Culture Wars And Their Origin

Culture Wars and the angry mob

Culture wars are all around us. Sometimes they revolve around religious and moral issues, others revolve around economics and poor vs. rich. Why is it that in a country so united, we can also be so divided? We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. – Anonymous The greatest predictor of what a person believes or fights for is what his or her parents believed, and that person’s relationship to that beleif. Parents are the greatest…

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Presidential Faith and Religion

Faith and Hope

The Republican candidates for the President have generated much discussion and press about faith and religion in the United States.  Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are evangelical Christians and wear their faith on their sleeve. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, and even though neither discusses his religion often, there are many evangelical Christians who bring out religion out as a reason to not vote for either of them.  Polls consistently show that many voters take into account the religion of a presidential candidate, and Mormons do not fare…

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We Have More in Common, Than We are Different

Tornados are equal opportunity destroyers

We’ve heard it a thousand times. A person is called out for promoting views that are exclusionary to a group other than their own, and their first response is, ‘well, I have friends that are, (fill in the blank) but I have standards, and these people don’t meet my standards.’ Such language is code for: Yea, but… Whenever I hear this phrase, I am convinced that the person is guilty of the charge, be it racism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamaphobia, Catholiphobia, or an irrational fear of anybody else that is a…

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Is Donald Trump Presidential Material?

Donald Trump

Three reasons not to consider Donald Trump as presidential material. 1.  –  Trump’s three corporate bankruptcies. He may do well financially for himself, but he hasn’t shown the kind of prudence necessary to run the government. The US can’t file bankruptcy. 2.  –  Trump’s request to see Obama’s Birth Certificate. Of all the issues that face America today, the lingering recession, the three wars in the middle east, and the looming healthcare crisis, does the issue of Obama’s birth certificate merit such attention? No, Trump is just making a splash…

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A Christian Nation Would Not Agree To Pass Paul Ryan’s Budget.

Jesus Helps the Needy

The current federal budget battle in Washington DC has brought to mind passages from the New Testament that seem relevant in some of the debates. The conservatives such as Paul Ryan are calling for deep cuts to the budget focusing on core welfare benefits that help the poor the most, in favor of giving tax benefits to the richest of Americans. For those that believe America is a Christian Nation, it would be worth taking a read of the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 19:   16 Just then a man…

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Was Obama Three Weeks Late in Libya?

President Obama Libya Speech March 2011

The military action is Libya is creating nonstop headlines. The general consensus seems to be that it was the right move. Qadhafi was slaughtering his own people, and the US lead by France and other NATO countries stepped in to stop the slaughter. In a recent speech President Obama also called for the Libyan leader to step down or be removed. Republicans like the action that has been taken, but from all corners of the talkosphere from Bill O’Reilly to John McCain, the talking points memo seems to be that…

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Newt Gingrich’s Race Oriented Website - black people

Art is often a powerful communicator of ideas and politics. While researching statements from Newt Gingrich, the perennial possible presidential candidate and prolific author, and all around loud mouth pundit I went on his own website Looking at his position on Religious liberty I was struck by the images chosen on his website. . I have captured (captured on March 19, 2011) them with screen shots to share. This image of a little black girl praying over her soup must be from the 1960’s or before. It is hardly…

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