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1) False Superiority Syndrome: A Terrible Disease of the European White Mind
2) Delusion: Ben Carson Thinks Saul Alinsky Worshipped the Devil
3) Understanding the Context for Preaching
4) Journalists Must Treat Trump Differently

Article  by Alec MacGillis:  Waste people. Rubbish. Clay-eaters. Hillbillies. Two new books that reckon with the long, bleak history of the country’s white poor suggest their plight shouldn’t have caught the country off guard.  8/5/2016

Article  by Amy Goodman:  Dr. Jill Stein is another woman running for president. Read this very interesting debate between Chris Hedges and Robert Reich about whether to vote for Stein or Clinton.  8/4/2016

Article  by Harold Meyerson:  Lower income white males have lots of reasons to be angry these days, but they are wrong to blame their problems on poor people, blacks, or immigrants. Trump is manipulating their minds, like Limbaugh  8/4/2016

Article  by Tom Gjelten:  Hillory Clinton and Tim Kaine are driven by their faith in the 'Social Gospel', a Protestant inspired publlic theology articulated by Walter Rauschenbusch  8/4/2016

Article  by Elizabeth Anderson:  Republican leaders tend to think of social insurance as a socialist or communist scheme designed to undermine private property and free markets. Wrong. Here is a full conceptual analysis from history.  8/3/2016

Article  by William Barber:  North Carolina NAACP President and founder of the people protest 'Moral Monday', William Barber, speaks of justice and peace and mercy in a powerful way. Here is the transcript.  7/30/2016

Article  by Mark Joseph Stern:  Khizr Khan, a Muslim whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, died in Iraq serving in the Army, said Donald J. Trump sacrificed nothing and no one.  7/30/2016

Article  by Peter Wehner:  A conservative scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center says 'In rallying round Mr. Trump, evangelicals have walked into a trap. The rest of the world sees it. Why don’t they?'  7/29/2016

Article  by Carla Seaquist:  A review of Thomas Frank's new book, 'Listen, Liberal' should be taken seriously as the Democrats hold their national convention.  7/27/2016

Article  by Kristin Du Mez:  This is an excellent, brief history of how religion has influenced the first female presidential candidate, both her Methodist faith and Republican background.  7/26/2016

Article  by Bill Fletcher, Jr.:  Gabriel Thompson's new biography of the legendary community organizer shows his similarities and differences with Saul Alinsky and Cesar Chavez, including the persoanl life of the organizer.  7/26/2016

Article  by Hua Hsu:  Read this to understand why poor whites are supporting Donald Trump. Reference here to Robert P. Jones' book 'The End of White Christian America'.  7/22/2016

Article  by David Gushee:  Listen to Dr. David Gushee give an amazing speech on why the church must fully include gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transexual persons. This is a strong, affirming statement. Contempt has to stop.  7/21/2016

Article  by Mike Konczal:  Two new books show how Paul Ryan's ideas from Ayn Rand are so wrong. America has always had a 'mixed economy', both market and state. This article helps understand subsidiarity views today.  7/19/2016

Article  by Andrew Robinson:  The context of economic crisis and rising fascism cast a long, and fatal, shadow over Walter Benjamin's world in the Weimar Republic. This shadow strangely prefigures our own time.  7/16/2016

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Under so-called 'free market' ideology dominant for several decades now, society is being torn apart with racial and class divisions. It has to stop. We want a free society served by a managed economy  7/15/2016

Article  by Hanna Rosin:  The police in Aarhus, Denmark, are using an approach called 'noncomplementary behavior' to reach young Muslim men. What an idea!  7/15/2016

Article  by Stella Sandford:  Here is an interesting discussion of the racial views of Enlightenment figures, especially Lutheran philosopher Immanuel Kant.  7/6/2016

Article  by Deana A. Rohlinger:  The Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling effectively renders unconstitutional abortion restrictions in some two-dozen states, forcing abortion opponents to now play defense.  7/5/2016

Article  by Karen L. Bloomquist:  The World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches have all spoken out against neoliberal mandates causing loss of jobs and dislocation.  7/5/2016

Article  by Karen L. Bloomquist:  Michael Gerson has commented on Face the Nation, 'the Republican Party is in panic; will this now result in a revolt?' Big changes seem possible again now like what happened in the Reformation  7/5/2016

Article  by German Lopez:  The state of Mississippi adopted a religious tyranny bill against gay and lesbian people under the guise of 'religious freedom'. Judge Carlton Reeves saw through it and threw it out. Good for him.  7/4/2016

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Those who say Trump won 'fair and square' are wrong. He didn't win at all. He was given the nomination by the fawning corporate press who couldn't help themselves covering him to make money.  7/3/2016

Article  by William K. Black:  Rejecting the real concerns of the working class, Democrats have adopted the 'creative class' of meritorious professionals as their primary constituency, and have been failing terribly.  7/3/2016

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