Rev. William Barber is absolutely right: Most pastors say they preach the truth. The Rev. William Barber also delivers sermons on another topic: “the trick.” The trick is Barber’s term for something that he describes as a weapon of mass distraction. It stymied the leaders of the populist movement in late 19th century. It vexed union leaders who promoted workers’ solidarity. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died trying to beat the trick. The trick is when white politicians persuade poor white working class… Read more

Franklin Graham declares Trump sin-free since receiving the Sacrament of Inauguration: Franklin Graham: Trump stopped sinning when he became President. — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 24, 2018 The last we heard from the Apostle to the Rich White Males, he was declaring Trump forgiven for sleeping with a porn star while Melania recovered from childbirth. As Christianists do, he did not bother to consult with Melania, because Trump certainly does not attract callous misogynists to his orbit or anything…. Read more

…are here. And below, summarizing the “prolife” Christianist rebuttal, is Joe the Plumber: Those heartless, soul-dead words were spoken to the parent of a gun slaughter victim and summarize the absolute life-denying callousness and selfishness of Christianism. I now await the complaints in my combox over how “mean” I am to butchers and their enablers. Read more

Sherry Weddell wrote this a couple of years ago.  It’s more pertinent than ever: I know that many of us have had the wind knocked out of our sails a bit by the fairly grim news about the state of American Catholicism revealed in the Pew Forum’s 2014 US Religious Study which was made public yesterday. Nothing that the Pew researchers found came as any surprise as they are what I’ve been predicting for years. But it is different to… Read more

And that Church has already put it’s very considerable brain to the question of gun violence and already has made proposals on some concrete ways of addressing it. We can act now, if we are willing.  It really is that simple.  It comes down to a binary choice.  If, when a slaughter occurs, your first, last, and only response is “Don’t touch my gun!” without so much as a thought for the victims, you are the problem and you need… Read more

This picture of the butcher of Parkland… is absolutely related to Trump’s choice to cut millions from a gun background check system. And his choice to cut funding to dealing with right wing domestic terrorism.  And his choice to make sure that guns were easily available to the mentally ill. He and his party are the accomplices to the massacre in Parkland and to every gun massacre and all the the little unnoticed butcheries that will–absolutely certainly *will*–have happened 35,000… Read more

People are apparently going gaga for butcher Kim Jong Un’s sister. Reuters: “North Korea has emerged as the early favorite to grab one of the Winter Olympics’ most important medals: the diplomatic gold.” CNN: “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics!” Business Insider: “From her “side-eye” of US Vice President Mike Pence to hints at Korean unification, Kim has stolen the spotlight at the Winter Olympics.” Washington Post: “The ‘Ivanka Trump of North Korea’ captivates… Read more

Re: thoughts and prayer from bought and paid for pols, Right Wing Noise Machine Liars, and NRA accomplices to today’s slaughter, a reading from the prophet Isaiah: Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight… Read more

…for all your VaLENTine needs: For more Valentine’s Day goodness from the fertile brain of Jason Bach, go here, here, here, and here. Read more

Part two of our Hostage Exchange as I host Scott Stantis on my podcast after he hosted me on his.  Scott is the author of the “Prickly City” strip, the editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune–and a Catholic convert of some 10 years.  You can some of his work below: Read more

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