October 16, 2018

Gas prices: a winning issue for Republicans

Gas Prices: A Winning Issue for Republicans by Michael Spencer You can hear Republicans trembling in their cars, scared to death that gas prices are about to sink the Republican congress and the Bush Presidency. With prices reaching a new high this week, and undoubtedly headed for higher prices this summer, Republicans are terrified of […]

Gagging on free speech

Gagging on Free Speech by Michael Spencer One of the premises of the Internet Monk Web page concerns the relationship of liberalism and tyranny. From time to time, I suffer certain anxieties that the assertion of this relationship- namely that the Democratic party and its partners in crime are the instruments of tyranny- will offend […]

Dancing at the fundamentalist ball

Dancing at the Fundamentalist Ball A Special Essay by Michael Spencer I am almost through with fundamentalism. Almost. There are still some places where I want to hang on to my fundamentalism, but not many. After spending most of my life listening to my fundamentalist relation sing their song in the current cultural climate, I […]

To fly alone, or not at all

To Fly Alone, Or Not At All by Michael Spencer Note: The following article is based purely on my own experiences with young people, and is in no way a claim to know anything about the motives or personal experience of Charles Bishop. I grieve with his family in the loss of a beloved young […]

Uncomfortable in Madison

Uncomfortable in Madison by Michael Spencer I am not a conspicuous flag waver. I do not have a flag on my car. My wife finally put a tiny flag on the front porch, but I would probably have waited till July to put a flag up on my own. I don’t dress in red, white […]

Public schools: Is there a big fix?

Public Schools: Is There A Big Fix? by Steve Mcfarland Being the center of attention has its advantages. People look at you, talk about you, and read reports from others about what they think of you. The world perks up it’s ears when your name is mentioned. When you speak everyone slides to the edge […]

The boy at the beach . . . and how I killed him

The Boy At The Beach….and How I Killed Him How being fat and being me became the same thing by Michael Spencer I have a picture of myself, around 13 years old I think, standing with my mom and her brothers on the beach of a lake in Michigan. It’s a handsome photo. I’m as […]

An appetite for fanaticism

An Appetite for Fanaticism Is there something wrong with saying “You’ve gone too far”? by Michael Spencer It occurred to me this week, while observing a group of religious fanatics putting on a public demonstration of embarrassing, excessive religious behavior, that I would be considered way out of line if I told the fanatics to […]

A slow drive over the edge

A Slow Drive Over The Edge An analysis of fanaticism among evangelical Christians by Michael Spencer NOTE: Several weeks ago, I published an essay on IM on the subject of religious fanaticism. Since that time, I’ve continued to think about the subject and find more relevant–and troubling–points that need to be mentioned. If you didn’t […]

Dear Rev. Falwell

Dear Rev. Falwell by Michael Spencer “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way – all of them who have tried to secularize America – I point the […]