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An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism  3/21/2017  (9)

Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump  3/21/2017  (12)

Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself  3/18/2017  (26)

Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans  3/18/2017  (26)

Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People  3/17/2017  (28)

Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election  3/16/2017  (28)

Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime  3/13/2017  (50)

White People are Hurting Themselves  3/11/2017  (48)

Basic Civics Lesson for Libertarians  3/8/2017  (55)

Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim  3/8/2017  (89)

Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos  2/28/2017  (127)

Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square  2/21/2017  (352)

Trump is Using Immigrants as a Political Scapegoat: Very Bad  2/20/2017  (112)

To Dominate Politics, Business Needs Religious Extremism  2/13/2017  (129)

No Vision or Leadership from National Council of Churches  2/9/2017  (147)

Post-Factual Politics  2/8/2017  (135)

Trump May Want a Terrorist Attack  2/7/2017  (144)

For the Right Wing: Only Christians Deserve Religious Freedom  2/6/2017  (129)

Where Are the Reverends in Justice Movements?  2/3/2017  (176)

Trump is Centralizing Power: Resist Fascism  1/30/2017  (187)

Cry for Our Country: Spontaneous Demonstrations across America  1/28/2017  (175)

Truth in the Trump Era  1/23/2017  (207)

"We Will Not Go Away, Welcome to Your First Day"  1/21/2017  (193)

Violence, Racism, Authoritarianism Characterize Trump's Inaugural Speech  1/21/2017  (256)

First Things Doesn't Like that Trump Surrounds Himself with Prosperity Gospelers, Snake Oil Salesmen  1/17/2017  (257)

Newt Gingrich Gets Trump Wrong: Why Southerners Hate the Federal Government  12/27/2016  (264)

From Peace on Earth to an Election Based on Violence  12/23/2016  (294)

Bill O'Reilly Admits the Truth: For Republicans Elections are All about Race  12/23/2016  (353)

No Mandate for Trump, Says Jeff Merkley  12/22/2016  (285)

2010 Prediction: White People with Self-destructive Fantasies will Elect a Figure Like Trump  12/17/2016  (276)

Gore Vidal on Ayn Rand: God is "I"  12/14/2016  (273)

Russian Atheistic Ideas Now Dominate the American Political System  12/14/2016  (233)

Trump Over Performed the Most in Counties with the Highest Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality Rates  12/9/2016  (255)

Back to the Catacombs for the Real Church  12/8/2016  (287)

A Prayer for Standing Rock  11/12/2016  (269)

Trump Will Be Impeached within a Year  11/11/2016  (304)

David Brooks on the Authoritarian Anti-Politics of Trump  11/10/2016  (290)

An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement Begins with Protesters in Streets Nationwide  11/10/2016  (291)

Hillary Lost Because of Her Husband's Economic Policies  11/9/2016  (294)

Evangelicals Elect a Racist Pervert as President  11/9/2016  (327)

Very Serious National Decline  11/9/2016  (290)

The Silly Controversy about Hillary's Emails  11/7/2016  (299)

Trump Offers to Rescue Lower Income White People in a Secular Rapture  11/2/2016  (277)

The Crisis of Conservative Intellectuals  11/1/2016  (313)

James Comey Should Resign or Be Fired  10/30/2016  (301)

Traveling Luther's Life 500 Years Later  10/24/2016  (330)

The Death of Tom Hayden  10/24/2016  (319)

False Superiority Syndrome: A Terrible Disease of the European White Mind  7/22/2016  (624)

Delusion: Ben Carson Thinks Saul Alinsky Worshipped the Devil  7/20/2016  (453)

Understanding the Context for Preaching  7/16/2016  (438)

Journalists Must Treat Trump Differently  7/15/2016  (428)

Reading Grace in History through a Black Lens  6/26/2016  (435)

A Dark Day for the UK  6/24/2016  (457)

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Has Got to Go to Unite Democrats Against the Racist, Trump  5/27/2016  (499)

John Caputo On Divine Sovereignty and the Weakness of God  5/23/2016  (455)

A Corrupt Form of Christianity is Destroying the Republican Party  4/5/2016  (580)

President Obama: 'We are Easter People'  3/31/2016  (552)

Evangelicals are Not Voting Trump, Jacksonians Are  3/31/2016  (536)

