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July 15, 2019

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A Correction

I’m writing this so e-mail subscribers will get it. Yesterday, I said Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were all born in the United States. While that’s true of the first three, Omar was born in Somalia in 1982, spent four years in a refugee camp, and moved to the United States in 1992.

President Donald Trump, apparently, thinks she should go back to the ravaged land from which her family fled. He stands in the ignominious heritage of those who refused to welcome the starving Irish when they fled the potato famine of 1845-1849.

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July 14, 2019

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Donald Trump Saves The Democrats

President Donald Trump has, once again, rescued the Democrats from falling off their self-constructed political cliff — and he did it before his Sunday morning golf game. It’s a pity. Forces may have been compelling The Party of trump twitter imageRoosevelt and Truman to face its demons. The day of reckoning has been delayed.

The Democratic vision has shriveled from The New Deal and the Great Society, which extolled “the forgotten person,” and now caters to the cultural left’s panoply of snarky identities. Some entertain proposals designed to alienate the heartland. A few presidential candidates, for example, have called for prostitution’s decriminalization. Never mind the proposals dubious merits; someone needs to announce the obvious: “We need to win states like Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan in 2020.”

What’s more, it seems that four House freshmen are out for blood. They owe everything to their twitter flocks and nothing to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (or so they think), so they tossed her public barbs. Headlines blared of party division.

Enter Trump to save the day. He thumbed a tweet storm on the morning of July 14 and said the representatives “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.” They should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Democrats, including Pelosi, rallied to their defense.

Here are all the tweets:

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No surprise here, but Trump didn’t apply much thought to these tweets. First, three of the four freshmen — Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York — would be booking a short flight to her homeland. Each was born in the United States. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota arrived in the United States at the age of ten. Her family had fled war-ravaged Somalia and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp for four years.

Second, the tweets come on the eve of a planned draconian migrant roundup courtesy ICE; they remind all that the current anti-migrant wave wells from ignorant xenophobia. Third, Trump’s popularity is on the increase, largely due to a strong economy and his recent Twitter silence. In one fell swoop, he reminded America of his ignorance (again, he didn’t know each was American born), his racism (three of the four are African American; one, the most famous, is a Latina); and his misogyny (they’re all women).

My own hope: The Democrats will realize they were looking over the cliff’s edge. They’ll back away. They’ll see the distance between their cultural bubble and the American voter and the gap between them and their party’s noble heritage. Next time, Trump may not rescue them from their clumsiness.

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July 13, 2019

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Cracks In The Foundation: Why American Evangelical Christianity Soured

My name was lit up in lights last month with a 3,000-word article published on The Anxious Bench over at Patheos. I trace the devolution of American evangelical Christianity to the heart of the mid-twentieth century evangelical resurgence, supposedly before political partisans hijacked the movement. In fact, the partisans were already there, paving the way […]

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July 7, 2019

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Free Press Needed Then & Now

Billie Truitt of Windsor, CT, posted this on her Facebook page a few days ago. I pasted it with her permission. On July 6, 1944, my mother was a young newspaper reporter working in Hartford. She had taken the day off for a dentist appointment. The dentist had just fastened the bib around her neck […]

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June 26, 2019

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Seeking Social Ethicist; MBA Required

Jerry Falwell, Jr., is making life impossible for recovering sarcasm addicts.

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June 24, 2019

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God In The Nightmare

I preached a testimonial sermon on Sunday, June 16, at St. Paul’s Church in Willington, CT, with my cancer struggles serving as a launching pad for a talk on suffering. As I explain, reconstructive surgery blessed me with a speech impediment. I sound like a space alien. Here are some of the sermons opening lines, […]

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June 10, 2019

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Falwell: “I have never been a minister”

What do courtiers say when the emperor brags, “I’m wearing no clothes!”?

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June 8, 2019

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Before I solve every problem …

I’m pondering the implications of this verse. I’ll get back to you when I figure it all out. Don’t wait up.

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June 4, 2019

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Prayer does not = endorsement

The snarks are at it again, vilifying a good man because he didn’t see the entire universe in a split second. 

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May 22, 2019

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“There is something extraordinary about their lives …”

Throw out the fish, keep the wrapping. That’s what I always say — especially after I came across the following passage in the Liturgy of the Hours. It was discovered in Constantinople in 1436, where its larger manuscript was employed as wrapping paper in a fishmonger’s shop and called The Letter from the Disciple to […]

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