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  • Sometimes our part to play means speaking truth to power and risking our lives, as did so many courageous religious leaders last weekend (Charlottesville, VA). And maybe then — Trump and company notwithstanding — God's new reign of justice and peace will dawn at last.
  • Related: Charlottesville and Trump: A spiritual exercise for the overwhelmed and exhausted

Christine Schenk, National Catholic Reporter

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Aug 15, 2017 | OK, so I haven't been in the greatest personal space lately. Maybe it's because I had a knee replacement in the middle of June followed by intensive and — thanks to long-suffering physical therapists — successful rehab. But I had little energy for anything besides watching cable news and HGTV reruns on the oh-so-appropriately-named boob tube.

I felt internally "flat" and missed the quiet sense of God within. This is always painful, since I tend to focus on everything that is wrong with me, with U.S. policy, and with the universe. Maybe it was anesthesia after-burn but I suspect there is more to it.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Christine%20Schenk.jpgChristine Schenk served urban families for 18 years as a nurse midwife before co-founding FutureChurch, where she served for 23 years. She holds master's degrees in nursing and theology.

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Charlottesville and Trump: A spiritual exercise for the overwhelmed and exhausted, Jim McDermott, America

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Two people comfort Joseph Culver of Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respects for a friend injured in a car attack on counter-protesters rallying against white nationalists. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

Each new day finds us inundated with more data, the latest takes and the prospect of another crisis.
How do you continue to “bear witness” when every three or four days there is another crisis?

Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises

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  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Classical%20Statue%20Head%20in%20Hand_1.jpg August 14, 2017 | On the eve of the anniversary of the United State’s nuclear annihilation of the Christian community of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, Donald Trump threatened the nuclear destruction of North Korea (including the deaths of thousands or millions of innocents) in ways more devastating than even the nuclear annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 
The multibillionaire Donald J. Trump, being an over-privileged “Golden Boy” son of a multimillionaire, a narcissist, a sexual predator, a serial liar and an exploitive casino mogul with mob connections, was probably destined to become historically, theologically, morally and scientifically illiterate. It would have been very unusual for someone growing up in that trajectory to turn out otherwise.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump

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‘The Middle’ Doesn’t Always Equal ‘True’

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  • The assumption that truth always lies somewhere in “the middle” is actually a logical fallacy called the “middle ground fallacy.”
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

 

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

May 23, 2017 | We live in an age in which our media frequently frames issues up as a choice between two extremes.

In such an age, it’s tempting for those who consider themselves educated to consistently take the via media—the “middle way”—and to assume that the truth always amounts to a balanced compromise between the two sides of a debate. In such an age, it becomes cool to be a centrist.

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/styles/medium/public/dan.jpg?itok=k0Nk_o0- Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen, The Atlantic 

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  • The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
  • This article has been adapted from Kurt Andersen’s book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History, to be published in September by Random House.
  • Related: America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance

The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome

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Uniting immigrants and the native-born is an urgent imperative for the left. To do so, we must collectively reject not just the toxic politics of Trumpism but also the more subtle poison of liberal nationalism.

Kevin Young, Counterpunch

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September 5, 2017 |Trump adviser Stephen Miller made headlines last month when he openly repudiated the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This Emma Lazarus verse is regularly regarded as the embodiment of U.S. generosity toward migrants and refugees. Schoolchildren learn it, and many commentators have invoked it to denounce the current administration’s attempts at ethnic cleansing. But while Trump’s xenophobia is extreme, it’s well within the historic parameters of anti-immigrant policy in this country.

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Noble rhetoric notwithstanding, the “huddled masses” have rarely been welcomed into the United States. Our economic and political system has always depended upon the exclusion or subordination of certain people based on class, race, gender, religion, and other factors, and our immigration laws have played a central role in preserving these inequalities. Resisting racism requires that we confront not just Trumpism but the broader elite consensus of exclusion and exploitation.

Kevin Young teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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I’m Out of Empathy. I’m Out of Pity. I’m Out of Patience.

