Idaho State Rep Wants to Turn Back the Civil Rights Clock

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In 1882, led by future state senator Fred T Dubois, the Territory of Idaho enacted a law disenfranchising all Mormons in the territory. This was done because at the time some Mormons practiced Polygamy and polygamy was an official teaching of the Church. This practice violated and offended the “sincerely held beliefs“ and Christian sensibilities of many of the other residents of Idaho. They felt that since they were morally offended by the Mormons way of life that they should be able to deny Mor … [Read more...]

The Big Fool Said to Push On

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"Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" was considered so dangerous and politically charges that CBS edited it out of Pete Seeger's appearance on the Smothers Brother's  show in September of 1967.  The Smother's Brothers fought back and Seeger was invited back to perform the son in February of 1968. Tom Morello called it an "Incendiary performance " and said that "if one four minute song could be given credit for stopping the Vietnam War it is this performance of Pete's".The song is a powerful  co … [Read more...]

Long Time Passing

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The world has lost one of its greatest voices for civil rights and one of its greatest singers and writers of Hymns of Social Justice.  If I had to name just one voice that has influenced me to be liberal it would be Seeger.  It is impossible to pick just one of his songs that has influenced my life so I will do several Pete Seeger themed posts over the next couple of days."Where Have All the Flowers Gone" may be one of Seeger's best known songs.  It has been performed many times by many ar … [Read more...]

I’d Hammer Out Love

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It may be blasphemous to highlight a song performance by privileged White performers on Martin Luther King Day, but I love this song and this performance so much I will risk it.Peter, Paul, and Mary were one of several musical acts that performed during the March on Washington on 28 August 1963 (Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others also performed).   The Hymn of Social Justice that they chose to sing was Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer".  The song, written by Seeger and Lee hays in 1949, became a … [Read more...]

“Show me how big your brave is”

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I admit, I'm old, and my music tastes generally align with my age.  Most of what I listen to was recorded from the mid 1960's to the mid to early 1990's.  SO I had never heard of Sara Bareilles or her song "Brave" until a few weeks ago.  My daughter had just come home from a meeting at our Church where she was helping to plan the annual summer young women's camp out.  I asked her how it went and she said that the theme for this year's camp was going to be a song called "Brave."  I was curious so … [Read more...]

Stille Nacht

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This is more of a “Performance of Social Justice” than it is a “Hymn of Social Justice.”  My first Christmas related post was about a fun take on the Christmas Truce of 1914.  Now I would like to end my Christmas posts for this year with a serious take on the same event. As a recap, On Christmas Eve, 1914, soldiers all along the Western Front laid down their weapons and, for an all too temporary time, they went against orders and refused to kill each other.  They proved that peace can be found a … [Read more...]

“More Than Enough”

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Fox News loves to talk about the "War on Christmas".  Every year from Thanksgiving to December 25th they whip their audience into a ratings frenzy by talking all about how anyone who doesn't wish you a "Merry Christmas" in the exact way that they do has surely declared war on Christmas and even on the baby Jesus himself.  And I am ashamed to say that I used to believe them.  Now, I realize that they are wrong.Why do I feel that way?  For many reasons, but let me mention the two that are the m … [Read more...]


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