Get the full story HERE.

‘We aren’t the world’

… as I’ve watched the recent news from around the globe, I’ve come to an undeniable conclusion: We aren’t the world.

At least we in America aren’t much like the rest of the world, and that’s mostly a good thing.

While we argue about our need to reclaim something we’ve lost, or to add something we’ve never had, only 34 percent of us believe the U.S. is headed in the right direction.

Still, we’re going about the heated discussions in far better ways than other countries.

We have something other countries don’t. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but consider some contrasts….

Read “We aren’t the world.”

‘The dirty, rotten, filthy, stinking rich’

“The rich are a class of clones, an elite cabal of likeminded individuals, an assembly bonded in groupthink, a gaggle of Republican gangsters. Therefore, George Soros isn’t rich.” Read the rest here.

The disconnect between what’s illegal and what’s actually wrong

Unfortunately, many good, decent things to do have become illegal, as noted in my latest Strange Days column.

A new poem and a new essay

Jason W. Johnson is a sharp guy, a wild poet, and a personal friend of mine. Please read his new original poem “Annus Mirabilis” at LiturgicalCredo.

And I’m continuing to file a weekly column, called Strange Days. This week’s dispatch is “Shop or your neighbors will lose their jobs” — call it a strange look at our economic situation.