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Child Sex Abuse Crisis of the Religious Right Grows, July 18, 2014

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  • We must confront the global sex abuse scandal and address the issues that contribute to the causes of systemic sexual abuse within the Religious Right.
  • Part 1: Calls for Resignation Mount for Minnesota Archbishop in Scandals
  • Part 2: Rubén Rosario: Archbishop Nienstedt needs to go. Now.

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Part 1: Calls for Resignation Mount for Minnesota Archbishop in Scandals

John C. Nienstedt, archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been accused of having sexual relationships and protecting abusive priests. Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, via Associated Press

Laurie Goodstein, New York (NY) Times

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July 15, 2014 | Just two years ago, the Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis was making headlines as a leader in the battle against same-sex marriage. But for the last year and a half, the archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, has been battling to hold onto his post in the face of a series of scandals, which further deepened on Tuesday with the filing of an explosive affidavit by the former chancellor of the archdiocese.

The troubles started in May, 2013, when the accountant for the archdiocese pleaded guilty to stealing more than $670,000 in church funds, and intensified when the chancellor, Jennifer M. Haselberger, quit and went public that autumn with allegations that the archbishop and his inner circle had covered up the actions of pedophile priests in recent years and funneled special payments to them.

Laurie Goodstein: New York Times National Religion Correspondent. Covering the reverent and irreverent since 1993.

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Part 2: Rubén Rosario: Archbishop Nienstedt needs to go. Now. 

 

Archbishop John Nienstedt should step down or if he refuses, be removed from his post.

Rubén Rosario, St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

07/18/2014 | I picked up a summer must-read this past week. It has drama, conflict, intrigue and zips along at 107 pages.

No. It's not "Invisible" by James Patterson, though I really wish it were fiction. This read has a decidedly boring title: "Affidavit of Jennifer M. Haselberger."

Ruben Rosario: Rican born, NYC raised award -winning writer --15 years at the NY Daily News. Joined St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press in 1991 as city editor. Switched to column writing in 1997.

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The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums

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  • 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

Katie McDonough, Salon

 

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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 | The Employment Non-Discrimination Act never really stood a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House during an election year, but it remained a symbolically heavy piece of legislation. And for good reason. It’s a measure that would do the simple but important work of shielding LGBTQ employees from discrimination based on their sexual and/or gender identities. Discrimination that is completely legal in most states. It is a strange and sad thing to be living in a country where something so basic — the right to show up to your probably crappy job — is still being fought over, but here we are. Despite being utterly uncontroversial in its premise and even though LGBTQ groups and individuals fought exhaustively to ensure the strongest and most inclusive version of the bill moved forward, ENDA has languished in congressional purgatory for decades.

But the left may just have killed it, at least in its current form. Because it needed to be killed. This week, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s disastrous and sweeping Hobby Lobby decision, progressive and LGBTQ groups one-by-one withdrew their support from the measure. But far from being demoralizing, there was something electric about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Transgender Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union issuing biting condemnations of the measure’s gaping exemptions for religious organizations, exemptions made all the more gaping by the high court’s decision to grant a religious conscience to 90 percent of the corporations in the United States. The message behind the move was clear: We don’t want a weak ENDA. A version of the bill with wide-ranging exemptions for the very organizations and companies most committed to discriminating against LGBTQ people was pointless, and an insult to those who fought hard for the measure over the last 20 years.

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice.

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Special Project | From the Archives: Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left, George Monbiot, Guardian UK

  • Conservativism may be the refuge of the dim. But the room for rightwing ideas is made by those too timid to properly object.
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington
  • Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes

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Muslim Slaves in America

Today's selection -- from Rebel Music by Hisham D. Aidi. Many slaves in the New World were Muslim, and brought their religious practices with them.