The Modern War on Drugs Began as Nixon's Racist Assault on Black People  3/24/2016  (540)

Listen to a Black Man Standing Silently at a Trump Rally  3/15/2016  (540)

Who Should be President? Strict Father or Nurturing Parent  3/3/2016  (586)

Trump is a Fraud Who is Playing the American People as Suckers, Says Romney  3/3/2016  (675)

Asked about Donald Trump's Wall, Pope Francis Suggests He 'Is Not Christian'  2/18/2016  (601)

How the Portland Media Help Make Domestic Terrorists into Heroes  2/6/2016  (560)

Flint, Michigan: Death Camp City  1/22/2016  (614)

Privatization of Public Land is a Bad Idea  1/22/2016  (635)

Peace Lutheran in Burns, Oregon, Requests Prayers  1/20/2016  (692)

How the Iraq War Created ISIS: Crucial Information for Understanding Terrorism  12/6/2015  (684)

Leading Republican Candidate Donald Trump: How Stupid are the People of Iowa?  11/13/2015  (645)

CNN Repeats Stupid Claim by Pew Research that Religious 'Nones' Dominate Democratic Party  11/5/2015  (670)

First Things has become Relevant to Only One Region of the Country: the South  11/2/2015  (695)

Tell Ben Carson to Give Up His Presidential Campaign  10/27/2015  (691)

Corporate-Funded Think Tanks have Created an Angry, Destructive Politics  10/24/2015  (643)

Protestants Need a Pope  9/30/2015  (712)

R.R. Reno at First Things is Disappointed by Pope Francis  9/25/2015  (764)

Matt Taibbi on the GOP Clown Car  8/15/2015  (834)

Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation  8/12/2015  (770)

Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe  7/21/2015  (931)

The Republican Party has become an Agent of Southern Religion, Racism and Anti-Unionism  7/20/2015  (783)

Historic Day: Gay Marriage Affirmed by Supreme Court in All 50 States  6/26/2015  (772)

Gun Manufacturers Cannot Be Christian says Pope Francis  6/22/2015  (862)

Pope Francis Teaches Us about Climate Change and the Moral Imperative to Act  6/20/2015  (886)

Cornel West Wows a Conservative University Audience  5/4/2015  (1075)

Police Violence in Baltimore  4/29/2015  (1103)

Bonhoeffer's Vision: An Outcast Church on the Margins of Society  4/25/2015  (944)

The Debate Over Cornel West  4/21/2015  (976)

Nebraska Doesn't Believe in the Free Market for Its Electricity  3/29/2015  (1028)

The New Political Mission of the Historic Protestant Church  3/16/2015  (1018)

When Fascism Comes to America; What Love of Country Really Means  3/1/2015  (1058)

Senators Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst Don't Know the Difference between Sunni and Shia Islam  2/28/2015  (1697)

The Shameful Media Attack on John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes  2/18/2015  (1479)

Francis Says God Loves the Marginalized  2/16/2015  (1001)

Rand Paul Disqualifies Himself  2/4/2015  (1049)

Oxfam Report: How the Wealthy Get Their Money by Not Working or Paying Taxes  1/26/2015  (1030)

John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran  1/21/2015  (1046)

Martin Luther on Charlie Hebdo: Sick Secularism and Billy Graham  1/14/2015  (3028)

Whose Speech is Actually Free?  1/14/2015  (1112)

Historic Protestant Speech is Not Free in America Today  1/14/2015  (1267)

Wall Street has Bought Itself a Congress  12/15/2014  (1074)

Democrats Move to Encourage an Elizabeth Warren Candidancy  12/10/2014  (1089)

Iowa Lutherans: Don't Vote for Joni Ernst  10/27/2014  (2442)

Wendell Berry and Incarnational Theology  10/21/2014  (1324)

Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy  10/10/2014  (1299)

Stop the Oil Train Bombs  10/2/2014  (1279)

The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things  9/19/2014  (1299)

Violence All Across the World, including Ferguson, Missouri  8/15/2014  (1301)

Reagan's View of History Still Prevails  8/15/2014  (1266)

Nick Hanauer: Beware, Fellow Plutocrats, the Pitchforks are Coming  8/13/2014  (1292)

Blowing Up Jonah: The Political Use of Religious Symbols  8/12/2014  (1406)

