November 7, 2023

So … what of the Palestinians?  I recently wrote a post discussing the sudden onslaught of violent anti-semitism facing American Jews within the context of American far left and far right politics.  But when you’re dealing with people, each side always has another side. Long, drawn out historic injustices always seem to become absolutely serpentine in their complexities.  The current situation is a horror movie that the whole world is watching. Israel was attacked. The war truly is forced upon... Read more

November 7, 2023

I have read comments by Jewish people expressing their dismay that the far left has switched into rabid anti-semitism in such an addlepated one-step fashion. These Jewish people thought they were part of the far left, that these newly-minted anti-semites were their friends.  Then … snap! … their “friends” are backing people who call for the annihilation of Jews. I have heard from other Jewish people who say that they are afraid to wear their Star of David jewelry. They are afraid... Read more

October 17, 2023

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has called for Christians worldwide to join together in a day of fasting, abstinence and prayer for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land. This is the same Cardinal Pierbattista who offered to give himself as a hostage to Hamas in exchange for the kidnapped Israeli children. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has echoed this call. You don’t have to be Orthodox Catholic or Roman Catholic to join this. You can be... Read more

October 16, 2023

“I am ready for an exchange, anything, if this can lead to freedom, to bring the children home. No problem. There is total willingness on my part,”   Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, has offered to exchange himself for the child hostages Hamas is holding. Cardinal Pierbattista is the leader of the Latin Rite Catholics in Israel and Gaza. Christians are a minority in Gaza. While many of them are Orthodox and Roman Catholic, there are... Read more

October 12, 2023

Americans can be proud of the way President Biden has handled both the war in Ukraine and the current crisis in the Middle East. Franklin Roosevelt said “America is the arsenal of democracy.” That is true. We have been the arsenal of democracy for many decades. President Biden’s response to the ruthless invasion of Ukraine by Putin and the bloody attack on Israeli civilians last weekend has been to continue that role. He healed our damaged alliances with NATO and... Read more

October 11, 2023

Republicans in the United States Senate continue to do nothing while one of their own, Senator Tommy Tuberville, decapitates America’s military. For months, Tuberville has used his committee position to block the appointment of any officers to any position of command within the United States military. He announced today that he’s doubling down on his attack on America’s military preparedness, no matter the Hamas attack on Israel. Mitch McConnell could remove Tuberville from his committee assignment with a flick of... Read more

October 11, 2023

We are swimming in a sea of evil. The pillars of civilized society are shaken by corruption of faith and false idols of power. Here in America, our clergy sell the Cross for access to political power and money. Savage warfare in the mis-used name of God bears down on people in the Middle East, while equally savage warfare seeks to enslave Ukraine in the name of the avaricious dreams of empire of one sin-sick and evil man. We are... Read more

October 9, 2023

Israel has been attacked and hundreds Israeli citizens are dead. Many others have been taken hostage. The whole world has seen the videos of bleeding, terrified Israelis with hoods over their heads being shoved and slung around by Hamas “soldiers” triumphantly yelling “Allah Akbar.”  We’ve seen the photos of the gutted buildings and bodies lying in the streets. I watched the speech given by the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations in which he said that this was going to... Read more

October 5, 2023

Cable News reacted to the ouster of Speaker McCarthy two days ago in varied ways.  As usual with these things, there was a momentary confusion among the right wing commentators as they waited for instructions on what their “story” was going to be. In that little lapse, they did what often happens in these moments of no instruction from higher up. Lacking direction on what the “spin” on the ouster was going to be, they said things that were more... Read more

October 4, 2023

Republicans in the United States House of Representatives tossed aside their Speaker yesterday. It remains to be seen what new insanity they will dump on this country in the coming days. But if past is prelude, it will be another chapter of hate-driven, destructive chaos that damages America and harms every living one of us. Yesterday’s Republican “debate” on the question of whether or not to shuck the Speaker they had elected just a few months ago put their hate-filled... Read more

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