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5/12/14 | In 1501, less than a decade after Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola, Queen Isabella of Spain issued a decree instructing the governor of Hispaniola to ban Jews, Moors, 'New Christians,' and heretics from entering the Americas. The queen had just quelled the Morisco rebellion of Alpujarras (1499-1501), and as Muslims and Jews fled eastward toward the Ottoman Empire, the Spanish monarchs feared that these religious outcasts would board ships in Seville and escape to the Americas. The last thing Ferdinand and Isabella wanted was for their centuries-old battle with Islam to continue in the New World. And they took great measures to ban the importation of Muslims. Several church decrees, cedulas, were passed (in 1501, 1532, 1543, 1550, and 1577) to stop the flow of 'white slaves' (esclavos blancos), as Moors were called, and to deport those who had trickled into the New World. The Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors saw the Moors as 'agents of Islam,' 'intractable and rebellious,' and feared their radicalizing influence over West African slaves.

"But Moorish women did not face the same persecution. In 1512, King Ferdinand issued an order to send moriscas to the Americas in order to avoid 'carnal relations between the colonists and native women.' Spanish and Portuguese officials issued licenses to have these mujeres publicas ('fallen women') transported from Iberia to the Americas to serve in brothels. No sooner had they arrived than the colonists established these casas publicas throughout the Americas. In 1526, Charles I authorized the establishment of a brothel of moriscas ('casa de prostitutas blancas') in San Juan, Puerto Rico, again to avoid mixing between Spaniards and indigenous women. The demand for Moorish women actually made the Church decrees difficult to implement. In 1543, when an order calling for the deportation of enslaved Moors was issued, settlers in Hispaniola requested its annulment, 'because slaves and free persons from this background were few and very useful in a variety of occupations.' The order was rescinded in 1550.5/12/14 | In 1501, less than a decade after Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola, Queen Isabella of Spain issued a decree instructing the governor of Hispaniola to ban Jews, Moors, 'New Christians,' and heretics from entering the Americas. The queen had just quelled the Morisco rebellion of Alpujarras (1499-1501), and as Muslims and Jews fled eastward toward the Ottoman Empire, the Spanish monarchs feared that these religious outcasts would board ships in Seville and escape to the Americas. The last thing Ferdinand and Isabella wanted was for their centuries-old battle with Islam to continue in the New World. And they took great measures to ban the importation of Muslims. Several church decrees, cedulas, were passed (in 1501, 1532, 1543, 1550, and 1577) to stop the flow of 'white slaves' (esclavos blancos), as Moors were called, and to deport those who had trickled into the New World. The Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors saw the Moors as 'agents of Islam,' 'intractable and rebellious,' and feared their radicalizing influence over West African slaves.

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Addicted To War – The 12 Step Solution

  • Love, tolerance, and service to our fellow man are the hallmarks of 12 Step fellowships, and these principles can and will free us from the bondage of man’s selfish, self-centered, and addictive behaviors if we want that freedom badly enough.
  • What else do you have?

 

Johnny F, Peace Anonymous

 

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Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg  Monday, 12 May 2014 | 12 Step programs are recognized as the world’s most effective tools in dealing with addictions. Why would  the Steps not work for man’s addiction to war? Well meaning peace organizations and anti-war groups don’t often talk of America’s obvious addiction to war. Perhaps it is because they don’t understand the realm of addiction or perhaps they don’t understand the solution. But rooted in the ego our leaders have developed a bottomless hole they can never fill up and I understand that feeling implicitly.

Mankind has no “natural” enemies. We are not born with an instinctive desire to kill our neighbors. The spiritual malady to do harm to others is a learned behavior and American President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of that when discussing the U.S. Military Industrial Complex stating, “We create enemies so there is someone to buy our bombs.” Today we know, beyond all doubt, political and corporate leaders do “create” enemies, in order to “create” war. Corporations profit in billions by selling weapons and, as a result of invasions, gain control of the “enemies” natural resources, primarily oil and drugs. The evidence indicates the more unstable and damaging the world is for the global community, the more profitable it is for the few who profit from war. Do we really want those who profit from war involved in the decision making process of going to war?

Johnny F: Recovering alcoholic, former oil industry employee and current peace activist

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