Listen to Rabbi Henry Siegman on Gaza: Killing Innocents  8/1/2014  (1238)

The Lost Iraq War  7/30/2014  (1232)

It is Not Anti-Semitic to Question Israel's Right to Exist as an Ethnic State   7/24/2014  (1179)

Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor  7/23/2014  (1665)

There is No Religious Left  7/22/2014  (1199)

Crisis in Ukraine: A Bit of Background  7/18/2014  (1154)

Teachers Turn Against Obama  7/12/2014  (1358)

The Trouble With Brain Science  7/12/2014  (1255)

The Roman Catholic Supreme Court Decides What is 'Sincere' Religious Belief   7/1/2014  (1311)

Karl Polanyi and the Stark Utopianism of Market Fundamentalism  7/1/2014  (1323)

Corporate Provided Health Care Has To Go  6/30/2014  (1251)

Brookings Report on Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives  4/25/2014  (1334)

Coal Train Crisis Abates   4/16/2014  (1373)

Gay Marriage Ban Ending in England and Wales on Saturday  3/29/2014  (1368)

Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes  3/28/2014  (1375)

A False Gospel: Corporate Christianity  3/27/2014  (1358)

Koch Brothers are Creating Their Own Political Party  1/26/2014  (1508)

Social Justice in New York City  1/1/2014  (1507)

God is a God of Freedom: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology  12/21/2013  (1502)

America, America, the Country that Kills Its Prophets  11/23/2013  (1685)

Thinking about a New Protestantism  11/21/2013  (1536)

Hysterical Anti-Communism: Billy Graham Urged the Killing of a Million Vietnamese  11/21/2013  (2328)

The Next President will be a Woman and a Methodist, but not Hillary  11/11/2013  (1539)

Regular Republicans are Beginning to Reject Their Leaders  11/11/2013  (1517)

Pastors: Help Your People Understand Obamacare  11/6/2013  (1578)

Mothers and Grandmothers on Abortion  11/5/2013  (1656)

Why Obamacare is a Political Con Job  10/30/2013  (1717)

Very Disturbing Governance by Media Manipulation  10/4/2013  (1786)

A Reformation Pope  10/2/2013  (1650)

When the Big Money Mafia Rule  10/1/2013  (1706)

Obama Wins Shutdown Battle  10/1/2013  (1844)

Samantha Power: Protection of the Innocent  9/11/2013  (1827)

Pope Francis to Meet with Gustavo Gutierrez, Founder of Liberation Theology  9/11/2013  (1788)

Apocalypse: Life Beyond Empire and Environmental Destruction  9/9/2013  (1687)

Joining Obama Against Himself?  9/5/2013  (1802)

Arab Spring: Transfer of Power in Syria  9/4/2013  (1751)

Religious Conflict in the History of Syria  9/3/2013  (1746)

Hunger Games: The Divide and Conquer Marketing Strategy of Fox News  8/7/2013  (1962)

The Terrible Mendacity of Stanley Kurtz  8/5/2013  (2250)

Obama Speaks on Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case  7/19/2013  (1756)

Summer Heat: Elders Called to Engage in Civil Disobedience  7/18/2013  (1824)

Business Predators Must Be Forced to Stop Their Damaging Behavior  5/26/2013  (1989)

Pastors Create Public Consciousness  5/26/2013  (1887)

Kathyrn Tanner: The Social Trinity and Politics  5/26/2013  (1975)

Obama Failed to Appoint Competent IRS Leaders  5/22/2013  (2041)

Occupy Theology: Obama has Broken the Hearts of the Young  5/20/2013  (1796)

Corporate Conspiracy Theories in Pastoral Consciousness  5/17/2013  (1976)

The Gosnell Verdict and Abortion Politics  5/16/2013  (2240)

False Equivalence, the IRS, and the Right's Persecution Complex  5/15/2013  (1965)

The NRA: Southern Political Terrorism  5/14/2013  (1896)

Public Violence  4/17/2013  (1757)

A Teacher is Raised  4/8/2013  (1795)

Stop Coal Exports  3/27/2013  (1882)

Health Care Hogs Drive Up Costs  3/27/2013  (1776)

Manufactured Landscapes  3/23/2013  (1847)

