first ever A/D hate mail roundup

For an audience the size of mine (not very big), I get a lot of emails from people who are very mad about how I portray disciples of our president and the party that has welcomed him with open arms. To be fair to almost half of the people in this country, it has been…

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what you believe is inconsequential

As is so often is the case, Christian proselytizing and political colonization worked hand-in-hand to whitewash into submission almost two millennia of native culture. One of the more normal but not actually normal things that I remember doing as a kid was stressing about how many people I talked to about Jesus. The guy was…

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we’re moving backwards

You can’t have progress without science, and that seems to be the point. This week, the Republican majority Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow students to tell their teachers “that’s not what my mom said” and not be penalized for it. The bill is called the Student Religious Liberties Act and…

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everything is so much more important than you think

I’ve been getting a lot of text messages lately asking if I’m ok. It’s a funny thing to decide that other people should hear the thoughts that exist in your head. I didn’t ask anyone if I should do this, I just kind of started writing thinking that it would be cool to maybe one…

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the christian entertainment industry shouldn’t exist

The notion that an entertainer is ordained to save souls through their craft is a pedestal on which no man can remain, and one on which they probably weren’t fit to be placed to begin with. As a disclaimer, I spent a minute working in the Christian music industry. Additionally, I have many friends who…

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on stigma and staying afloat

I spent a handful of years as a touring musician. The extent to which I toured was minimal compared to the real ones that have committed to the lifestyle, but nonetheless I made a brief go at it. About halfway through my first tour of any real substance I realized that I hated almost everything…

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jesus didn’t want to be king

The idea that Jesus should be worshiped like a powerful monarch is tired and actually antithetical to everything that he was about. Human beings love having someone or something to worship. It is a way for us to find purpose, a reason to get up in the morning and make it through the day. If…

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beto isn’t punk, he’s just not very relatable

Maybe being cool and being a decent politician are mutually exclusive. If you’ve ever been part of a creative group like a band or artistic project, you probably know that one guy that’s a little different than everyone else. The guy that you look at and think, why is this dude using his time to…

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opinion: nuance matters

All of our disagreements are missing one thing- nuance. What if I were to tell you that I agree with 95% of the stuff you put on your various social media channels? The snarky quips, the political think pieces, the in-depth explanations of why Libertarianism is dystopian bullshit or whatever other really great points you…

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a lifelong obsession with ghosts

I have been haunted for a majority of my life. I’ve talked about it some, but I have mostly just learned to live with the understanding that there are things around me that I can’t understand or control. My first exposure to anything intentionally scary was at a sleepover in elementary school. My friend’s parents…

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