There is a religious test for high office and here it is

Sam Smith, 2008 - We are once again being treated to that remarkably self-serving and hypocritical myth that there should be no religious test for high office. For one thing, it's a lie: if you aren't religious, you don't get high office. For another thing, if you are religious, you spend a good deal of … Continue reading There is a religious test for high office and here it is

Hoarding my mazuzah

SAM SMITH - According to the Washington Jewish Week, "That signature piece of Judaica is a fixture (literally and figuratively) on doorposts almost anywhere there are Jews. But in some isolated communities where the Jewish population is shrinking and scribes are becoming an endangered species, the supply of mezuzot is dwindling as well, and that's … Continue reading Hoarding my mazuzah

Seventh Day Agnostics arise; you have nothing to lose but your stereotype

Sam Smith, 2007 - As far as the government and the media are concerned, the world's fourth largest belief system doesn't exist. By one count, in number of adherents it's behind Christianity, Islam and Buddhism but ahead of Hinduism. Globally it's 85% the size of Catholicism and in America just a little smaller than Episcopalians, … Continue reading Seventh Day Agnostics arise; you have nothing to lose but your stereotype

What the Christian right forgets about the Bible

Sam Smith - Our text for today is found in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel. When Samuel got old he appointed his sons as judges over Israel. As so often occurs with nepotism this didn't work out: the offspring taking dishonest gain and bribes and perverting justice. So the elders of Israel paid a … Continue reading What the Christian right forgets about the Bible