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Scholar Reza Aslan Explains Why It's Time to Treat Trump As An Enemy of the State -- Before It's Too Late

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Scholar fired by CNN for anti-Trump tweets: "The country is one 9/11-style terror attack from the end of the American experiment as we know it. That’s not an exaggeration. That’s the reality that we face under this government."

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https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/800px-reza_aslan_-_april_2012.jpg?itok=cPYFasGHReza Aslan at Roanoke College in 2012. Photo Credit: Roanoke College/Wikimedia Commons

April 30, 2018 | It is hardly breaking news that Trump would fail the moral and ethical standards of all the world's major religions. One much-discussed question in political science and religious studies is how Trump's evangelical supporters reconcile Trump's behavior with their supposed Christian values. Is their support for Trump purely transactional, because he and the Republican Party are willing to advance certain public policy goals? What role do racial animus and social-dominance behavior play in the relationship between evangelical Christianity and Donald Trump? Is there literally nothing the president could do that would cost him their support?

In an effort to answer these questions I recently spoke with Reza Aslan. He is the author of three books on religion, including the bestseller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." He holds a divinity degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is now a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is perhaps best known to the public as host of the CNN documentary series "Believer," which was canceled last summer as a direct result of Aslan's profane tweets attacking President Trump. 

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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131 House Dems Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal

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More than 100 House Democrats joined with Republicans to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc)

  • "Instead of a blueprint for peace and security, this NDAA continues the practice of endless war with no input or oversight from our congressional leaders," lamented Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
  • Related: Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex

 

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams 

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https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/3134323442_b83308b3e8.jpgThursday, May 24, 2018 While the world responds with alarm over President Donald Trump's spontaneous decision to cancel diplomatic talks with North Korea scheduled for next month—which aimed to ease rising nuclear tensions—131 Democrats in the U.S. House joined with the overwhelming majority of Republicans to pass a $717 billion Pentagon spending bill that includes massive expansion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.



 


"The overwhelming cost of unnecessary and aggressive military invasions could be better spent at home meeting human needs."

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 authorizes the development of new low-yield submarine-launched nuclear warheads that the Trump administration demanded in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which was released in February and denounced by disarmament advocates as "radical" and "extreme."

 

Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex,  Zain Raza, AcTVism 

 

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  • The terrible "balanced budget amendment" didn't pass but we can not ignore the fact that 233 Representatives in the House voted to steal $2.9 trillion from Social Security's surplus.
  • That's our money and we need to vote them out in November.

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Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

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  • A window into a tempting tendency in human nature.
  • Related: The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Horsey%20%7C%20The%20Spirit%20of%20Libertarianism%20copy.jpg May 11, 2018 | I once had a conversation with a libertarian friend who insisted that freedom was the answer to everything, ironic since he was getting married the following week.

“Freedom to have sex with others while married?” I asked.

“Of course not,” he said.

Jeremy Sherman researches how the living interpret, from their cradle at the origin of life to our current grave situation.  What advice would you give other teachers considering a strike?

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The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians, David Horsey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer | WA

One way or another, if the problems of a city, a state or a nation are neglected, those problems will spread and eventually end up on everyone's doorstep. Forget empathy, generosity, humanitarianism or Christian charity. Be selfish, but still grasp this hard truth: Taxes are anarchy insurance, the fee we pay to guarantee we don't lose it all.

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Special Report | Message to Trump devotees: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump salutes during a welcome ceremony at U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), on Nov. 3 in Aiea, Hawaii. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

  • Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump
  • If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch.
  • Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well
  • I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

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Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch. That poses a risk for the country. Because the only thing more dangerous than a cult leader is a cult leader facing martyrdom.

Reza Aslan, Los Angeles (CA) Times 

Nov 06, 2017 | I am not the first person to point this out: There’s been a cultish quality to President Trump’s most ardent supporters. He seemed to acknowledge the phenomenon when he boasted that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose voters.

Throughout the campaign, and in personal appearances since then, Trump has harnessed the kind of emotional intensity from his base that is more typical of a religious revival meeting than a political rally, complete with ritualized communal chants ("Lock her up!").

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Reza%20Aslan.jpgReza Aslan is an Iranian-American author, public intellectual, religious studies scholar, producer, and television host.

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Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well

Like Aslan, I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

Gary Dolgin, Letters to the Editor, Los Angeles (CA) Times

Nov 11, 2017 | Really, has there ever been a time when religious voters have exerted such formidable influence? They seem doubtful of the authenticity and depth of President Trump's palely professed faith. But all's forgiven, so long as he pretends to do their God's bidding.

It's no mystery why Trump, for all his bungling, has seen his approval ratings stay close to 40%. That's about the same percentage of Americans who cling to faith-favored creationism. If one disdains evolutionary evidence to believe that the world, including humans and dinosaurs, was created just 10,000 years ago, then he's credulous enough to believe Trump's lies.

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Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP, Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/photo_1365284396401-1-0_0.jpg?itok=Wi4tG-dIRick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, speaks on September 26, 2008 in New York. The youngest son of prominent US evangelical preacher Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness.

  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

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