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…this is precisely where the American Jewish community and Jews around the world have taken a turn that is disastrous, by turning the Israeli nation state into “the Jewish state” and making Israel into an idol to be worshiped rather than a political entity like any other political entity, with strengths and deep flaws. Despairing of spiritual salvation after God failed to show up and save us from the Holocaust, increasing numbers of Jews have abandoned the religion of compassion and identification with the most oppressed that was championed by our biblical prophets, and instead come to worship power and to rejoice in Israel’s ability to become the most militarily powerful state in the Middle East. If a Jew today goes into any synagogue in the U.S. or around the world and says, “I don’t believe in God or Torah and I don’t follow the commandments,” most will still welcome you in and urge you to become involved. But say, “I don’t support the State of Israel,” and you are likely to be labeled a “self-hating Jew” or anti-Semite, scorned and dismissed. As Aaron said of the Golden Calf in the Desert, “These are your Gods, O Israel.”
Epic Sunday School fail.

Epic Sunday School fail.

Collectively as a nation, as Christians, and as human beings, we have failed the least of these. Rather than caring for these children at the border, we don’t know what to do, engulfed by partisan hypocrisy, we are even unable to treat them with basic human dignity. Jesus is at our doorstep, and we have slammed the door in his face. Each of us should be ashamed of our inability to act. Financial cost or political points should no longer matter—but rather as Christians, we should do what the Gospel compels us to do and answer the call by caring for the children who have arrived at our front door.
The president of a South Carolina Bible college was charged last week with essentially treating foreign students as slaves by forcing them to perform work for little or no pay.
The sermon that the Tea Party heard at church this morning. - Imgur

The sermon that the Tea Party heard at church this morning. - Imgur

Why this "religious liberty" canard is a crock of shite (that's my headline, but seriously, click through and read this)


Michelle Goldberg, writing at The Nation, discusses “religious liberty” in relation to recent hate-motivated bills moving through state legislatures in Idaho and Kansas:

Sometimes, the religious right can be pretty clever in its rhetoric. “Family values” was a smart phrase, implicitly defaming liberals as decadent child-haters, while making fundamentalism seem cozy and safe. Then the gay marriage movement robbed it of its power, forcing the Christian right to take an explicit stand against other people’s domesticity and familial commitments. Something new was needed. Enter “religious liberty.”

Like family values, religious liberty is, on the surface, unobjectionable. Almost all of us, after all, believe that people have the right to practice whatever religion they want. But “religious liberty,” as the Christian right understands it, means something quite different. It means the liberty to discriminate on religious grounds. And it has become central to the furious backlash against both gay marriage and Obamacare.

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Thus the “Christian” (note use of scare quotes, because these aren’t Christians at all) Right has used this “religious liberty” canard to set a Constitutional trap: Do you uphold the First Amendment guarantee for Americans to practise their faith traditions, or do you uphold the right of all Americans to equal treatment under the law? The “Christian” Right enjoys mucking up the works like that, and they’re reveling in this as more and more Americans say that marriage equality is the right thing to do. It’s their latest hissy fit, and the ways in which this one is manifesting in Kansas and Idaho is staggering.

There is much clearer way to make this distinction: do people support the Establishment Clause as a citizen before they support any allegiance to a god or a theology? If they answer yes, they are citizens; if they answer no, they are theocrats. With the Establishment Clause in the USA, one cannot be both.

Go, Phil, Go…right in to the ground with your apostasy.

By the way, the word you stumbled around to avoid is uvula. You might have remembered that if you were paying attention at Louisiana Tech.

An 8-year-old Yemeni girl died from internal injuries on the first night of her marriage to a man more than five times her age…

This is not the way to get the USA to stop dropping bombs on you.