Michael Brown

CP Op-Ed Contributor

Gen. John Kelly Is Racist? Seriously?

Yes, as bizarre as it seems, Gen. Kelly was accused of making a racist comment when he referred to Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson as an "empty barrel" for her attack on President Trump's call to a Gold Star widow.

Can This White Guy Talk About Racism?

Please help me to understand something. I'm not a Muslim, but I can speak about Islam. I'm not gay, but I can address LGBT issues. I'm not an atheist, but I can address atheism. Yet when I weigh in constructively on racial issues in America, I'm told I have no right to speak or, worse still, I'm accused of racism. Why is that?

Why I Agreed to Speak at an Anti-Zionism Conference

Why did I agree to speak a conference that I have blasted in the past for being anti-Zionistic and perhaps even anti-Semitic? Why I am participating in an event that has been used to propagate what I have branded "a deadly anti-Israel theological error"? (I meant the word "deadly" quite literally.)

If You Fell Asleep in 1961 and Woke Up Today

Tonight is TV night, and everyone is ready to enjoy "Ozzie and Harriet" and "Leave It to Beaver." You doze off and when you wake up a few minutes later, everything has changed. Instead of the smiling Cleaver family, it's a nude couple going on their first date together. You change the channel and find two men making out passionately while taking off each other's clothes. You click once more, and this time it's two young moms with their daughters—they're both 16 and unmarried—and their babies were born out of wedlock.

A Divided America Cannot Stand: Now Is Not the Time to Blame Others

A house divided against itself cannot stand. This is a message America needs to hear again. We are literally tearing ourselves apart. And so, rather than the Vegas massacre drawing us together, it is being politicized and propagandized, often in the most vulgar ways. Is there no respect for the dead and grieving?

Can 'Thoughts and Prayers' Stop the Next Shooting?

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, herself a shooting victim, said, "All we're hearing is thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers are important. They are not enough. Your thoughts and prayers aren't going to stop the next shooting." Is he right? Yes and no.

Two Words That Give Me Hope for America

America is really sick — as in really, really sick. That's why some conservative preachers and pundits believe we have passed the point of no return. Yet there are two words that give me hope, and I want to share that hope with you.

Reeling After the Deadliest US Shooting: Only God Can Heal America

America is reeling again. Families have been ripped apart and individual lives have been torn apart. One day we're reeling from devastating hurricanes, the next day we're torn apart by racial divisions, the next day we're ripped apart by the worst mass shooting in our history. The pain is palpable, the shock tangible. Can America still be healed?

A Practical Suggestion for NFL Players

Dear NFL Athletes, As a fan rather than a critic, may I offer a suggestion to you regarding the national anthem? it seems like the league can get very political on some fronts. And who is affected by this? You and the fans. This is not fair and this is not right.

Here's What Roy Moore's Victory Really Means

It's often said that you can know a man by his enemies. That being the case, we can know a lot about Judge Roy Moore by the blaring headline on Huffington Post last night: "Alabama Earthquake: GOP Picks Outsider Bigot." Translated, this means, "GOP Picks Conservative Christian, Anti-Establishment Candidate." Sounds good to me.

President Trump and the NFL: What Do We Make of This Battle?

Earlier in the week, the president had referred to NFL players who knelt in protest during the national anthem as "SOB's" who should be fired. NFL owners expressed their solidarity with the protesters and their disappointment with President Trump. Is there a right and wrong in all this?

Jesus Smashes the Gospel of Self-Esteem

One of the cruelest things we can do during a time of great human suffering is to suggest that those who are the most severely afflicted must be worse than everyone else. "Those wicked sinners got what they deserve in that hurricane," we say glibly, little knowing that we condemn ourselves in the process.

No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible

Just when you think you've heard it all, a pastor calls your radio show asking how to respond to a congregant who claims that cannabis was sanctioned by God in the Torah. That's right, sanctioned by the Lord Himself, not to be smoked but to be burned in large quantities by the priests of Israel. Far out!