Skull and Bones and Geronimo’s Remains: It’s Long Past Time for the Fratboys to Grow Up.

This column also ran on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum.

On February 18th of this year, Harlyn Gernomino, the great-grandson of the famous Apache chief with the same last name, filed a lawsuit in federal court, demanding the return of his great-grandfather’s skull.

The lawsuit alleges that Geronimo’s skull and some of his bones are in the possession of Skull and Bones, the secretive and uber-exclusive Yale fraternity, whose membership rolls boast a long list of important American political, business, cultural  and even religious leaders. Three American presidents (Taft, Bush, and Bush) were members; the most prominent member of Skull and Bones currently holding political office is Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
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The American Abroad

This column was published on February 12 on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum.

Last month, in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, Senator John Kerry royally ticked off a lot of Americans, particularly those who are a little more red around the state, when he criticized US foreign policy.

The story caught my attention because by the time this column is published, I’ll be in Switzerland myself, and while nothing I say in Switzerland will make the news, still the response to Kerry’s comments raises an important question for the American abroad: to what extent should a person refrain from criticizing his or her country while traveling? Continue reading