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1) John Caputo On Divine Sovereignty and the Weakness of God
2) A Corrupt Form of Christianity is Destroying the Republican Party
3) President Obama: 'We are Easter People'
4) Evangelicals are Not Voting Trump, Jacksonians Are
5) The Modern War on Drugs Began as Nixon's Racist Assault on Black People
6) Listen to a Black Man Standing Silently at a Trump Rally
7) Who Should be President? Strict Father or Nurturing Parent
8) Trump is a Fraud Who is Playing the American People as Suckers, Says Romney

Article  by Robert Kagan:  Donald Trump is a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, but an entire national political party falls into line.  5/23/2016

Article  by David Hoskins:  Nicolas Maduro declared a constitutional state of emergency in that country. Right wing capitalists are trying undo the revolution that brought material hope to so many.  5/18/2016

Article  by Carl Raschke:  Hillary Clinton's announcement that she will use her husband for economic advice is a terribly serious mistake. She must pivot fast toward a position of economic justice for white working people.  5/18/2016

Article  Theologian Kathyrn Tanner is giving the Gifford Lectures this year. She is saying that religious faith today needs to help undermine the legitimacy of the current form capitalism has taken  5/7/2016

Article  by Robert Borosage:  Jim Winkler of the NCC and Simone Campbell of Network social justice lobby are leading an interfaith alliance calling on presidential candidates to pledge moral action on the economy, a living wage.  4/4/2016

Article  by Gordon Marino:  Joe Biden has faced much grief in his life and found some help in the words of Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard.  4/2/2016

Article  by Valerie Tarico:  Filmmaker Dawn Porter in the movie 'Trapped' pays tribute to the abortion providers of the Deep South. Many see this as a ministry. It is the anti-abortion advocates who are hysterical, anti-Christian  4/2/2016

Article  by Ed Knudson:  A Maundy Thursday sermon at Augustana Lutheran, Oregon. Jesus washes feet. References to violence in 20th century, in Brussels, and at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by anti-federal government zealots.  3/26/2016

Article  by Thom Hartmann:  People are demanding an 'outsider' in this election, someone who listens to real people, not the upper class. Thomas Frank's book on liberals helps point to a crisis of representation in America.  3/21/2016

Article  by Stephen Prothero:  The so-called 'evangelicals' have been taken over by hostile political ideologies which haven't delivered on abortion, same-sex marriage or much else. Ted Cruz is a Dominionist joke.  3/18/2016

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Since Lenoir-Rhyne is a Lutheran university Bishop Timothy Marcus Smith did not want anyone to get the impression Lutherans endorsed Donald Trump.  3/16/2016

Article  by Sam Levin:  The Burns standoff was no little protest. It was an act of domestic terrorism. These militia crusaders terrorized a town brandishing weapons and threatening violence.  3/15/2016

Article  by Joe Iosbaker:  Read this to see how Chicago students successfully organized a protest against Trump hate and shut down his campaign. It wasn't Bernie Sanders. It was students at the University of Illinois at Chicago  3/14/2016

Article  by Thomas Frank:  Much of capitalism, or 'neoliberalism,' has truly failed working folks and doing severe damage to the country as a whole. Trump opposes free trade, and bad wars. Liberals can learn something here.  3/10/2016

Article  by Nika Knight:  A coalition of social justice groups in Scotland looks at the economic and ecological dangers of corporate mega banks and mounts an argument for democratic reform.  3/10/2016

Article  by Richard W. Gillett:  Nuremberg, a historic medieval city, was widely known in the 1930s as the most pro-Nazi city in Germany. Visiting there recently the author was reminded of the Republican presidential candidate.  3/7/2016

Article  by George Lakoff:  Here is help understanding why Trump is winning despite some strange views among white evangelicals, free market conservatives, and pragmatic libertarians and the role of political incorrectness.  3/3/2016

Article  by Randall Balmer:  Reporters should know, if racism is America's original sin, politically conservative evangelicals, neglecting the best of their tradition, have been loath in recent years to seek redemption.  3/3/2016

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