About Death Camp Thinking  3/22/2013  (1818)

Marriage Equality Goes Mainstream  3/21/2013  (1876)

Hope for the New Pope  3/14/2013  (1935)

The End of a Catholic Moment  3/12/2013  (1904)

Wealth Inequality is Much Worse than Most People Believe   3/11/2013  (1930)

The Government is Making Us Old  3/11/2013  (2119)

Fairness Now Means to Tax the Rich More  12/10/2012  (1981)

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:THE NEW JIM CROW  11/14/2012  (2073)

A Victory for Life  11/7/2012  (1823)

Romney is Not a Christian  11/5/2012  (2067)

It's Not Theology that is Utopian Today, It's the Market Fundamentalists Like Romney  10/17/2012  (2414)

Why Does Romney Focus So Much On Apology?  9/12/2012  (1991)

A Way of Speaking that Wins Elections  9/6/2012  (1920)

Compared to Other Nations, America is Under-Taxed and More Unequal  8/31/2012  (1952)

Obedience, Not Liberty, is Highest Value for Real Conservatives  8/28/2012  (2007)

Romney Degrades Himself with Welfare Ad  8/28/2012  (1974)

Prosperity Economics: Building an Economy for All  8/3/2012  (2066)

Michele Bachmann: Say Stupid Things, Make Lots of Money  8/1/2012  (2004)

The Trees are Falling  7/14/2012  (2141)

President's Social Darwinism Comment Stirs Up Business Elite  4/16/2012  (2088)

Today is My Last Day at Goldman Sachs  3/14/2012  (2118)

Creation is Broken: Against Utopian Conservatives  3/9/2012  (2100)

Women have Spoken: The End of Rush Limbaugh  3/9/2012  (2079)

Nazism and Public Schools: Catholic Bishops Want Public Money for Their Own Schools  2/25/2012  (2566)

The Cynical Use of Religion by Economic Elites  2/23/2012  (2568)

The Continuing Attack by Religious Right against Mainline Christianity  2/22/2012  (2275)

A Phony Public Theology  2/22/2012  (2085)

Naming the Enemy: Biological Fundamentalism  2/17/2012  (2095)

Social Policy in Pastoral Consciousness: Who Should Serve the 'Poor'?  2/16/2012  (2145)

Bishops Reject Obama Compromise, the Devil is Forcing Birth Control  2/14/2012  (2125)

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It  2/13/2012  (2098)

Romney Believes Constitution is Divine  2/11/2012  (2151)

Santorum Reveals His Political Philosophy with Comment on French Revolution  2/10/2012  (4767)

Legal Aspects of the Contraception Debate  2/9/2012  (2155)

Catholic Bishops Want Freedom to Oppress Women  2/8/2012  (2550)

David Stockman on Crony Capitalism, A Very Helpful Discussion  1/26/2012  (4537)

Wall Street to be Investigated  1/25/2012  (2495)

Obama Tells Truth about Economy  12/7/2011  (2112)

God Demands Justice  11/17/2011  (2080)

Understanding Protest Movements  11/15/2011  (2064)

Chris Hedges: People Have Finally Woken Up  10/8/2011  (2132)

A New Economic Strategy for Wall Street Protests  10/5/2011  (2159)

Wall Street Occupation Protest - Live Video  9/26/2011  (2182)

Tens of Thousands Protest in Israel; Citizens of the USA Should Also Hit the Streets  8/7/2011  (2238)

A Day of Blasphemy: Governor Rick Perry's Prayer Festival  8/5/2011  (2427)

Wall Street Hates the Tea Party  8/4/2011  (2260)

The Instability of the American Political System  7/27/2011  (2322)

Fukuyama on The Origins of Political Order  4/15/2011  (2286)

Obama Punches Back  4/13/2011  (2385)

Punish the Poor  4/9/2011  (2464)

Facing the Reality of Conflict and the Problem with Liberal Neutrality  3/21/2011  (2393)

The Republican Attack on Poor Women  2/20/2011  (2400)

A Real Spirit of Peace  2/11/2011  (2280)

Public Lies about Tax Cuts  2/10/2011  (2361)

The People Own the Streets  2/2/2011  (2376)

Political Violence Works  1/13/2011  (2495)

Religion as a Matter of Political Calculation  12/24/2010  (2589)

