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The Heights of Hypocrisy

I read in USA Today that President Obama is going to use the Bibles of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. to swear on when he is inaugurated tomorrow. I wonder how much money the MLK foundation received for the use of the Bible. Obama is such an incredible hypocrite – how he can […]

On Bin Laden

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. Proverbs 24:17-18 “We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are […]

Charter for Compassion

I have abhorred bigotry and hatred since long before I started this blog two years ago. But alarm over what Sarah Palin represents spurred the creation of this blog. Nothing that I have posted over the intervening two years seems to have made even a small dent in the ever-increasing atmosphere of hate that poisons […]

A Christian Perspective on Financial Reform

I usually agree with Jim Wallis, though I often wish that he would go further in his critique of the current order. But, as he says in the following article, he is a conservative Christian (and I am not). As a nation, is it too much to hope that we may be approaching a new […]

What Does “Economic Recovery” Mean?

Brian McLaren is a controversial figure in the Emerging Church movement. Whatever you might think of his theology, you have to respect his appeal to many who belong to Generation X. I found this commentary by Brian and thought that it expressed some ideas that deserve wider consideration. I’m posting it here in the hopes […]

Just a Thought ….

This year, many people have been forced to cut back on the consumerism that drove Christmases past. Maybe it would do us all good to read what a Catholic priest has to say about Christmas. This article appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of Tikkun Magazine. Is Christmas Christian? by Fr. Richard Rohr As a […]

Is There Hope?

Last Spring, I flamed out in anger after encountering the incredible short-sightedness of those who thought Tea Parties were the answer. I resolved to take some time off and I did, only coming back when Glenn Beck forced Van Jones to resign from the Obama administration. I felt then that I had to speak out, […]

What is Wrong About the Religious Right

I’m posting this essay in the hopes of spreading Dr. Gregory Boyd’s thoughts more widely. The agenda of the religious right is destroying our country and we progressive types need to learn that Christianity is not synonymous with right wing religious fanaticism. Dr. Boyd is the founder and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in […]

A Radical Christian Perspective on California’s Proposition 8

Leave it to me to be contrarian and controversial at the same time. I’ve never had any patience with those who would impose their beliefs on others and I have no respect for those people’s leaders. When I learned that the religious right had spent millions of dollars (a majority of those funds from out […]

Van Jones on Rabbi Michael Lerner

I’ve been reflecting on the comment that Beth made in response to my post featuring Chris Hedges’ thoughts on populism. She observed that, “[a]s a Christian myself, I am actually almost repulsed by the Religious Right, but I can see why so many of my fellow blue-collar friends are drawn to them.” She then observed […]