Articles by: Zachary Bailes

Time For A Marriage Tax?

Time For A Marriage Tax?

Marriage is no longer sacred. Maybe we should make it like registering your car—every year you pay to renew the tags. We could increase revenue? Or, perhaps we could make it like property tax—how much combined income do you make, and tax it.

by Zachary Bailes· · News
Trayvon And Troy: May We Remember

Trayvon And Troy: May We Remember

There are differences between Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin—Davis was older and killed by the government. I cannot help but wonder, though, if Martin’s death was a crime of omission rather than commission by the larger state.

by Zachary Bailes· · Political Rants
Santorum And The Bible Belt

Santorum And The Bible Belt

If the Bible Belt really were the Bible Belt, they would call out Santorum for his lack of Biblical policy.

What if Jesus Was One Of Us – Black, White, Brown, Young, Old, Straight And Even Gay?

What if Jesus Was One Of Us – Black, White, Brown, Young, Old, Straight And Even Gay?

The debate around Amendment 1 in North Carolina heats up, and homosexuality remains a lighting rod in the Presidential race. As a person educated in theology, I find myself wanting to ask many Christians against homosexuality, ‘What if Jesus was gay?’

A Letter To Franklin Graham

A Letter To Franklin Graham

Dear Franklin Graham: Your father once remarked, ‘Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.’ Your Tuesday Morning Joe appearance, other than demonstrating that you are not your father, was unsettling at best.

The Hypocrisy And Denial Of The Catholic Church

The Hypocrisy And Denial Of The Catholic Church

On February 14th the New York Times published an editorial entitled “His Eminence in Denial” decrying retired Cardinal Edward Egan’s revocation of his apology for the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse cover-ups. On February 14th the New York Times published an editorial entitled “His Eminence in Denial” decrying retired Cardinal Edward Egan’s revocation of his apology for the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse cover-ups

by Zachary Bailes· · News
‘We Are NC’ Fights Against Gay Marriage Amendment

‘We Are NC’ Fights Against Gay Marriage Amendment

We Are NC is a campaign of organizations, religious institutions, and individuals working together to defeat the anti-gay marriage amendment.

by Zachary Bailes· · News
On Her Way Out, North Carolina Governor Fights For Education

On Her Way Out, North Carolina Governor Fights For Education

Gov. Perdue made her point clear: she is going to fight for an increased sales tax of 3/4-cent. She said of the NC General Assembly’s decision to let the tax expire: “I think that was a terrible mistake.”

by Zachary Bailes· · News
Religious Intolerance Cannot be Tolerated

Religious Intolerance Cannot be Tolerated

As the 20th century faded and the 21st century emerged, so did the fact that religious diversity could no longer be ignored.

Can Conservatives Welcome the Stranger?

Can Conservatives Welcome the Stranger?

If we cannot love the stranger in our own self we cannot love the stranger in society. When we begin welcoming the stranger individually we can welcome the strangers in society — and together we transform.

by Zachary Bailes· · News
Dear Rick Perry:

Dear Rick Perry:

In the next few months you will be offered opportunities to write a book, maybe. If that happens, can you make sure you tell us how your ending ‘Obama’s war on religion’ plays out?

by Zachary Bailes· · Information and Resources
White Privilege and the GOP

White Privilege and the GOP

‘The ‘squeaky wheel’ we call the GOP signals more than an out of date, rusted, crusted, and old way of “doing things.’ Then again, when white privilege is sought to be protected, the old way of doing things are the ‘right’ way of doing things.

Dream of A Nation

Dream of A Nation

If we want to change our country we must dream of a nation we want to become.

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Jesus is no political leader, but an inspiration for subversive, world-changing action. If we want to embody this, then we must stop finding political parties for Jesus to endorse, and start finding our common humanity.

by Zachary Bailes· · Information and Resources
White, Straight, Male

White, Straight, Male

It is simple: the privilege of White-Straight-Male is a meaningless, heartless existence that examines nothing, is aware of nothing, and ignores the whole of humanity.

Whom Shall We Kill?

Whom Shall We Kill?

Troy Davis has been denied clemency by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Our country witnesses, once again, a flawed system at work. From the Pope to Jimmy Carter, leaders are calling for a stay in the execution, and rightfully so. How long must we continue to ask ourselves, ‘Whom shall we kill?’

JFK: Candidate of the Future

JFK: Candidate of the Future

With the current climate in the GOP, John F. Kennedy looks like a candidate from the future. What Kennedy was pushing, and what many have forgotten, is a human connection that extends beyond religious affiliation and party alignment.