Truthdig Tuesday

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The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. By tolerating the intolerant it ceded religious legitimacy to an array of con artists, charlatans and demagogues and their cultish supporters. It stood by as the core Gospel message—concern for the poor and the oppressed—was perverted into a magical world where God and Jesus showered believers with material wealth and power. The white race, especially in the United States, became God’s chosen agent. Imperialism and war became divine instruments for purging the world of infidels and barbarians, evil itself. Capitalism, because God blessed the righteous with wealth and power and condemned the immoral to poverty and suffering, became shorn of its inherent cruelty and exploitation. The iconography and symbols of American nationalism became intertwined with the iconography and symbols of the Christian faith. The mega-pastors, narcissists who rule despotic, cult-like fiefdoms, make millions of dollars by using this heretical belief system to prey on the mounting despair and desperation of their congregations, victims of neoliberalism and deindustrialization. These believers find in Donald Trump a reflection of themselves, a champion of the unfettered greed, cult of masculinity, lust for violence, white supremacy, bigotry, American chauvinism, religious intolerance, anger, racism and conspiracy theories that define the central beliefs of the Christian right. When I wrote “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” I was deadly serious about the term “fascists.”

Chris Hedges @ TRUTHDIG

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28 Responses to Truthdig Tuesday

  1. Micki says:

    I read the first sentence…The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. … and thought, the author must be Chris Hedges! 😉

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  2. Micki says:

    In two years’ time, here in our town, a husband has killed his family where both wives were employed by the Bellingham School District. In Nov, 2017, the husband slit his wife’s and 5-YO son’s throats, then he committed suicide by asphyxiation. She was the communications director for BSD. Because of my volunteer work, I had an appointment scheduled with her. When I read about her murder in the newspaper, it was a stunning shock!

    Five days ago, on December 26, a husband shot his wife in the head and killed her; he also shot the family pets, including a therapy dog that his wife, an elementary school principal, took to work with her to greet students; let young students practice their skills reading to the non-judgmental, Sukha; romp with on the playground.

    After he shot his wife & family pets, he shot himself, but survived. He’s in critical condition, currently in the ICU at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, a major trauma center in the Pacific Northwest.

    These family annihilation stories are inexplicable. Is there any *reasoning* behind the tragedies? They are willful, but we seldom learn from them.

    Now, it’s reported that the December 26th murderer apparently confessed on Twitter.

    He tweeted that “Guns don’t kill people, people do.”

    The tweet then goes on to say that the user “jsit (sic) killed my whole family, and i couldnt have done it without a gun!”

    The user’s tweet also said that AR-15s make it easier to kill people and that he was a coward and couldn’t have killed his family with a knife. He then thanks the NRA. In a separate tweet replying to the NRA, the user thanked McConnell for making it possible then requested a welfare check at the couple’s specific waterfront condominium in the 900 block of Marine Drive. The user also addressed shooting his wife’s dog.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    A little snow overnight again. The forecast is warming and rain.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Pigeons the other day but not today. A Mallard drake dabbling in the river downtown. Out to the optometrist’s office to pay my bill, 57 minutes, then back to the Birch & Barley, 63 minutes. Oh yes, a large flock of little birds flew from the power lines over to the top of a tall tree as I approached on the way out.

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  5. ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶arol says:

    Earlier, about 4:45 your time, I was happily making comments here, BUT IT WAS ON YESTERDAY’S THREAD! Dog-gone-it. Everyone go over there, I think I said something to all three of you.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Carol, smoking but very little just happened when I realized it was only habit and no longer a pleasure. For example, most l likely today I won’t smoke at all.

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    • Den says:

      You stink! I can’t stand being around smokers, grocery stores are the worst, a shopping cart away from a fuming pile of person, *cough* and I smoked a pack-a-day for 30 years. The best bet would be to provide a Febreeze spraydown as they walk thru the door.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    “The dripfeed of frenzied bigotry.”

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    It seems that Arianna Huffington had Picasso as a grandfather. Imagine that!

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  9. Den says:

    The tree:

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  10. Den says:

    Just in case some missed the Fireworks:

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