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Reduce to lowest terms. That’s always my goal, whether it’s math, art or communication.

All of our current American institutional and Constitutional crises are rooted in religious nut-jobbery.

Was that reduced enough for you?

Not backing off a millimeter.

And “all religions” are not currently equally guilty. No. This is the result of the cynical and perverse distortion, bastardization and hijacking of a great religion once known as Christianity, which now has the same relationship with Jesus that a goldfish has with a unicycle. None whatsoever.

We are not a theocracy. We are not a “Christian nation.” We have the Establishment Clause, which codifies separation of church and state. Can you read?

This is not an attack on your religion. It’s an attack on you. I respect your right to run your own life. But I reject with extreme prejudice your insistence on imposing your religion on others, and dishonestly trying to inject it into our civil institutions.

You think “American Taliban” is too strong? Do you think that’s an exaggeration? Or, as the current president would call it, “hyperbole?  I don’t.  The instant you say that YOUR religion means that somebody must or must not do something, you’re a jihadist. No, your religion says YOU must or must not do something. It is non-binding on others. Do I really have to explain this?

The instant your “religion” requires even a gram of coercion, it is no longer a religion.

All of our current American institutional and Constitutional crises are rooted in religious nut-jobbery.

If the sandal don’t fit, don’t wear it.

Tomorrow. Religious Nut-Jobbery’s attraction to autocracy. There IS a link.

2 Responses

  1. Spot on. American Taliban is accurate. This is a dark time in American History and it will probably get darker soon.

    We need more Truth Tellers like you in our country.

    Great message.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Chris. We at RR very much appreciate and treasure your involvement and support.

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It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.