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by Ed Knudson

1) Where Your Tax Dollar Goes
2) Talking It Through
3) False Community Consciousness and Local Radio
4) Politicians Can Use Nostalgia to Manipulate the Minds and Hearts of People
5) Two Forms of Governance: Big Corporations Want to Snoop about Your Internet Behavior
6) Obamacare is Not Imploding, Can Be Improved
7) The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency
8) An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism
9) Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump
10) Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself
11) Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans
12) Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People
13) Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election
14) Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime
15) White People are Hurting Themselves
16) Basic Civics Lesson for Libertarians
17) Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim
18) Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos
19) Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square
20) Trump is Using Immigrants as a Political Scapegoat: Very Bad
21) To Dominate Politics, Business Needs Religious Extremism
22) No Vision or Leadership from National Council of Churches
23) Post-Factual Politics
24) Trump May Want a Terrorist Attack
25) For the Right Wing: Only Christians Deserve Religious Freedom
26) Where Are the Reverends in Justice Movements?
27) Trump is Centralizing Power: Resist Fascism

Article  by Daniel Burke:  Here is something that should happen across America, explicit services of repentance and healing for the sin of slavery.  4/20/2017

Article  by Leona Foxx:  Here is help from a former CIA operative and Lutheran pastor for those of you thinking about faith and science, with discussion of Ted Peters' new book, 'God in Cosmic History'.  4/16/2017

Article  by Ira Chernus:  Reflection on the 1960s helps formulate best practices for resistance movements today. Herbert Marcuse, Martin Luther King and the anti-Vietnam War movement provide some clues.  4/16/2017

Article  by Jonathan Freedland:  It is strange a Russian atheist has become so important to American conservatives. Raw selfishness is not much of a political philosophy, but it does help justify business practices of greed.  4/12/2017

Article  by William E. Scheuerman:  European Union and world governmental structures are just two issues discussed in this review of a biography by Stefan Müller-Doohm on the important political philosophy of Jürgen Habermas.  4/12/2017

Article  by Elissa Strauss:  Fetal personhood bills are gaining steam—but many religious and scientific ethicists, as well as women, see the path to personhood as a gradual one.  4/4/2017

Article  by Arthur Waskow:  In one of his most significant speeches, Dr. King said he could not call for racial equality without also calling on his own government to stop being 'the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.'  3/31/2017

Article  by Nika Knight:  Understanding public consciousness these days is difficult. Conservative claims seem dominate. But see this truth. Vast numbers of people oppose budget cuts.  3/24/2017

Article  by Gary Dorrien:  Here are some comments by the author of an important new book on the black social gospel and how it influenced the most important religious figure of the 20th century, Martin Luther King.  3/22/2017

Article  by Sarah Posner:  Southern Baptist Russell Moore has opposed the alt-right white nationalism, anti-immigrant program of Trump, but this article tells truth of why 81% of religious right voted for him. It's racism.  3/21/2017

Article  by Andrea Germanos:  Addressing the crisis in the U.S. entails enacting campaign finance reform; reducing inequality by expanding the social safety net and funding of health and education.  3/20/2017

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  Lent is a time for justice, time for water justice. It is time for us who are here and all human beings to stop resisting justice. We cannot in the long run stop justice, as we cannot stop the river.  3/20/2017

Article  by Clint Schnekloth:  Maybe what we are seeing 'is the end of white America as we know it... it's violent, contorted, last gasping breaths' along with its false theology.  3/16/2017

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches speaks in Geneva about the meaning of believing in one God. It means we understand ourselves as 'one humanity'.  3/16/2017

Article  by John Feffer:  While some hope Trump will bring a libertarian utopia, his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is promising to deconstruct the administrative state, or what could be a dystopian nightmare.  3/13/2017

Article  by Daniel Marans:  The evidence was there all along, according to a top Democratic pollster. There has been 'a hardening of white attitudes toward people of color.' It's not just economics, it's racial hatred.  3/11/2017

Article  Dr Olav Fykse Tveit says new law is a shockingly regressive law against those calling for a boycott of Israel or its settlements.  3/9/2017

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Without evidence, a delusional, sexual predator of a president tweets lies about President Obama and calls him names ater reading right wing radio sources. This country is in serious trouble now.  3/8/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Trump is creating a police state aimed at black and brown people because racists elected him. This fact must be faced squarely in order to know the realistic stakes of politics these days. Not normal.  3/3/2017

Article  by Jeff Bryant:  New education secretary, Betsy DeVos, wants to fund religious schools through vouchers and tax credits. But these schools teach false Christiantiy, that Africans are inferior, that 'liberals' are bad.  3/3/2017

Article  by Karen E. Park:  Without taking responsibility, Donald Trump sends a warrior to his death, then uses the wife of Ryan Owens to absolve himself of his sin. Outrageous blasphemy.  3/1/2017

Article  by George Lakey:  The United States could go fascist. But that will not happen if we choose the practical steps taken by progressive Nordic social movements: equality, individual freedom, and shared abundance.  2/28/2017

Article  by Leo Gerard:  Workers know from bitter experience that CEOs don’t have their best interests in mind. TPP and NAFTA were drafted by CEOs, not workers. New studies support workers' views.  2/28/2017

Article  by Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr.:  Stamding Rock may be a case of the church perpetuating injustices rather than engaging in solidarity with victims of injustice. Be careful church.  2/23/2017

Article  by Nelson Lichtenstein:  Donald Trump's attack on immigrants is going to re-energize and solidify the immigrant community and their supporters like nothing before. Protestants need to help in every way they can.  2/23/2017

Article  by Timothy Snyder:  Donald J. Trump is not just another Republican president. He is not normal. He is a danger to the Republic. 'I think things have tightened up very fast, we have at most a year to defend the Republic.'  2/13/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Trump was possible because democratic institutions have already failed us, been eviscerated by corporate power. This time, people, we must do it ourselves.  2/13/2017

Article  by Paula Chertok:  Beginning as a student protest in a public square (Maidan), a people's Revolution of Dignity changed Ukraine in 93 days, culminating in the ousting of Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych.  2/10/2017

Article  by Bill Moyers:  CNN is not a network liked by Donald Trump. He is always complaining about it. But it, with the others, let him lie at will, along with Kellyanne Conway and others.  2/9/2017

Article  by Stanley Hauerwas:  One of the nation's most important Christian ethicists makes it perfectly clear that Trump has definite religious beliefs, but they are not Christian. Read this today. Beliefs have consequences.  2/4/2017

Article  by Jerome Burce:  Pastors: Here is an excellent introduction to a very practical public theology, written by a pastor for pastors of the Crossings community. He addresses Stanley Hauerwas and David Brooks.  2/4/2017

Article  by Munib A. Younan:  The Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land sends Trump a letter. Jesus himself was a refugee.  2/2/2017

Article  Statement Issued by the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section. Christians fulfill their faith as Christians only when we live for others.  2/2/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  The Democratic Party is debating identity politics versus economic justice. Here are some thoughts based on a story my father told about prejudice and living as a minority.  2/2/2017

Article  by Nancy Fraser:  What we face, with Trump, is an interregnum, an open and unstable situation in which hearts and minds are up for grabs. In this situation, there is not only danger but also opportunity.  1/30/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  The Christian right’s magical thinking will merge seamlessly with Trump’s magical thinking. Idiocy, self-delusion, megalomania, fantasy and government repression will come wrapped in Christian images.  1/30/2017

Article  by Steven Rosenfeld:  The executive orders against immigrants include setting up concentration camps and using local police to round people up. Trump is creating public disorder and social strife and must be stopped.  1/30/2017

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