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Patriotism’s Call Under A Rogue Government

June 27, 2017

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Silly me. I dreamed the GOP-sponsored health care travesty passed in the US House would die in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office just released a report dashing my innocence: 22 million stand to lose their insurance over the next ten years under Mitch McConnell’s cynicism. This comes atop more revelations about Russian election meddling […]

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How is that a thing?

June 25, 2017

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Cindy Brady (see the video below) poses a question for anyone joining a Facebook group called Christians For Trump; “How is that a thing?” She lays down the challenge in unsparing terms. Lest her confrontational words throw us, read the Bible’s portrait of the commendable ruler in Psalm 72. A couple passages from the ESV translation: […]

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I wish politics would stop barging in on my ambitions for this site

June 24, 2017

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I’m forever vowing to veer this blog from the tentative political scene to more weighty — and ultimately relevant — eternal matters, but America’s death spiral always upsets my plans. The US now aims for a new goal: Forget trips to unexplored planets by the decade’s end or feeding the world or ending poverty (anyone […]

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Eco-friendly evangelicals take it to the streets

April 27, 2017

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Cross published on Huffpost Who says a climate-denying cult entrances all evangelical Christians? Brian Webb’s faith has propelled him into pro-science action. He’s a mover and a shaker, an organizational hombre, a managerial mahatma with a Bible. Webb directs Climate Caretakers, a network founded in August 2015 to mobilize the faithful, and he’s leading a […]

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Stop invoking the “liberal” bogeyman

February 4, 2017

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Trumpians are banging the “liberal” drum again: Alleged softy progressives whine because the ’16 election didn’t go their way. Memes pile on memes, like this one: Yup. It’s just liberals. Take Eliot Cohen, for instance: To friends still thinking of serving as political appointees in this administration, beware: When you sell your soul to the Devil, […]

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Albright to Trump: Nuts to your refugee scheme

January 27, 2017

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President Trump’s race to upend American ideals in the name of patriotism is achieving a cheetah’s speed. Remember that phrase, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”? Forget it. He’s maneuvering to cut the refugee flow.

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Everyday bravery for civil rights

January 16, 2017

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We all know, of course, that Martin Luther King, Jr., did not go it alone. The day named after him really commemorates a host of people of whom we barely hear. Real off some of the famous names: Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Bayard Rustin (the March on Washington’s organizer). And then […]

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A last glimpse of a classy guy

January 11, 2017

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I felt pathos on January 10. Our nation heard eloquence and saw class, dignity, and poise bundled in a farewell speech. I’m already nostalgic in the face of a creepy future filled with belligerent tweet storms from a philandering, dictator-friendly, fact-denying president with microscopically thin skin. Hear the cracks of arctic and Antarctic ice amid […]

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You’ll be missed, Nat Hentoff

January 9, 2017

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Why would a Bible-thumping holy roller like me mourn the loss of left-wing, self-described “Jewish atheist” Nat Hentoff, the Village Voice columnist and author who died recently at 91? Maybe it’s because he loved jazz. Maybe it’s because the Bible favors the poor and “the least of these.” Maybe it’s because he slammed all group […]

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Satyagraha on a Pennsylvania Highway

November 13, 2016

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Mark this: I’m convinced Donald Trump’s election is a national tragedy and bodes ill for the world.  Ring out the protests in the short term while plotting long-term strategies, please. As for those complaining about all the “liberal” cry babies and post-election whining: Your candidate hinted at “rigged” voting before the ballots were cast. What’s […]

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