Paul Prather

Paul Prather

Robert E. Lee would have wanted his statue (and others) removed. Here’s why.

To a bitter Confederate widow, Robert E. Lee said, “Madam, do not train up your children in hostility to the government of the United States. Remember, we are all one country now. … Bring them up to be Americans.” Clearly, it’s ironic (some might say hypocritical) that the general most responsible for nearly destroying the nation would advise others to forget their ill will and heal that same country.

Paul Prather

Do you know how your minister votes? Here’s what the research shows

Recently I wrote about the broad diversity among religious people, who include every imaginable theological, social and political worldview. Yet in our present cultural climate, Christians, particularly, often are stereotyped as being cut from a single pattern — conservative, exclusionary, angry and, usually, Republican. Hardly had my column appeared when the New York Times ran a story that illustrated my point.

Paul Prather

Allow preachers to endorse candidates? It’s help we didn’t need

An executive order by President Donald Trump, allowing clergy to endorse political candidates from the pulpit without fear of losing their tax-exempt status, was much ado about nothing — except for the bellicose few who get all the air time and the ink, those perpetually offended would-be kingmakers who oppose any restraint of their egos, including common sense or their parishioners’ feelings.