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Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism

  • The U.S media has been pitifully remiss in sounding the clarion call alarm regarding this festering, open wound on the American body politic, allowing this sick sectarian infection of fundamentalist Christian fascism to appear “mainstream” and metastasize.
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.
  • The Evangelical Persecution Complex

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet

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images_2014_07/2014_802_ton.jpgTony Dungy, former professional American football player and the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. (Photo: Brad Ward / Flickr

July 23, 2014 | Background: On July 21, 2014, I received a phone call from a female U.S. military fighter pilot. She happens to be gay. She is not "out", despite the fact that the odious "don't ask don't tell" policy no longer burdens the American armed forces and has been justly abolished. She knows well that homophobia is still rampant in the ranks, which is why the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) currently has 863 LGBTQ clients among our current number of over 38,000 U.S. military members and veterans, 96% of whom are practicing Christians themselves. She related that she had just experienced a loud conversation in her squadron area where a number of her fellow pilots were robustly cheering on Tony Dungy's comments about how he would never have drafted Michael Sam for a team for which he was head coach and why. Michael Sam is the NFL's first openly gay player. She told me that her fellow pilots were effusively praising Dungy's "honesty" etc. She was terribly distraught. She asked me what I thought about it. This Op-Ed is my response to her.

A maelstrom of extremism is battering the United States of America, weakening and eroding the fundamental values of tolerance and inclusion embodied by our beautiful Constitution. The name of this extremist threat? Fundamentalist Christianity or "Dominionism." This disturbing storm trend has entailed the infiltration of all fields of social life in U.S. schools, military bases, and a plethora of other key fora. Indeed, the three branches of civilian government have become bloody battlegrounds for the advancement of a hateful and bigoted agenda of American Christian extremist exceptionalism and supremacy. Big-box retailers, chicken sandwich purveyors, school boards and school districts, police departments, fire departments, sewage workers, legislatures, celebrities, and sports figures have served no small role as pawns, masterminds, and auxiliaries in this seditious modern-day brutal Crusade. A case in point is former Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach, NBC commentator, and unabashed homophobe, Tony Dungy.

Mikey Weinstein is founder and president of the six-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated  Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), an honor graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a former J.A.G. in the U.S. Air Force. 

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The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums, Katie McDonough, Salon

  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking.
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left.

The Evangelical Persecution Complex, Alan Noble, The Atlantic

  • The theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community
  • Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism


The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site

  • Who's really behind the "growing online community"?
  • American Racism

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon 

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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 |  Say what you will about what the team itself does on the field, but there’s no denying that the institution of the Washington Redskins is flailing like freshly caught carp on a dock right now. Last month, the U.S. Patent Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the team’s name was “disparaging to Native Americans,” canceling six federal trademark registrations and inching its hotly debated nomenclature closer toward a change. But while the fight to keep the name rages on, the “community” behind the team has launched a new “Redskins Facts” site to sway public opinion — and oh, Lordy, is it hilariously misguided.

This week, ads on the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated sites began trumpeting the new outpost for “a growing online community of passionate Washington Redskins fans and others” and vowing to offer “historical evidence to fair-minded opinion leaders on both sides of the issue so ongoing discussions can be constructive.” That community, however, is so far made largely of its official sponsors, team alumni Gary Clark, Chris Cooley, Mark Moseley, Ray Schoenke and Roy Jefferson. Speaking to Slate Tuesday, team spokesman Tony Wyllie did not directly state how the site was being funded, but declared, “The alumni and the Redskins have a long history of supporting each other and this education effort is no different. So where it is appropriate for the alumni to pay for expenses then they will and when it is appropriate for the Redskins then the organization will. Since it is so early in the education effort there is no easy breakdown available.” Slate also notes the compelling connection between the site and Burson-Marsteller, a P.R. firm that touts itself as one to call on “when the stakes are high: during a crisis, a brand launch or any period of fundamental change or transition.” And Deadspin further finds that among the first followers of the site on Twitter were Burson-Marsteller employees. Smooooooooth.

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon. She's written for the New York Times, Time Out, The New York Observer, and more, and is the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream."

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American Racism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The necessary work to be done involves as many of us as possible having the audacity to have real and honest conversations about race, about racism, about skin privileges and skin preferences in our America, still here in the 21st century.
  • Part 1: The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences
  • Part 2: #DonaldSterling, Civil Rights, and American Racism


Music Changes the Way You Think

  • Different music encourages different frames of mind. That music can move us is no surprise; it's the point of the art form, after all. What's new here is the manner in which the researchers have quantified in fine-grained detail the cognitive ramifications of unpacked melodic compounds. This investigation of music's building blocks may be more relevant than you suppose.
  • We, the people are violent and filled with rage: A nation spinning apart on its Independence Day

Daniel A. Yudkin and Yaacov Trope, Scientific American

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Yellow%20Music%20Image.jpg?itok=Ou6BkTUuJune 24, 2014 | Hum the first two notes of "The Simpsons" theme song. (If you're not a Simpsons fan, "Maria" from West Side Story will also do.) The musical interval you're hearing - the pitch gap between the notes - is known as a "tritone," and it's commonly recognized in music theory as one of the most dissonant intervals, so much so that composers and theorists in the 18th century dubbed it diabolus in musica ("devil in music").

Now hum the first few notes of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or, if you prefer something with a little more street cred, the "I'm sorry" part in Outkast's "Ms. Jackson." This is the "perfect fifth." It's one of the most consonant intervals, used in myriad compositions as a vehicle of resolution and harmony.

Daniel Yudkin is a doctoral candidate in social psychology at New York University and a jazz pianist. 

Yaacov Trope is a Professor of Psychology at New York University. 

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We, the people are violent and filled with rage: A nation spinning apart on its Independence Day, Jim Sleeper, Salon

  • School shootings, hatred, capitalism run amok: This 4th of July, we are in the midst of a tragic public derangement.
  • Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom: Put Away Your Flags


Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

  • Economists — at least those not associated with host committees — find that economic impact studies overestimate the benefits of events like the All-Star Game or the Super Bowl. 
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers

Louis D. Johnston, MinnPost

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all-star-game-target-field_main.jpgMinnesota should expect a $7.5 million economic boost from the All Star Game rather than the $75 million touted by MLB. Reuters/USA Today Sports

July 25, 2014 | The All-Star game has come and gone, and soon we’ll be preparing for the 2018 Super Bowl. These are not the last mega events on the horizon: Gov. Mark Dayton named a committee to attract an NCAA Men’s Final Four to the new Vikings stadium sometime between 2017 and 2020, and a who’s-who of Minnesotans is promoting a bid to host a World’s Fair in Minnesota in 2023.

Events like these bring attention and excitement to our state. Are they worth the resources we put into them?

Louis D. Johnston writes Macro, Micro, Minnesota for MinnPost, reporting on economic developments in the news and what those developments mean to Minnesota. He is Joseph P. Farry professor in the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at Saint John’s University. 

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Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers, Alissa Scheller, Huffington Post

  • The NFL may be generating money faster than Peyton Manning can rack up touchdowns but the league's owners have a history of looking for handouts when it comes time to pay for new stadiums. Here is a look at the staggering amount of public funds used to build the homes for NFL teams as well as a few of the NFL's other staggering fiscal stats.
  • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats