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Montana Republican So Afraid of the Press that He Attacks Reporter  5/26/2017  (4)

James Comey: The Fall of a Niebuhrian  5/15/2017  (42)

Management by Terror: Stalin and Trump  5/10/2017  (59)

The Cynical Use of Abortion by Politicians  5/6/2017  (67)

NCC Urges Churches to Refrain From Intervening in Political Campaigns  5/4/2017  (69)

Where Your Tax Dollar Goes  4/18/2017  (125)

Talking It Through  4/15/2017  (126)

False Community Consciousness and Local Radio  4/1/2017  (157)

Politicians Can Use Nostalgia to Manipulate the Minds and Hearts of People  3/31/2017  (153)

Two Forms of Governance: Big Corporations Want to Snoop about Your Internet Behavior  3/27/2017  (146)

Obamacare is Not Imploding, Can Be Improved  3/24/2017  (167)

The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency  3/24/2017  (164)

An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism  3/21/2017  (168)

Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump  3/21/2017  (177)

Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself  3/18/2017  (181)

Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans  3/18/2017  (175)

Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People  3/17/2017  (194)

Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election  3/16/2017  (175)

Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime  3/13/2017  (222)

White People are Hurting Themselves  3/11/2017  (216)

Basic Civics Lesson for Libertarians  3/8/2017  (228)

Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim  3/8/2017  (294)

Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos  2/28/2017  (321)

Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square  2/21/2017  (546)

Trump is Using Immigrants as a Political Scapegoat: Very Bad  2/20/2017  (277)

To Dominate Politics, Business Needs Religious Extremism  2/13/2017  (288)

No Vision or Leadership from National Council of Churches  2/9/2017  (312)

Post-Factual Politics  2/8/2017  (293)

Trump May Want a Terrorist Attack  2/7/2017  (305)

For the Right Wing: Only Christians Deserve Religious Freedom  2/6/2017  (257)

Where Are the Reverends in Justice Movements?  2/3/2017  (327)

Trump is Centralizing Power: Resist Fascism  1/30/2017  (357)

Cry for Our Country: Spontaneous Demonstrations across America  1/28/2017  (324)

Truth in the Trump Era  1/23/2017  (331)

"We Will Not Go Away, Welcome to Your First Day"  1/21/2017  (354)

Violence, Racism, Authoritarianism Characterize Trump's Inaugural Speech  1/21/2017  (410)

First Things Doesn't Like that Trump Surrounds Himself with Prosperity Gospelers, Snake Oil Salesmen  1/17/2017  (408)

Newt Gingrich Gets Trump Wrong: Why Southerners Hate the Federal Government  12/27/2016  (367)

From Peace on Earth to an Election Based on Violence  12/23/2016  (372)

Bill O'Reilly Admits the Truth: For Republicans Elections are All about Race  12/23/2016  (435)

No Mandate for Trump, Says Jeff Merkley  12/22/2016  (389)

2010 Prediction: White People with Self-destructive Fantasies will Elect a Figure Like Trump  12/17/2016  (363)

Gore Vidal on Ayn Rand: God is "I"  12/14/2016  (354)

Russian Atheistic Ideas Now Dominate the American Political System  12/14/2016  (309)

Trump Over Performed the Most in Counties with the Highest Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality Rates  12/9/2016  (327)

Back to the Catacombs for the Real Church  12/8/2016  (379)

A Prayer for Standing Rock  11/12/2016  (344)

Trump Will Be Impeached within a Year  11/11/2016  (395)

David Brooks on the Authoritarian Anti-Politics of Trump  11/10/2016  (368)

An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement Begins with Protesters in Streets Nationwide  11/10/2016  (361)

Hillary Lost Because of Her Husband's Economic Policies  11/9/2016  (384)

Evangelicals Elect a Racist Pervert as President  11/9/2016  (399)

Very Serious National Decline  11/9/2016  (374)

The Silly Controversy about Hillary's Emails  11/7/2016  (390)

Trump Offers to Rescue Lower Income White People in a Secular Rapture  11/2/2016  (350)

The Crisis of Conservative Intellectuals  11/1/2016  (400)

James Comey Should Resign or Be Fired  10/30/2016  (382)

Traveling Luther's Life 500 Years Later  10/24/2016  (406)

The Death of Tom Hayden  10/24/2016  (414)

False Superiority Syndrome: A Terrible Disease of the European White Mind  7/22/2016  (735)

Delusion: Ben Carson Thinks Saul Alinsky Worshipped the Devil  7/20/2016  (531)

Understanding the Context for Preaching  7/16/2016  (520)

Journalists Must Treat Trump Differently  7/15/2016  (515)

Reading Grace in History through a Black Lens  6/26/2016  (518)

A Dark Day for the UK  6/24/2016  (528)

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Has Got to Go to Unite Democrats Against the Racist, Trump  5/27/2016  (595)

John Caputo On Divine Sovereignty and the Weakness of God  5/23/2016  (535)

A Corrupt Form of Christianity is Destroying the Republican Party  4/5/2016  (668)

President Obama: 'We are Easter People'  3/31/2016  (628)

Evangelicals are Not Voting Trump, Jacksonians Are  3/31/2016  (612)

The Modern War on Drugs Began as Nixon's Racist Assault on Black People  3/24/2016  (630)

Listen to a Black Man Standing Silently at a Trump Rally  3/15/2016  (630)

Who Should be President? Strict Father or Nurturing Parent  3/3/2016  (665)

Trump is a Fraud Who is Playing the American People as Suckers, Says Romney  3/3/2016  (741)

Asked about Donald Trump's Wall, Pope Francis Suggests He 'Is Not Christian'  2/18/2016  (676)

How the Portland Media Help Make Domestic Terrorists into Heroes  2/6/2016  (637)

Flint, Michigan: Death Camp City  1/22/2016  (686)

Privatization of Public Land is a Bad Idea  1/22/2016  (721)

Peace Lutheran in Burns, Oregon, Requests Prayers  1/20/2016  (770)

How the Iraq War Created ISIS: Crucial Information for Understanding Terrorism  12/6/2015  (777)

Leading Republican Candidate Donald Trump: How Stupid are the People of Iowa?  11/13/2015  (731)

CNN Repeats Stupid Claim by Pew Research that Religious 'Nones' Dominate Democratic Party  11/5/2015  (745)

First Things has become Relevant to Only One Region of the Country: the South  11/2/2015  (778)

Tell Ben Carson to Give Up His Presidential Campaign  10/27/2015  (760)

Corporate-Funded Think Tanks have Created an Angry, Destructive Politics  10/24/2015  (724)

Protestants Need a Pope  9/30/2015  (789)

R.R. Reno at First Things is Disappointed by Pope Francis  9/25/2015  (852)

Matt Taibbi on the GOP Clown Car  8/15/2015  (914)

Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation  8/12/2015  (844)

Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe  7/21/2015  (1015)

The Republican Party has become an Agent of Southern Religion, Racism and Anti-Unionism  7/20/2015  (849)

Historic Day: Gay Marriage Affirmed by Supreme Court in All 50 States  6/26/2015  (861)

Gun Manufacturers Cannot Be Christian says Pope Francis  6/22/2015  (925)

Pope Francis Teaches Us about Climate Change and the Moral Imperative to Act  6/20/2015  (953)

Cornel West Wows a Conservative University Audience  5/4/2015  (1157)

Police Violence in Baltimore  4/29/2015  (1168)

Bonhoeffer's Vision: An Outcast Church on the Margins of Society  4/25/2015  (1018)

The Debate Over Cornel West  4/21/2015  (1039)

Nebraska Doesn't Believe in the Free Market for Its Electricity  3/29/2015  (1109)

The New Political Mission of the Historic Protestant Church  3/16/2015  (1106)

When Fascism Comes to America; What Love of Country Really Means  3/1/2015  (1127)

Senators Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst Don't Know the Difference between Sunni and Shia Islam  2/28/2015  (1777)

The Shameful Media Attack on John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes  2/18/2015  (1560)

Francis Says God Loves the Marginalized  2/16/2015  (1076)

Rand Paul Disqualifies Himself  2/4/2015  (1136)

Oxfam Report: How the Wealthy Get Their Money by Not Working or Paying Taxes  1/26/2015  (1105)

John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran  1/21/2015  (1119)

Martin Luther on Charlie Hebdo: Sick Secularism and Billy Graham  1/14/2015  (3147)

Whose Speech is Actually Free?  1/14/2015  (1175)

Historic Protestant Speech is Not Free in America Today  1/14/2015  (1337)

Wall Street has Bought Itself a Congress  12/15/2014  (1154)

Democrats Move to Encourage an Elizabeth Warren Candidancy  12/10/2014  (1168)

Iowa Lutherans: Don't Vote for Joni Ernst  10/27/2014  (2558)

Wendell Berry and Incarnational Theology  10/21/2014  (1393)

Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy  10/10/2014  (1374)

Stop the Oil Train Bombs  10/2/2014  (1366)

The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things  9/19/2014  (1371)

Violence All Across the World, including Ferguson, Missouri  8/15/2014  (1383)

Reagan's View of History Still Prevails  8/15/2014  (1324)

Nick Hanauer: Beware, Fellow Plutocrats, the Pitchforks are Coming  8/13/2014  (1360)

Blowing Up Jonah: The Political Use of Religious Symbols  8/12/2014  (1483)

Listen to Rabbi Henry Siegman on Gaza: Killing Innocents  8/1/2014  (1312)

The Lost Iraq War  7/30/2014  (1298)

It is Not Anti-Semitic to Question Israel's Right to Exist as an Ethnic State   7/24/2014  (1272)

Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor  7/23/2014  (1739)

There is No Religious Left  7/22/2014  (1289)

Crisis in Ukraine: A Bit of Background  7/18/2014  (1235)

Teachers Turn Against Obama  7/12/2014  (1439)

The Trouble With Brain Science  7/12/2014  (1327)

The Roman Catholic Supreme Court Decides What is 'Sincere' Religious Belief   7/1/2014  (1384)

Karl Polanyi and the Stark Utopianism of Market Fundamentalism  7/1/2014  (1393)

Corporate Provided Health Care Has To Go  6/30/2014  (1322)

Brookings Report on Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives  4/25/2014  (1406)

Coal Train Crisis Abates   4/16/2014  (1445)

Gay Marriage Ban Ending in England and Wales on Saturday  3/29/2014  (1450)

Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes  3/28/2014  (1443)

A False Gospel: Corporate Christianity  3/27/2014  (1426)

Koch Brothers are Creating Their Own Political Party  1/26/2014  (1575)

Social Justice in New York City  1/1/2014  (1589)

God is a God of Freedom: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology  12/21/2013  (1586)

America, America, the Country that Kills Its Prophets  11/23/2013  (1752)

Thinking about a New Protestantism  11/21/2013  (1615)

Hysterical Anti-Communism: Billy Graham Urged the Killing of a Million Vietnamese  11/21/2013  (2429)

The Next President will be a Woman and a Methodist, but not Hillary  11/11/2013  (1619)

Regular Republicans are Beginning to Reject Their Leaders  11/11/2013  (1581)

Pastors: Help Your People Understand Obamacare  11/6/2013  (1643)

Mothers and Grandmothers on Abortion  11/5/2013  (1733)

Why Obamacare is a Political Con Job  10/30/2013  (1789)

Very Disturbing Governance by Media Manipulation  10/4/2013  (1855)

A Reformation Pope  10/2/2013  (1713)

When the Big Money Mafia Rule  10/1/2013  (1779)

Obama Wins Shutdown Battle  10/1/2013  (1924)

Samantha Power: Protection of the Innocent  9/11/2013  (1910)

Pope Francis to Meet with Gustavo Gutierrez, Founder of Liberation Theology  9/11/2013  (1889)

Apocalypse: Life Beyond Empire and Environmental Destruction  9/9/2013  (1760)

Joining Obama Against Himself?  9/5/2013  (1884)

Arab Spring: Transfer of Power in Syria  9/4/2013  (1837)

Religious Conflict in the History of Syria  9/3/2013  (1817)

Hunger Games: The Divide and Conquer Marketing Strategy of Fox News  8/7/2013  (2038)

The Terrible Mendacity of Stanley Kurtz  8/5/2013  (2326)

Obama Speaks on Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case  7/19/2013  (1834)

Summer Heat: Elders Called to Engage in Civil Disobedience  7/18/2013  (1893)

Business Predators Must Be Forced to Stop Their Damaging Behavior  5/26/2013  (2063)

Pastors Create Public Consciousness  5/26/2013  (1966)

Kathyrn Tanner: The Social Trinity and Politics  5/26/2013  (2048)

Obama Failed to Appoint Competent IRS Leaders  5/22/2013  (2124)

Occupy Theology: Obama has Broken the Hearts of the Young  5/20/2013  (1857)

Corporate Conspiracy Theories in Pastoral Consciousness  5/17/2013  (2044)

The Gosnell Verdict and Abortion Politics  5/16/2013  (2318)

False Equivalence, the IRS, and the Right's Persecution Complex  5/15/2013  (2023)

The NRA: Southern Political Terrorism  5/14/2013  (1970)

Public Violence  4/17/2013  (1830)

A Teacher is Raised  4/8/2013  (1884)

Stop Coal Exports  3/27/2013  (1953)

Health Care Hogs Drive Up Costs  3/27/2013  (1844)

Manufactured Landscapes  3/23/2013  (1932)

About Death Camp Thinking  3/22/2013  (1904)

Marriage Equality Goes Mainstream  3/21/2013  (1951)

Hope for the New Pope  3/14/2013  (2018)

The End of a Catholic Moment  3/12/2013  (1965)

Wealth Inequality is Much Worse than Most People Believe   3/11/2013  (1999)

The Government is Making Us Old  3/11/2013  (2193)

Fairness Now Means to Tax the Rich More  12/10/2012  (2048)

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:THE NEW JIM CROW  11/14/2012  (2159)

A Victory for Life  11/7/2012  (1899)

Romney is Not a Christian  11/5/2012  (2143)

It's Not Theology that is Utopian Today, It's the Market Fundamentalists Like Romney  10/17/2012  (2491)

Why Does Romney Focus So Much On Apology?  9/12/2012  (2061)

A Way of Speaking that Wins Elections  9/6/2012  (2004)

Compared to Other Nations, America is Under-Taxed and More Unequal  8/31/2012  (2023)

Obedience, Not Liberty, is Highest Value for Real Conservatives  8/28/2012  (2091)

Romney Degrades Himself with Welfare Ad  8/28/2012  (2051)

Prosperity Economics: Building an Economy for All  8/3/2012  (2138)

Michele Bachmann: Say Stupid Things, Make Lots of Money  8/1/2012  (2064)

The Trees are Falling  7/14/2012  (2218)

President's Social Darwinism Comment Stirs Up Business Elite  4/16/2012  (2162)

Today is My Last Day at Goldman Sachs  3/14/2012  (2190)

Creation is Broken: Against Utopian Conservatives  3/9/2012  (2168)

Women have Spoken: The End of Rush Limbaugh  3/9/2012  (2157)

Nazism and Public Schools: Catholic Bishops Want Public Money for Their Own Schools  2/25/2012  (2645)

The Cynical Use of Religion by Economic Elites  2/23/2012  (2661)

The Continuing Attack by Religious Right against Mainline Christianity  2/22/2012  (2360)

A Phony Public Theology  2/22/2012  (2163)

Naming the Enemy: Biological Fundamentalism  2/17/2012  (2160)

Social Policy in Pastoral Consciousness: Who Should Serve the 'Poor'?  2/16/2012  (2226)

Bishops Reject Obama Compromise, the Devil is Forcing Birth Control  2/14/2012  (2200)

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It  2/13/2012  (2169)

Romney Believes Constitution is Divine  2/11/2012  (2224)

Santorum Reveals His Political Philosophy with Comment on French Revolution  2/10/2012  (4844)

Legal Aspects of the Contraception Debate  2/9/2012  (2222)

Catholic Bishops Want Freedom to Oppress Women  2/8/2012  (2629)

David Stockman on Crony Capitalism, A Very Helpful Discussion  1/26/2012  (4632)

Wall Street to be Investigated  1/25/2012  (2572)

Obama Tells Truth about Economy  12/7/2011  (2176)

God Demands Justice  11/17/2011  (2158)

Understanding Protest Movements  11/15/2011  (2138)

Chris Hedges: People Have Finally Woken Up  10/8/2011  (2204)

A New Economic Strategy for Wall Street Protests  10/5/2011  (2234)

Wall Street Occupation Protest - Live Video  9/26/2011  (2260)

Tens of Thousands Protest in Israel; Citizens of the USA Should Also Hit the Streets  8/7/2011  (2298)

A Day of Blasphemy: Governor Rick Perry's Prayer Festival  8/5/2011  (2490)

Wall Street Hates the Tea Party  8/4/2011  (2322)

The Instability of the American Political System  7/27/2011  (2393)

Fukuyama on The Origins of Political Order  4/15/2011  (2360)

Obama Punches Back  4/13/2011  (2459)

Punish the Poor  4/9/2011  (2537)

Facing the Reality of Conflict and the Problem with Liberal Neutrality  3/21/2011  (2465)

The Republican Attack on Poor Women  2/20/2011  (2456)

A Real Spirit of Peace  2/11/2011  (2357)

Public Lies about Tax Cuts  2/10/2011  (2444)

The People Own the Streets  2/2/2011  (2459)

Political Violence Works  1/13/2011  (2569)

Religion as a Matter of Political Calculation  12/24/2010  (2667)

Tea Party Leader Says Methodist Church is the Religious Arm of Socialism   12/20/2010  (2720)

Bottom-up History: The Commoners of Atwood  12/13/2010  (2468)

Patriotic Millionaires Support Increase in Their OwnTaxes  12/10/2010  (2536)

Democrats Elected a Republican President  12/9/2010  (2491)

Obama Agrees to Increase Obscene Levels of Inequality  12/9/2010  (2370)

The Unemployed are Actual, Real People  12/3/2010  (2552)

A Deep Sense of Bewilderment and Betrayal  12/2/2010  (2558)

Chalmers Johnson Dies, Military Writer Who Told the Truth  11/21/2010  (2534)

Should the Rich Rule?  11/3/2010  (2401)

The Liberation Theology of Abraham Lincoln  10/12/2010  (2558)

Mass Psychosis as a Pastoral Concern  9/24/2010  (2609)

Glenn Beck and Apostolic Authority  8/31/2010  (2499)

A Moving Event  7/19/2010  (2437)

Gay Marriage to Become Law of the Land  6/21/2010  (2470)

Facing Death at the Center of Life  6/14/2010  (2528)

Rand Paul Exposes Tea Party Racism in Libertarianism  5/20/2010  (2647)

Equal Freedom: The Obama Doctrine  5/7/2010  (2828)

The Last Protestant is Leaving  4/9/2010  (2587)

Economics in Pastoral Consciousness  3/14/2010  (2679)

The Strategic Consciousness of the Protestant Pastor  3/1/2010  (2626)

Memesis and the Culture of Personal Crisis  2/15/2010  (2844)

Watch Out for that Communist Folk Music  1/22/2010  (2809)

The Political Cross at Xmas  12/23/2009  (2725)

There are Socialists and Communists in the White House  10/15/2009  (3368)

Send Money to ACORN Now!  9/19/2009  (3112)

The Moral Blindness of Glenn Beck  8/11/2009  (3200)

The Media Creation of Whacko Conservatism  7/30/2009  (3056)

Seven Pentecostal Mountains and Sarah Palin  7/16/2009  (3218)

Major Media Unfairly Presents Anti-Abortion Rhetoric  6/3/2009  (3151)

You Can Get Killed in a Public Church  6/2/2009  (3263)

Historical Jesus Theories: Bringing on the Reign of God  5/20/2009  (3574)

It's Not Socialism, It's Insanity  5/20/2009  (3071)

When Life Begins is Not at all Clear  5/19/2009  (3299)

The Political Use of Torture  4/25/2009  (3087)

Jesus is Not Some Phony Spook  4/22/2009  (3002)

Poisoned Waters, Chicken Shit and Smart Growth  4/21/2009  (3235)

The Significance of the Killing of Robert F. Kennedy  4/13/2009  (3232)

The Last Book by Neuhaus: America is Babylon  4/10/2009  (3461)

About the New Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships  4/9/2009  (3178)

Seeing the Truth about God and Economy  4/2/2009  (3373)

Big Bankers as Terrorists  3/23/2009  (3362)

Without Trust, No Economy  3/19/2009  (3194)

Exposing the Dual Structure of American Governance  3/19/2009  (3112)

Another Big Book on Justice  3/17/2009  (3132)

Why Pastors Need to Understand Rush Limbaugh  3/16/2009  (3180)

The Freeman Affair and the Israel Lobby  3/16/2009  (3205)

Uncreative Destruction  3/16/2009  (3235)

Some Truth about Income Tax Rates  3/13/2009  (3541)

Cultural Redemption: The Jewish-Arab Peace Song  3/13/2009  (3531)

The Poor Reputation of Evangelicals around the World  3/13/2009  (3266)

They have Stolen Our Language  3/11/2009  (3314)

CNBC: Mouthpiece for Business Ideology  3/11/2009  (3082)

Why Habermas?  3/11/2009  (3186)

Sex in God's Family  3/8/2009  (3386)


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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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