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by Ed Knudson

1) Protestants Need a Pope
2) R.R. Reno at First Things is Disappointed by Pope Francis
3) Matt Taibbi on the GOP Clown Car
4) Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation
5) Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe
6) The Republican Party has become an Agent of Southern Religion, Racism and Anti-Unionism

Article  by Hillary Clinton:  This democratic candidate shares her Methodist faith concerning stewardship of creation, sees the earth as our 'common home' in the words of Pope Francis.  9/25/2015

Article  by Pope Francis:  No religious figure has so strongly influenced the public moral sphere recently in this country as Pope Francis in this major address to congress. Read the text here.  9/24/2015

Article  by Ed Knudson:  The mainline denominations need to now understand themselves as 'New Protestants' over against a reactionary Southern form of Christianity or the 'religious right'. We have a new important mission.  9/23/2015

Article  by Dave Zirin:  Green Bay beat the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday leading Aaron Rodgers to comment on last year's claim of Russell Wilson that a higher power was on his side.  9/22/2015

Article  by Chris Hedges:  The new leader of Britain's Labour Party represents the kind of substantive policy direction needed in the U.S., against militarism and for economic justice, support for the arts, public institutions.  9/14/2015

Article  by Lauren McCauley:  I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse.  9/14/2015

Article  The National Council of Churches echoes and endorses the call of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service for the US Government to open its borders to 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year.  9/14/2015

Article  by Mark Stoll:  Personal political philosophy should be based on actual history. The civil war has not ended. The Obama presidency proves how strong racism remains. The South has never given up and remains powerful.  9/12/2015

Article  by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig:  Here is a thoughtful interpretation of how the religious right has come to be and its association with racial exclusion.  9/10/2015

Article  by Evan Osnos:  Fifty-six percent of the Tea Party support him, along with white nationalists, far-right extremists, and frustrated workers. Trump is leading a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.  9/7/2015

Article  Just when we need really new good ideas for the American economy, the Republican Party is going whacko, losing its grip on any reality except anger and hostility. Consider these proposals.  9/7/2015

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Moral breakdown in America is not caused by people on welfare but by the most powerful business leaders today. That's why politics is so polarized and broken. A big new movement is necessary.  9/7/2015

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Hitler used intense ethnic hatred and appealed to Germanic superiority through violence. Trump is using intense and explicit racism to emotionally manipulate voters. Image by George Hall.  9/3/2015

Article  by Annysa Johnson:  In the Republican campaign Donald Trump is not the only candidate using hateful terminology for whole ethnic groups. Politics based on race and religious hatred should be rejected.  9/2/2015

Article  by Robert Parry:  In a world of crashing global stock markets, it is good to remember that Neocon-driven ideology of endless chaos carries a prohibitively high price. Rethink wars and Ukraine and Middle East.  8/25/2015

Article  Some Jewish organizations oppose the Iran nuclear deal, but they do not represent a majority of the Jewish community. Key leaders in both the Christian and Jewish community support the deal.  8/25/2015

Article  Christian churches around the world will again observe the ecumenical Time for Creation (1 September to 4 October), this year bolstered by Pope Francis’s recent proclamation.  8/20/2015

Article  by Alisa Opar:  Wildfires may be harming the health of people who live hundreds or thousands of miles from the flames. Narrow individualistic political theory cannot begin to take account of these realities.  8/14/2015

Article  by John Dean:  Without question, Trump is the most prototypical authoritarian leader to ever so prominently seek the American presidency. He will destroy the Republican Party if successful and its racist base.  8/14/2015

Article  by Yolanda Pierce:  Real Christian theology should know that the truth of a society is revealed from the experience of its least powerful members. Reflections one year after the killing of Michael Brown.  8/13/2015

Article  by Ryan Lugalia-Hollon:  As a discipline, urban planning is dedicated to understanding and addressing the complex problems of the city. Yet public safety is rarely taken up as a sphere of concern.  8/6/2015

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Since the 1980s, millions and millions of Americans lost their jobs, their savings, their homes. Now 79% say government is run by a few big interests looking after themselves.  8/4/2015

Article  by Michael O'Loughlin:  Trump's comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico has riled US Catholic bishops. About 41 percent of the US Catholic Church identifies as Hispanic. 75 percent of Latinos view Trump unfavorably.  8/4/2015

Article  by Jen Gunteris:  An OB/GYN explains how medically incorrect language is used to distort the facts. Use of such videos to inflame the public is a kind of vicious terrorism.  7/23/2015

Article  by Thomas Gumbleton:  A Roman Catholic bishop sees the compassion of Jesus in the work of Barack Obama to negotiate with the leaders of Iran and understand why the Iranian people have reason to be concerned about the U.S.  7/23/2015

Article  by Sheldon Richmond:  A review of 'The Lure of Technocracy' by Jurgen Habermas. More democratic processes in Europe are needed with sharing of wealth and power. Martin Buber is featured.  7/21/2015

Article  by Harold Meyerson:  Southern religious expression still dominates the public context. And the Southern labor system (slave labor, low pay) has been moving north due to a Southernized Republican Party.  7/20/2015

Article  by Michael Kimmelman:  The death of Eric Garner one year ago on a New York street is not just an issue of policing, but of public space, real estate, and urban renewal. The social use of public space is influenced by race.  7/19/2015

Article  by Denise Oliver Velez:  The president lifts up the black church and liberation theology in Charleston, South Carolina, where racism recently resulted in another mass killing. The Confederate flag and slavery are wrong.  7/15/2015

Article  by Michael Curry:  A sermon by the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry of North Carolina, elected Presiding Bishop at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church on July 3, 2015.  7/13/2015

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