Monday, April 12
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Outside your comfort zone

Am I Really Gonna Have To Say This Yet Again?

Am I Really Gonna Have To Say This Yet Again?

14th Amendment, Abrahamic Traditions, activism, autonomy, bigotry, Christianity, Church, citizenship, civics, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Education, Equality, Evangelicalism, faith, Family, First Amendment, Fundamentalism, God, Ideology, justice, Minorities, multiculturalism, Outside your comfort zone, progressive politics, Rationality, Secularity, separation of Church and State, Supreme Court, theocracy, Tolerance, Trump, Uncategorized
Well … apparently … yes … According to Patheos , the Washington Post recently published a story about how a report from the Council for National Policy (CNP), a hard-core conservative group with deep ties to the Trump Administration, including newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, has published a manifesto advocating explicit instruction in Christianity into the Nation’s school classrooms by leveraging home schooling and religious schools to "decouple" the process of education from government support.  The Post story asserts: A policy manifesto from an influential conservative group with ties to the Trump administration, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, urges the dismantling of the Education Department and bringing God into American classrooms. The five-page...
OK … 1-2-3 … Start Chanting “Godwin! Godwin! Godwin!”

OK … 1-2-3 … Start Chanting “Godwin! Godwin! Godwin!”

activism, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Change, Christianity, citizenship, civics, Compassion, conservatism, critical judgment, culture, entering into suffering, Evangelicalism, faithfulness, Fundamentalism, hate, Ideology, immigration, justice, listen, Outside your comfort zone, peace and justice, political rhetoric, Politics, Presidency, progressive politics, Rationality, reconciliation, Resistance, social justice, Surrender, Trump, Uncategorized
If there are any Trump supporters reading this, I urgently advise you, before you read any farther, to place across both knees a large book like Gray’s Anatomy or the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary, because I can guarantee that at some point, your knee will jerk, which could cause you to kick your coffee table over or result in a shoe flying off your foot and through your TV screen. There … you have been warned. (You might also reflexively shout in a Terminator or Robbie-the-Robot voice “Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law”, but unless you disturb your neighbors, no harm / no foul.) Why? Because this “Skeptic’s” column is about parallels, which I insist are neither gratuitous nor imaginary nor fictitious, between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. I would also recommend that y...
Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

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Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person.  And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting incidents or natural disasters.  So today I would like you to put yourself, through your imagination and pictures, in places you might be uncomfortable with.  I have chosen three pictures only two are images that may disturb you or make you uncomfortable.  The third is a quiet scene and I would like you to ask compare your feelings of that scene with the others. This is not my usual spiritual practice but using our imagination to be in a place of comfort or discomfort is...