I had never thought about ancestry much until Trump was elected. His fanning the flames of hate for the “other” reminded me that my family goes “way back” in America. Far from that being a matter of pride being a white American is one of shame. I was thinking about this as I made a video talking about Trump while standing in a small military graveyard. I was also thinking about my family beginning with my son John who served in the US Marines and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003 and … [Read more...]
(Photo YouTube)"For those who would like to see fewer abortions, perhaps it’s time for prayers of a different sort," writes Valerie Tarico in AlterNet. Tarico then makes 7 suggestions in her article: "The Peculiar Role Prayer Plays for the Christian Right in Its Crusade to Make Abortion Illegal."Tarico's list brings up an interesting point not just about the politics and the hypocrisy of the religious right, but about the odd Christian belief that human justice must somehow balance G … [Read more...]
(Photo YouTube) Watch "Gun Nation," the first release from the Guardian’s new documentary series. Trump is the NRA's Number One fan... then watch him hint--again--that Hillary Clinton be killed...Oh yes, and here is Trump (the NRA boy wonder) hinting again that Hillary Clinton should be assassinated... after her "bodyguards" (that would be the Secret Service agents, be stripped of guns... the NRA/Republican madness continues! Follow Frank on T … [Read more...]
As Phil Plait writes in Slate "The Republican Party has made it clear how they feel about climate change." Their official platform only mentions it a few times, and that’s to dismiss it, and their presidential candidate, Donald Trump, calls it a “hoax” and chose a denier as his energy consultant and another as his vice presidential pick. The Democratic Party platform talks about it much more realistically, categorizing it as a threat to our nation and our world. Accepting there’s a problem is ste … [Read more...]
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"All we have is our stories," writes novelist Schaeffer (Crazy for God, 2008, etc.) in this entertaining,energetic new memoir. He follows through on this point by filling his book with story after story, all told with the clarity and catchy pacing of a born raconteur.... An intriguing, readable memoir aimed squarely at the post-faith modern era." (KIRKUS Review) ***“Part of the impact here, admittedly, is a result of who Frank Schaeffer is and of the platform from which he writes. That … [Read more...]
Trump is going to lose the election. And Trump will make us pay. (HINT: It’s Trump’s Version of Hitler’s “scorched earth” Policy) Here’s How to Stop Him Taking Revenge on America
Tell a large group of not-terribly-bright heavily armed angry white men (prone to belief in alternative “information” and conspiracy theories) that the election of their candidate is being stolen by a rigged system… and what could possibly go wrong? Put it this way: if violence against women increases in domestic abuse cases around the loss of a favorite NFL team- just imagine the day after Trump loses.As an article on domestic abuse noted in Time: In a comprehensive survey of domestic viole … [Read more...]
Will President Obama HIMSELF Become Scalia’s (and thus Robert George’s) Replacement? He Just Might Because of the Stupidity of the Always Crazy Republican Ideologues!
photo credit princeton.edu Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (left) and Robert George, Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence...President Obama may well himself become Scalia's replacement on the court. You read that right. Here's how....First: Aboveis a picture of the far right Roman Catholic theocracy advocate extremist Robert George (Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University) with his best friend Antonin Scalia....Together … [Read more...]
A few people in life change everything. One woman (not counting my mother) opened more doors for me than any other person in my childhood. She died yesterday.Jane Stuart Smith was there for me from the time I was six. Jane was by her very life a living definition of the belief that motivates me: that the intrinsic value of beauty is real. Here's the tribute I wrote to a great woman before she died in my memoir Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped F … [Read more...]