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  • Roy Moore is a lawless theocratic lunatic, and those who support him are destroying our democracy.
  • Related: Christian nationalism can no longer be ignored. Roy Moore’s win proves it.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

Sep 27, 2017 | On Tuesday night, the voters in the great state of Alabama pushed a lawless theocratic lunatic named Roy Moore one tiny step away from a seat in the United States Senate. Moore lost his job as chief justice of that state’s supreme court twice; on both occasions, he lost it by flouting the authority of the federal court system as though he were Orval Faubus in 1957.

Lawless.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Charles%20P.%20Pierce.jpg Charles P. Pierce has been a working journalist since 1976. He is the author of four books, most recently 'Idiot America.' He lives near Boston with his wife.

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Christian nationalism can no longer be ignored. Roy Moore’s win proves it. Jack Jenkins, Think Progress  

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“We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress.”

 

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Charlottesville's white awakening: 'We were living in a bubble,' say residents

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  • On Sunday, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams helped the Virginia town recover from last month’s violence – which some white residents admitted had been a serious wake-up call.
  • Related: 5 Things the Mainstream Media Missed About Charlottesville

Lois Beckett in Charlottesville, The Guardian

http://cdn.billmoyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/takingaboutrace_606x154b.jpgMonday 25 September 2017 | Inside the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium, a succession of pop stars were telling local residents that “Love trumps hate” and “You will not dethrone love.” Dave Matthews, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake were holding a free concert to help Charlottesville recover from the violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi protests that rocked the town last month.

But as he smoked a cigarette by the stadium concession stands Sunday evening, Jack (who did not want his last name used) wasn’t talking about love. He was talking about his vote. The 25-year-old, who has lived in Charlottesville most of his life, is a conservative in a liberal town. He said he had voted for Donald Trump, hoping that a political outsider would bring change.

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5 Things the Mainstream Media Missed About Charlottesville, Shane Burley and Alexander Reed Ross, In These Times

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  • We can’t ignore the long history of white supremacist violence—and anti-fascist organizing.
  • Related: How To Fight Establishment Propaganda Machines Like NPR  And Win

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Why America Acts So Goddamn Crazy

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The reason the US power establishment works so hard to manufacture public support for its wars is that it needs that support. The public can make things very, very difficult for the war machine if it stops listening to the propaganda lullabies and decides enough is enough. But that can’t happen as long as the American people are living in fear of the rest of the world. If you want peace, at some point you’re going to have to get okay with letting the world manage its own affairs. There will be no significant peace movement in America until this happens.

‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

September 29, 2017 | I just finished reading what may be the single best takedown of the US establishment’s Russia narrative that anyone has published so far. In an article titled “Russia-gate’s Shaky Foundation”, Consortium News’ Daniel Herman meticulously goes over many of the major glaring plot holes in the official story about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election after reminding us of America’s extensive and well-documented history of using lies, false flags and propaganda to manufacture public support for war.

It’s a very thorough beatdown on the way the American people are being asked to swallow a collection of extremely grave charges with unfathomably dangerous implications about being “at war” with the planet’s only other nuclear weapons superpower based on amazingly flimsy evidence provided by known liars and manipulators. I highly recommend reading it and sharing it widely, even though the response from many Americans will be to put their fingers in their ears and hum the latest Pepsi jingle to escape the cognitive discomfort of realizing they’ve been completely wrong about everything and having their entire worldview ripped to shreds.

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How The Elites Are Divorcing From Reality: The Economist’s “What If”, by Gefira

Liberal intellectuals are too busy living in a parallel world to notice their miscalculations. Are they then worth listening to?

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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https://gefira.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Macron-on-water.jpg  August 21, 2017 | Europe is beyond saving. Give it a year and nobody will show French President Emmanuel Macron walking on water. From gefira.org:

The Western globalist elites have not digested Trump’s victory or Brexit yet. They are having a hard time dealing with their ideological failures, and when the reality dares not to comply with their day dreaming, they go online and create a parallel world, where their “expert” predictions always turn right and their failures cannot be questioned. The Economist‘s portal named “what if”, a neo-liberal, wishful thinking echo chamber, is the point in case.

Robert Gore: His articles on straightlinelogic.com have been reprinted in The Sangre de Cristo Sentinel, a Colorado newspaper. He is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine.

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