Ross Bishop

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Gun Violence

The facts are that wherever guns have been banned the number of homicides and suicides drop markedly. Where guns are legal, homicide and suicide rates are higher – a lot higher, supporting the premise that although guns do not kill people, they do make it a great deal easier.
POSTED ON: June 15, 2016, 10:50 am BY Ross Bishop

People With Mental Problems

As the nation expresses its shock and grief over another school shooting, another group of people, although terribly saddened, will tell you that they are not surprised. Actually they are relieved that this sort of thing does not happen more often.
POSTED ON: June 10, 2014, 11:45 am BY Ross Bishop

The Gospel of Greed

Economic inequality is getting worse in America every day. People are working harder and harder and making less, jobs continue to go overseas and structural unemployment remains high. Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” confirmed what we already felt, that america is well into its second “Gilded Age” where the divide between the wealthy and the rest of us makes the Grand Canyon look like a New Mexico creekbed.
POSTED ON: September 6, 2016, 9:45 am BY Ross Bishop

Irenaus

In the early part of the second century, Irenaus, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, had his hands full. Christians were being tortured and fed to the lions. The faithful had been scattered to the four winds by the violent Roman reprisals to the Jewish revolt of 66 AD. Jerusalem had been sacked, Solomon’s Temple destroyed and the Jews, amongst them many early Christians, were being hunted down and exterminated, sometimes whole villages at a time. James had been stoned in Jerusalem, Paul had been beheaded and Peter had been crucified.
POSTED ON: March 16, 2016, 4:20 pm BY Ross Bishop

Dealing With Crime

OK, so someone harms another – steals their property or harms their person. That’s not OK, and cannot go unaddressed. But it’s the next series of steps that gets us into trouble. We go through all this falderal to prove these people are guilty and then throw them into prison, as though that were a solution to the problem.
POSTED ON: November 11, 2015, 10:30 am BY Ross Bishop

When Did God Become A Fundamentalist? Part I

The emergence of conservative religious fundamentalism into the political arena is a subject that has brought everything from joy to concern and consternation to many people. Having stood in the background for years while the political and scientific establishments turned a deaf ear toward spiritual beliefs and built a godless bureaucracy, religious conservatives, seeing a resurgence of religious attitudes, undertook a massive organizational effort to mobilize like-minded voters. Having developed an active and successful program, the fear generated by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 added considerable support to their efforts.
POSTED ON: June 7, 2016, 6:55 am BY Ross Bishop