“Cautious Affirmation” of Augustine (toward a “Theology of Occupy) #occuppytheology cc: @james_ka_smith

I was just in a mini-stream on Twitter with @james_ka_smith ,  where I tried to re-open the topic re: the church and the Occupy movement.   I had tweeted a while back to JKA on this,  but it didn’t seem to spark much interest on his part.  He and I had done a bit of back and forth back in 2005-06 Continue Reading

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God REALLY is neither a Democrat NOR a Republican HT @BrianMerritt #OWS #OccupyChurch

I totally agree with my friend Brian here: In the end if they break ways with Christ’s teachings we are required to break with them as well and speak truth in love http://indefinitedefiniteness.org/2012/09/07/politics/ And saying such things just scares the bejeebies out of so many of my “secular” friends.  They just can’t seem to grasp the idea that the “theocracy” ideas Continue Reading

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Hedges on the lessons of Easter Island #OWS #OccupyChurch #occupyTheology

I blogged on this a couple weeks ago,  as I recoiled at the inane thesis of a WIRED article about “conspiracy theories” such as global warning. The modern belief by evangelical Christians in the rapture, which does not exist in biblical literature, is no less fantastic, one that at once allows for the denial of global warming and of evolution Continue Reading

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Whose World is Most Worth Perpetuating? Mertitocracy’s Crony-ism HT @ChrisLHayes @DemocracyNow

in this video, Chris Hayes talks about the way elites and their clubs stick together vs even the people they ostensibly are there to serve  (priests in Catholic Church vs their parishoners,  or the government and corporations vs thier constituents and/or customers). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDaFVjaZr7w&feature=plcp This is a good angle also for the financial system,  and for a headlong dive into many Continue Reading

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Bush Official, in Book, Tells of Pressure on ’04 Vote – NYTimes.com

As  if this surprises us.  Just something to file to trot out for the obligatory dismissal of Tom Ridge as part of the liberal conspiracy (even though he was a Bush administration apointee) Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise Continue Reading

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A Blast from the past

Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington in April 2006: “Let’s review the rules. Here’s how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell-check and go home. Get to know your Continue Reading

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Dear Remaining SuperDelegates

You MUST vote Obama,  if you value the morale of the Democratic party into the foreseeable future.  Hillary is the nightmare fulfillment of all of Obama’s calls to end the politics of cynicism and attacks.  I am beginning to question whether I will be able to vote for her if she is the nominee.  The young people in this country,  Continue Reading

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I know, I’m WAY too INTO this

My last post shows how I am ,  in light of my previous posts in praise of the conversations about Obama’s “Change you can believe in” and Charlie Pardue’s post and David Fitch’s post and the comments,  WAY too interested in all this Obama vs Hillary stuff. But I can’t help LIKING Obama and NOT wanting Hillary to remain viable.  Continue Reading

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‘Believing’ in Barack

I mentioned this post of Charlie’s earlier this week.  I think this post raises something that is certainly (or should be) an issue with American Christians. His values overlap with my own more than any other major candidate I’ve seen in my lifetime. I really hope that Barack is elected president. But I won’t be voting for him. I won’t Continue Reading

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SuperDelegates and Democracy

Charlie has the same reaction to this as I do.  These are “establishment” people with some sort of “check” on the movement Obama has amongst the fed up in this country.  Hillary has the gall to start calling Obama the “establishment” (which I thought a bit funny considering who SHE is,  and what the Clinton Administration in the 90’s was,  Continue Reading

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Jim Wallis’ New Book

I received the email from sojomail informing me of the appearance of Jim on the Daily Show (er….sorry….A Daily Show),  so I watched.  I had been interested to read what , after 4 years of God’s Politics ,  was to be the next emphasis.  What Jim said to Jon sounded somewhat the same,  but perhaps I’ve heard all of this Continue Reading

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Style over Substance

I have heard so little in the way of substance,  that it is style that has me most rankled about this Democratic race.  I had a preference for Edwards,  and early on,  for Biden (who nobody knows).  I liked Edwards solely on his stump speeches,  and his focus on anti-corporatism and the poor.  I have no idea how much he Continue Reading

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Elections Yes! Selections No!

This is what mass demonstrations in Iraq had people shouting.  We NEVER heard this in the US Media.  But  there were massive mobilizations against what proved to be , for Iraqis,  the REAL face of the occupation;  that of selling off their factories and providers of their infrastructure to for-profit-only foreign corporations. By way of blowing out of the water Continue Reading

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A conversation with Bill Maher – Charlie Rose

This is a really good interview.   I like Bill Maher a lot,  except for one thing.  He’s very much like Christopher Hitchens in his attitudes and apparent perspectives on religious people.  He is totally dismissive and pigeon-hole/ing toward them.  I would love to have a conversation with him on that score,  because I appreciate so much of the other things Continue Reading

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