Tea Party Leader Says Methodist Church is the Religious Arm of Socialism   12/20/2010  (2644)

Bottom-up History: The Commoners of Atwood  12/13/2010  (2392)

Patriotic Millionaires Support Increase in Their OwnTaxes  12/10/2010  (2450)

Democrats Elected a Republican President  12/9/2010  (2414)

Obama Agrees to Increase Obscene Levels of Inequality  12/9/2010  (2312)

The Unemployed are Actual, Real People  12/3/2010  (2483)

A Deep Sense of Bewilderment and Betrayal  12/2/2010  (2483)

Chalmers Johnson Dies, Military Writer Who Told the Truth  11/21/2010  (2465)

Should the Rich Rule?  11/3/2010  (2325)

The Liberation Theology of Abraham Lincoln  10/12/2010  (2465)

Mass Psychosis as a Pastoral Concern  9/24/2010  (2535)

Glenn Beck and Apostolic Authority  8/31/2010  (2418)

A Moving Event  7/19/2010  (2371)

Gay Marriage to Become Law of the Land  6/21/2010  (2391)

Facing Death at the Center of Life  6/14/2010  (2445)

Rand Paul Exposes Tea Party Racism in Libertarianism  5/20/2010  (2569)

Equal Freedom: The Obama Doctrine  5/7/2010  (2758)

The Last Protestant is Leaving  4/9/2010  (2519)

Economics in Pastoral Consciousness  3/14/2010  (2599)

The Strategic Consciousness of the Protestant Pastor  3/1/2010  (2565)

Memesis and the Culture of Personal Crisis  2/15/2010  (2778)

Watch Out for that Communist Folk Music  1/22/2010  (2746)

The Political Cross at Xmas  12/23/2009  (2651)

There are Socialists and Communists in the White House  10/15/2009  (3286)

Send Money to ACORN Now!  9/19/2009  (3031)

The Moral Blindness of Glenn Beck  8/11/2009  (3123)

The Media Creation of Whacko Conservatism  7/30/2009  (2990)

Seven Pentecostal Mountains and Sarah Palin  7/16/2009  (3151)

Major Media Unfairly Presents Anti-Abortion Rhetoric  6/3/2009  (3090)

You Can Get Killed in a Public Church  6/2/2009  (3176)

Historical Jesus Theories: Bringing on the Reign of God  5/20/2009  (3511)

It's Not Socialism, It's Insanity  5/20/2009  (2984)

When Life Begins is Not at all Clear  5/19/2009  (3211)

The Political Use of Torture  4/25/2009  (3008)

Jesus is Not Some Phony Spook  4/22/2009  (2914)

Poisoned Waters, Chicken Shit and Smart Growth  4/21/2009  (3159)

The Significance of the Killing of Robert F. Kennedy  4/13/2009  (3143)

The Last Book by Neuhaus: America is Babylon  4/10/2009  (3379)

About the New Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships  4/9/2009  (3106)

Seeing the Truth about God and Economy  4/2/2009  (3297)

Big Bankers as Terrorists  3/23/2009  (3275)

Without Trust, No Economy  3/19/2009  (3129)

Exposing the Dual Structure of American Governance  3/19/2009  (3038)

Another Big Book on Justice  3/17/2009  (3053)

Why Pastors Need to Understand Rush Limbaugh  3/16/2009  (3110)

The Freeman Affair and the Israel Lobby  3/16/2009  (3127)

Uncreative Destruction  3/16/2009  (3147)

Some Truth about Income Tax Rates  3/13/2009  (3463)

Cultural Redemption: The Jewish-Arab Peace Song  3/13/2009  (3458)

The Poor Reputation of Evangelicals around the World  3/13/2009  (3187)

They have Stolen Our Language  3/11/2009  (3229)

CNBC: Mouthpiece for Business Ideology  3/11/2009  (3011)

Why Habermas?  3/11/2009  (3108)

Sex in God's Family  3/8/2009  (3299)


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The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things
9/19/2014

I'm working on this.... It has to do with an article in First Things about the previous pope. Weigel seems to think Benedict was obviously right about claiming a connection between Islam and violence in his Regensburg lecture because of the current beheadings by ISIS. He doesn't even begin to realize that ISIS was created as a response to American military aggression in Iraq.






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