Shattering the Sabbath’s Peace

On Saturday morning the Sabbath peace (Shabbat Shalom) was shattered in the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh. The first reports were gruesome: at least 11 people were dead, several police officers wounded. A morning celebration of a bris with 60 to 100 people was devastated by gunfire. Some hours [...]

I preach … Kavanaugh and him crucified?

There was much concern and a little shock at the Westar Institute when we learned that Greg Gutfeld compared the Brett Kavanaugh hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee to the crucifixion of Jesus. Gutfeld is a Fox News host, so perhaps this is no surprise, but it remains sad.

Greg Gutfeld and the Mob: An Ancient Slander

Greg Gutfeld’s recent comments on Fox News in which he compared Bret Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to the crucifixion of Christ continues a long tradition of blaming a mob to mask the true perpetrators of a crime. His allegorical mash-up has a dark history.

Promiscuous Jesus

Promiscuous and Jesus are two words not normally associated. We might think of them as opposites. But I was recently reminded that they belong together. Following the publication of my blog “Burying my Son,” one part of which dealt with the offensive closed communion at the funeral mass, an old friend and Westar Fellow, himself [...]