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by Ed Knudson

1) James Comey: The Fall of a Niebuhrian
2) Management by Terror: Stalin and Trump
3) The Cynical Use of Abortion by Politicians
4) NCC Urges Churches to Refrain From Intervening in Political Campaigns
5) Where Your Tax Dollar Goes
6) Talking It Through
7) False Community Consciousness and Local Radio
8) Politicians Can Use Nostalgia to Manipulate the Minds and Hearts of People
9) Two Forms of Governance: Big Corporations Want to Snoop about Your Internet Behavior
10) Obamacare is Not Imploding, Can Be Improved
11) The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency
12) An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism
13) Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump
14) Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself
15) Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans
16) Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People
17) Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election
18) Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime
19) White People are Hurting Themselves
20) Basic Civics Lesson for Libertarians
21) Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim
22) Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos

Article  by Mitch Landrieu:  Here is 'one of the most honest speeches given by a Southern politician.'Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains why these statues must come down, here and across the South.  5/23/2017

Article  by Bo Rothstein:  There is a particular combination of market and political regulation that delivers the highest degree of human well-being, the Nordic model. New French president Macron is for it. Also, Amartya Sen  5/22/2017

Article  Trump is proposing to take $800 billion out of Medicaid, think of the people who will lose benefits, the people who will lose jobs. Big cuts proposed to programs for the poor. The rich get tax cuts.  5/22/2017

Article  by Josh Hoxie:  In a new book Gar Alperovitz challenges us to think past today’s daily scandals to consider exactly what kind of society we want to live in.  5/22/2017

Article  by Slavoj Zizek:  ''God' means, we should always bear in mind, that the outcome of our acts will never fit our expectations.' The theological dimension serves as a kind of safety valve, a mark of openness.  5/21/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Four exhibitions for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation are in Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Here is a review with comments on books by Andrew Pettegree & Lyndal Roper.  5/21/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  James Comey asks for more resources for the Russian investigation of Trump. So Trump fires him. Now cries for impeachment are beginning across the land.  5/19/2017

Article  Here is the message of the Lutheran World Federation Twelfth Assembly, 10-16 May, 2017, Windhoek, Namibia. New economic models needed. Education, climate change, liberating grace, 500 Reformation.  5/17/2017

Article  by Gabriel Rockhill:  Post-Marxist French theory directly contributed to the CIA’s cultural program of coaxing the left toward the right, while discrediting anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism,  5/8/2017

Article  by Eric Hobsbawm:  At crucial moments in the 19th century, and even today, the church has sided with powerful and wealthy business owners rather than workers and the working poor. Christian faith failed them.  5/8/2017

Article  by Daniel Burke:  Here is something that should happen across America, explicit services of repentance and healing for the sin of slavery.  4/20/2017

Article  by Leona Foxx:  Here is help from a former CIA operative and Lutheran pastor for those of you thinking about faith and science, with discussion of Ted Peters' new book, 'God in Cosmic History'.  4/16/2017

Article  by Ira Chernus:  Reflection on the 1960s helps formulate best practices for resistance movements today. Herbert Marcuse, Martin Luther King and the anti-Vietnam War movement provide some clues.  4/16/2017

Article  by Jonathan Freedland:  It is strange a Russian atheist has become so important to American conservatives. Raw selfishness is not much of a political philosophy, but it does help justify business practices of greed.  4/12/2017

Article  by William E. Scheuerman:  European Union and world governmental structures are just two issues discussed in this review of a biography by Stefan Müller-Doohm on the important political philosophy of Jürgen Habermas.  4/12/2017

Article  by Elissa Strauss:  Fetal personhood bills are gaining steam—but many religious and scientific ethicists, as well as women, see the path to personhood as a gradual one.  4/4/2017

Article  by Arthur Waskow:  In one of his most significant speeches, Dr. King said he could not call for racial equality without also calling on his own government to stop being 'the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.'  3/31/2017

Article  by Nika Knight:  Understanding public consciousness these days is difficult. Conservative claims seem dominate. But see this truth. Vast numbers of people oppose budget cuts.  3/24/2017

Article  by Gary Dorrien:  Here are some comments by the author of an important new book on the black social gospel and how it influenced the most important religious figure of the 20th century, Martin Luther King.  3/22/2017

Article  by Sarah Posner:  Southern Baptist Russell Moore has opposed the alt-right white nationalism, anti-immigrant program of Trump, but this article tells truth of why 81% of religious right voted for him. It's racism.  3/21/2017

Article  by Andrea Germanos:  Addressing the crisis in the U.S. entails enacting campaign finance reform; reducing inequality by expanding the social safety net and funding of health and education.  3/20/2017

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  Lent is a time for justice, time for water justice. It is time for us who are here and all human beings to stop resisting justice. We cannot in the long run stop justice, as we cannot stop the river.  3/20/2017

Article  by Clint Schnekloth:  Maybe what we are seeing 'is the end of white America as we know it... it's violent, contorted, last gasping breaths' along with its false theology.  3/16/2017

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches speaks in Geneva about the meaning of believing in one God. It means we understand ourselves as 'one humanity'.  3/16/2017

Article  by John Feffer:  While some hope Trump will bring a libertarian utopia, his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is promising to deconstruct the administrative state, or what could be a dystopian nightmare.  3/13/2017

Article  by Daniel Marans:  The evidence was there all along, according to a top Democratic pollster. There has been 'a hardening of white attitudes toward people of color.' It's not just economics, it's racial hatred.  3/11/2017

Article  Dr Olav Fykse Tveit says new law is a shockingly regressive law against those calling for a boycott of Israel or its settlements.  3/9/2017

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Without evidence, a delusional, sexual predator of a president tweets lies about President Obama and calls him names ater reading right wing radio sources. This country is in serious trouble now.  3/8/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Trump is creating a police state aimed at black and brown people because racists elected him. This fact must be faced squarely in order to know the realistic stakes of politics these days. Not normal.  3/3/2017

Article  by Jeff Bryant:  New education secretary, Betsy DeVos, wants to fund religious schools through vouchers and tax credits. But these schools teach false Christiantiy, that Africans are inferior, that 'liberals' are bad.  3/3/2017

Article  by Karen E. Park:  Without taking responsibility, Donald Trump sends a warrior to his death, then uses the wife of Ryan Owens to absolve himself of his sin. Outrageous blasphemy.  3/1/2017

Article  by George Lakey:  The United States could go fascist. But that will not happen if we choose the practical steps taken by progressive Nordic social movements: equality, individual freedom, and shared abundance.  2/28/2017

Article  by Leo Gerard:  Workers know from bitter experience that CEOs don’t have their best interests in mind. TPP and NAFTA were drafted by CEOs, not workers. New studies support workers' views.  2/28/2017

Article  by Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr.:  Stamding Rock may be a case of the church perpetuating injustices rather than engaging in solidarity with victims of injustice. Be careful church.  2/23/2017

Article  by Nelson Lichtenstein:  Donald Trump's attack on immigrants is going to re-energize and solidify the immigrant community and their supporters like nothing before. Protestants need to help in every way they can.  2/23/2017

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