Entries by vminjesu

Our Terrorism Double-standard as posted on AlterNet, 15 November 2015

My Response This is a terribly complex issue that demands comprehension and understanding at many levels. ISIS is motivated by hate and intolerance, exercised through acts of horrendous and inhumane brutality. Yet, Christians have so much blood on our hands that we should be careful how we assess the terror of other religious groups. During […]

A Day with the Air Force Thunderbirds

By Vincent Turner Saturday, September 19th, 2015, Joint Base Andrews: The all-day air show at Andrews Air Force Base featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. I had not been to a Thunderbirds airshow for several years, the last one at Otis Air Force Base in New England. These events speak to my Warrior spirit. My […]

The Desecration and Degradation of God and Christ

“We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity. Our movement is Christian.” Adolph Hitler, 27 October 1928. Growing up on a small farm among very large farms in the 1950s in the Maryland countryside was idyllic in many respects. Looking back, despite the hard work and the work ethic that […]

Why can’t we all just get along?

Reverend M. Vincent Turner 4th of July, 2015 Growing up on a small seven-acre farm in rural Maryland during the 1950s set the framework for who I have become. Our small farm was nestled among far larger ones, some reaching as many as 1,000 acres. During my sophomore and junior summers I worked a 700-acre […]

Email to John Cox, The Washington Post, Column on the Confederacy

Dear Mr. Cox. Professor Medford’s words should be heeded, and carefully. I recently wrote, “Removing an artifact does not change the facts.” Having grown up on a small farm in rural Maryland, my family’s roots are in Lower Indiana and Kentucky. Years ago I worked with a contractor who displayed his “Dixie” flag on all […]

For once, The Evil Doers have lost the day

As an ordained Christian theologian who actually received a graduate degree in Christian theology (which many of the self-defined right clergy did not — including Huckabee son of Satan), it is time to move on. Gays and lesbians won the day, as indeed we should have. Yes, it was a desperate week for all those […]

An Open Letter to Nikki Haley Governor, South Carolina The Charleston SC Massacre 21 June 2015 Dear Governor Haley: This letter is written to express and share my thoughts about the recent mass slaughter of nine black people in the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church, Charleston. As the world now knows, the villain is a young white […]

Why do you still believe in God?

This question was asked of me recently by a friend and former coworker. It was asked after reading one of my recent posts. The question at first stunned me. Wow! I said in my reply. Why do you ask? The response was curious. “I am struggling with the concept of God/god; so much hate and […]

The “Huckabee Factor”

Slightly more than a decade ago I met a transgender person at a Christian religious retreat. This person’s journey, expressed guardedly, was complex and complicated. I experienced a certain respect for this person still going through transition, because they wanted to talk about it where they would feel judged the least. Ah, yes! “Judged the […]