“God will protect us from bad things” & American Nationalism #rape #freemarket #climate #OWS

This whole rape can’t cause pregnancy thing has me thinking abou the tentacles of this current of “God will protect us from ourselves” mentality of the right wing (both the political and the theological).  The notion that God won’t let pregnancies happen from rape is a form of this.  The “free market fundamentalism” is a form of this (and also,  Continue Reading

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Don’t Let them Get Away with it AGAIN!

 What was that saying that Bush totally bungled?  “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice,  shame on me”.  Well,  it’s going to be tested.  We’ve seen the start of it already.  And one of the sources for this story is a Republican who calls this attempt to start a war with Iran “Lunacy”. Test Marketing If there were Continue Reading

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The Mountaintop » Common Sense

Amen , Steve.  While the other candidates are talking about under what circumstances the use of nuclear weapons should be “on the table,” Edwards and Kucinich are willing to stick their necks out and confront the patent immorality of continuing to possess weapons which could annihilate the entire world in the span of an hour. And so continue our other Continue Reading

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This is "why they hate us"

Not the inane blather fed to us by the Bush administration (“they hate our freedoms”, etc.),  but rather,  crap like this: SANGIN, Afghanistan — A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it Continue Reading

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Chris Hedges – MDiv

I didn’t realize that Chris Hedges, author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning has an MDiv from Harvard Divinity.  discovered in Chris Hedges – Bio In an article written ABOUT Hedges in the National Catholic Reporter: “I am not a pacifist,” he said in an interview from his home in New Jersey. “I wish I was but Continue Reading

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Hedges: War is a force that gives us meaning

   From the introduction (don’t know which page,  but it’s probably the first or second page of the intro,  judging from its location in the audio version…..update: page 5 ,  according to this PDF file) I like the premise of this book (well,  given the subject matter,  “Like” is not the best term), but here Hedges gives us some “reality” to Continue Reading

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Challenging the Great American Myth

 Charlie Pardue with an excellent post , responding to a YouTube entry from Mike Gravel about soldiers dying in vain in Iraq and Vietnam.  The candidates challenged that,  based solely on the fact that they’re doing their duty, obeying the commander in chief.  How shallow. The “commander in chief” has some sacred power to determine what is worthy to die Continue Reading

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Taking Life in Order to Save it?

“Destroying human life in the hopes of saving life is not ethical.” – President Bush from yesterday’s press conference regarding stem cell research.Yesterday, I posted my mild fury regarding Bush making claims about the importance of life regarding stem cells while he wages a pointless and baseless war in another land.Today, I’m convinced that he is a some kind of Continue Reading

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Pentecost or Memorial Day?

 Pastor John Wright with thoughts on the question I was exploring yesterday: Did churches pay more attention to Memorial Day than they did Pentecost? The celebration of the Gulf War in the churches lowered the ability of the churches to resist an unprovoked war called on at the very least ambiguous data, the result of an elective policy rather than Continue Reading

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Edwards’ "insensitive" move | Salon.com

 This is a pretty weak and naive argument.  It assumes that the “solemn commemoration” precludes dissent,  or that if a war is so blatantly wrong that “commemoration” doesn’t involve some sort of call to “snap out of it” and quit being political cowards, and speak up Despite the shortcomings of the Legion, however, its anger over what Edwards is doing Continue Reading

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National Idolatry of TBN

No surprise,  but I am always amazed when I hear things like this.  What utter darkness these people have accepted as “light”,  so totally unaware that they have failed to recognize those who posture themselves as “light” and then proceed to sow darkness and “inflict freedom” and get away with it by calling it freedom and hiding “freedom’s consequences to Continue Reading

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Cheney Frustrated With Bush?

 Disturbing stuff about Cheney via Informed Comment The zinger of this information is the admission by this Cheney aide that Cheney himself is frustrated with President Bush and believes, much like Richard Perle, that Bush is making a disastrous mistake by aligning himself with the policy course that Condoleezza Rice, Bob Gates, Michael Hayden and McConnell have sculpted. According to Continue Reading

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God Causes All Things That The US does to work Together For the Good?

 This is the direction Wiegel leans with this fantastic “observation”: Yet, he concedes, it’s not completely beyond the realm of moral and political possibility that “a misguided military intervention or a preventive war fought before its time might nonetheless end with the displacement of a brutal regime and the construction of a decent one.” Wiegel suggests that “even if we Continue Reading

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"Goals" of the Use of Force?

Continued amazement at the utter capitulation on of this “theologian”  to secular bastardizations of just war theory.  The secular just-war theorist Michael Walzer has been proposing for some years that there is another leg, so to speak, on the just-war stool: a ius post bellum (as Walzer styles it), a set of moral criteria for defining the peace to be Continue Reading

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