The culture wars are class war, and vice versa (2.12.17)

“Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious …” [Read more…]

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The culture wars and the class war have merged

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more…]

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OK, so we’re talking about Frederick Douglass today

Douglass’ words can be applied to more than one law, policy and initiative of our new president. And his condemnation of the “stupidly blind or most wickedly indifferent … church of our country” now obsequiously cheering Trump on still rings true. This reinforces the truth and untruth of the blather we’re hearing from Donald Trump and Sean Spicer. Trump does not want to highlight such words. But they will become. More and more. [Read more…]

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Still This: Please don’t suddenly pretend you care about homeless veterans for just as long as it allows you to oppose helping refugees, because that’s hurting both veterans and refugees and it’s making you miserable

As a general rule, whenever you encounter someone arguing that “We shouldn’t be doing X to help those people over there until we fix Y over here for our own people,” then you have also just encountered someone who doesn’t really give a flying fig about actually doing anything to fix Y over here. [Read more…]

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Relief agencies sound a red alert

“Donald Trump has issued a number of executive orders targeting vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, which means your voice of opposition is more critical than ever. History has taught us the deadly consequences of slamming the doors of this country shut on people just because of who they are and where they are from. We must prevent this administration from repeating the mistakes of the past.” [Read more…]

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Donald Trump is hiding his tax returns: Day 589

So what is Trump hiding? What is it that is so big and so bad that he’s had to work so hard to hide it for the past 589 days? We don’t know. We can only guess, based on his sheer determination to keep it hidden. Whatever it is, it has to be yuge. [Read more…]

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Media bias should be Good News

This is how news works. It is inescapably “biased” in that it is presented and received as either Good News or Bad News. And most of the time, no one complains about the bias implicit in all such judgments because everyone agrees. What kind of sicko wouldn’t agree that a family losing their home is Bad News? And who could be so demented as to not understand that the family surviving the fire is Good News? [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.26)

Charles Dickens on the poor of London; Kelly J. Baker on “nice, decent folks;” Katherine Franke on the default assumptions of default identity politics; Ijeoma Oluo on the least we can do; and President Barack Obama being as Niebuhrian as the Serenity Prayer. [Read more…]

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