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Yes, What Israel Is Doing To Palestinians Is Actually Genocide.

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  • In the Israel/Palestine conflict, is Israel guilty of genocide against the Palestinians? Yes-- absolutely.
  • Is calling this genocide over the top? No, it’s not. It’s genocide. Legally. Morally. It’s genocide.

Benjamin L. Corey, Patheos

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https://wp-media.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/files/2017/11/Moving-Beyond-Fear-Based-Faith.jpg  / March 1, 2019 | The other day I wrote a short piece on why the Bible does not command us to blindly stand with the modern state of Israel, and one of the points I made is that Israel is guilty of genocide. There were no shortage of internet commenters who objected to my use of this word and felt it was over the top. However, I stand by my assertion that Israel is guilty of genocide, so allow me to expand upon that.

I believe the main reason many push back on the idea that Israel is guilty of genocide is because of a lack of understanding of the full nuance of the word, and what genocide can look like in a modern context. While rounding up people for mass executions would be obvious evidence of genocide, the reality is that genocide can take place in ways that are more subtle– making it palatable for the masses, and even seem justified at times.

Benjamin L. Corey is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker.

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Piety and Hypocrisy: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight
  • Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis.
  • Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”
  • I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power.

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Piety and Hypocrisy: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight

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Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight
Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis.
Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”
I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight


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Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign. Graham is Trump's archbishop of bigotry.

Berry Craig, LA Progressive

Friday, 10 May 2019 | National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour Swings West

The Rev. Dr. William Barber and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis brought their National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour to my neck of the Kentucky woods the other day.

Barber is from North Carolina, also the home state of the Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham. So I asked Barber what he’d say to Graham if he were on the bus.

Berry Craig is an emeritus professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 1360, the recording secretary for the Western Kentucky Area Council, AFL-CIO, webmaster-editor for the Kentucky State AFL-CIO and a member of the state AFL-CIO Executive Board.

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Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”


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Lij Teodrose Fikremariam, the Ghion Journal


April25,2019 | Pay close attention for I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power. Though I’m going to use the story of Yeshua–who was rebranded to “Jesus” by the very pulpit serpents I’m writing against today–my aim is not to preach to you nor is my purpose to convert people. My objective is simple; expose these dogs who take the teachings of Yeshua not to help people but to bury them into hopelessness.

Yeshua warned about these snakes, the very Pharisees who murdered Him. His admonitions about worshiping the wealthy and dishonoring the poor can be found throughout the New Testament. Alas, humanity is beset by this one inherit condition: we are loath to listen to the good in us and we are quick to embrace the debased—this moral failing is what led the First Couple on a self-imposed exodus out of the promise land.


Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. A prolific writer, going from a lifeofupper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

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The Politics of Miracle

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The Exodus Miracle as Revolution according to Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Charlap

Shaul Magid, Tikkun

 

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https://www.tikkun.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Charlap-336x469.jpg / April10,2019 | The Jewish tradition suggests that the miracle of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt is the foundational miracle upon which all miracles rest. The question is: what exactly was the miracle? In a provocative essay, Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Charlap (1882-1951) suggests that the unique nature of the exodus miracle is not any visual change in the natural order, such as the parting of the Reed Sea, but rather the erasure of exile as a category and the possibility that the slave can become the master through a new kind of servitude. This, he posits, is the notion of revolution, not viewed as a temporary intervention into the order of nature but a structural change in creation that points to the possibility of a usurpation of societal order for the sake of freedom and justice.

R. Ya’akov Moshe Charlap was born and died in Jerusalem having lived there his entire life. A respected member of the Old Settlement Jewish community – he was rabbi of the Shaarei Hesed neighborhood in Jerusalem – he became a Zionist and one of the closest colleagues (talmid/haver) of R. Abraham Isaac Kook. Charlap served as Dean (Rosh Yeshiva) of the Yeshivat Mercaz ha-Rav Kook from its founding in 1924 until his death in 1951 after which the position went to Kook’s son, R. Zvi Yehuda Kook. Charlap wrote a number of important works including the multi-volume Mei Marom dedicated to Torah commentary, essays on the festivals, and musar. The essay discussed here and translated below is from his volume of Mei Marom on Pesah and Shavuot.

Shaul Magid, the editor of Jewish Thought and Culture at Tikkun Magazine, is the Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, Kogod Senior Research Fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue. He is presently working on a cultural biography of Meir Kahane.

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The Terribly Tiny God of MAGA Christians

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I hope and pray that (professed Christians who support this President) soon find a God who is big enough so that they stop living so small.

John Pavlovitz, johnpavlovitz.com

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April 11, 2019 | I feel sorry for professed Christians who support this President.

They have a profound and fundamental spiritual problem: their God is too small.

They passionately worship a deity made in their own image: white, American, Republican, male—and perpetually terrified of just about everything: Muslims, immigrants, gay children, Special Counsel reports, mandalas, Harry Potter, Starbucks holiday cups, yoga, wind turbines, Science—everything. Their God is so laughably minuscule, so fully neutered of power, so completely devoid of functioning vertebrae that “He” cannot protect them from the encroaching monsters they are certain lurk around every corner to overwhelm them.

