The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.

posts by Michael Shirzadian



April 2012

Blind Guides v. Obamacare

by Michael Shirzadian, on April 2012, Health Care

When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away - Matthew 22:22 Part I: Christ/ian Anymore there’s only one reason I call myself a Christian—and it’s a characteristic of Christ, not his church. Because really, let’s face it, his church has dropped the ball (Nietzsche: there was only one Christian and you crucified him). Society perceives the church as…



October 2011

Good Thing I Got a Pell Grant

by Michael Shirzadian, on October 2011, Education

Recent attempts by both Democrat and Republican leadership to brand their opposition as vicious perpetrators of so-called “Class Warfare” do not suggest, as the media might have us believe, an especially polar or divisive era in contemporary Washington politics—where leaders desperately enlist words like “terror” and “war” in the service of disparate political ideologies—but illustrate, instead, the bipartisan and calculated sense of war requisite to maintaining status-quo (economic)…