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Misogyny Is the Catholic Church’s Original Sin

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Allowing female leadership could be the only way to save the ailing church.

Sady Doyle, Medium

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Feb 12, 2019 | When I was little, I wanted to be a priest. Our family was Catholic, and I was the most fervent. We celebrated every feast day. I crowned Mary with flowers in May and blessed my cat with holy water to honor St. Francis of Assisi. I once nearly scalded myself to death by adding boiling water to the bathtub because I’d heard saints mortified their flesh. Then, one Sunday when my brother and I were too sick to leave the house, I blessed some bread and fed it to him so he could receive Holy Communion.

My CCD teacher screamed at me. I could never do that, never, because it was for priests to do, and girls could not be priests. God chose the clergy to serve Him, and all those clergy— from the pope down to Father Joe, who quoted Monty Python and kept a pack of Marlboros in his cassock — were men, because God was a man. I could be a nun. I could serve priests. But to serve God directly — it was sinful for a girl to even want it, let alone attempt it.

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Clerical cronyism and secrecy shielded McCarrick and others.

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Then-Cardinal McCarrick was apparently used to living a double life and thought no one would reveal the truth. And one thing is for sure. His case is not unique.

Peter Daly, National Catholic Reporter

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Oct 22, 2018 | Two months into the sex abuse scandal that forced Theodore McCarrick to renounce his cardinal's red hat and withdraw to a Capuchin friary in Kansas, Catholics are still asking, "How did this happen?" How does someone like McCarrick advance to the pinnacle of Catholic power and stay there for so long when he carries so much baggage of crime and sin? Was there no vetting? Were there no background checks? Was someone protecting him?

If there is any "malpractice" in this scandal, it belongs to the various papal nuncios (Vatican ambassadors) and the members of the Congregation for Bishops in Rome, who are responsible for checking the backgrounds of candidates for the episcopacy. They did not do their jobs. It also belongs to McCarrick's patrons and promoters in America and in Rome, including Cardinals Francis Spellman (archbishop of New York 1939-67) and Terence Cooke (archbishop of New York 1968-83) and Pope John Paul II. All three were enchanted by McCarrick's fundraising skills.

Peter Daly is a retired priest of the Washington Archdiocese and a lawyer. After 31 years of parish service, he now works with Catholic Charities.

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The Covington Catholic Boys "Conundrum"

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  • Part 1: Covington Catholic Boys Shouldn’t Be Expelled—They Should Be Educated.
  • "Haul their asses back to school and teach them better.” Also their parents. And some of their teachers ... .
  • Part 2: "Unfortunate and Regrettable"
  • The Cincinnati diocese called the boy's behavior “unfortunate and regrettable,” the language when PR isn't conceding fault

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Part 1: Covington Catholic Boys Shouldn’t Be Expelled—They Should Be Educated.


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Erin Wathen, Patheos

January 20, 2019 | Several years ago, there was some egregious display of racism on a college campus. I’m thinking it was somewhere in the south, or possibly Texas? The “where” is not the point. What I remember about that instance is the large public outcry for the students to be expelled. In response, the University President issued a public statement, saying that to be kicked out of school was the LAST thing these students needed. “If we expel these students, what do they learn?” he said. The purpose of a college is to expand minds, to expose students to worldviews beyond their own limited experience. This was an opportunity, he said, to make sure they do not hold onto their harmful views, but be stretched beyond them. Rather than casting them out to live among like-minded people who would only reinforce their prejudice, the school would make sure they got an education.

I’m paraphrasing mightily here, but that was the gist. Within community, transformation is possible. Beyond it, there is only isolation.

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/b74f7ca70483103d7b13738306adccf4?s=190&d=mm&r=g Erin Wathen is the Senior Pastor of Saint Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Olathe, KS. She's a Kentucky native.

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Part 2: "Unfortunate and Regrettable"

The Cincinnati diocese called the boy's behavior “unfortunate and regrettable,” the language when PR isn't conceding fault—fitting because this was in keeping with the theology they've been taught.

Morgan Guyton, Patheos <>

January 20, 2019 | The boys of Covington Catholic High School stole the show at this weekend’s March for Life in Washington, DC when they surrounded and mocked Vietnam Veteran and indigenous elder Nathan Phillips while he was in the midst of a sacred ceremony. What stuck out in my mind was the response from the Cincinnati Diocese, who called the incident “unfortunate and regrettable.”

That’s the kind of language that public relations officials use when they don’t want to concede fault but they don’t want to be accused of condoning something that is getting a lot of negative media. Roman Catholic public relations officials have had a lot of practice with this kind of wordsmithing because of their rapist priests. But the language is fitting. Because what the boys did was entirely in keeping with the theology they have been taught. It was simply a socially unpalatable way of expressing it.

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/ccc7edabc6e70bd443d33eab0f05ce8d?s=190&d=mm&r=gMorgan Guyton is the director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, which is the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

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