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Where Your Tax Dollar Goes  4/18/2017  (28)

Talking It Through  4/15/2017  (42)

False Community Consciousness and Local Radio  4/1/2017  (63)

Politicians Can Use Nostalgia to Manipulate the Minds and Hearts of People  3/31/2017  (58)

Two Forms of Governance: Big Corporations Want to Snoop about Your Internet Behavior  3/27/2017  (68)

Obamacare is Not Imploding, Can Be Improved  3/24/2017  (84)

The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency  3/24/2017  (82)

An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism  3/21/2017  (83)

Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump  3/21/2017  (95)

Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself  3/18/2017  (101)

Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans  3/18/2017  (95)

Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People  3/17/2017  (106)

Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election  3/16/2017  (95)

Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime  3/13/2017  (129)

White People are Hurting Themselves  3/11/2017  (126)

Basic Civics Lesson for Libertarians  3/8/2017  (134)

Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim  3/8/2017  (189)

Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos  2/28/2017  (213)

Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square  2/21/2017  (450)

Trump is Using Immigrants as a Political Scapegoat: Very Bad  2/20/2017  (191)

To Dominate Politics, Business Needs Religious Extremism  2/13/2017  (215)

No Vision or Leadership from National Council of Churches  2/9/2017  (237)

Post-Factual Politics  2/8/2017  (219)

Trump May Want a Terrorist Attack  2/7/2017  (234)

For the Right Wing: Only Christians Deserve Religious Freedom  2/6/2017  (200)

Where Are the Reverends in Justice Movements?  2/3/2017  (265)

Trump is Centralizing Power: Resist Fascism  1/30/2017  (289)

Cry for Our Country: Spontaneous Demonstrations across America  1/28/2017  (261)

Truth in the Trump Era  1/23/2017  (290)

"We Will Not Go Away, Welcome to Your First Day"  1/21/2017  (304)

Violence, Racism, Authoritarianism Characterize Trump's Inaugural Speech  1/21/2017  (356)

First Things Doesn't Like that Trump Surrounds Himself with Prosperity Gospelers, Snake Oil Salesmen  1/17/2017  (347)

Newt Gingrich Gets Trump Wrong: Why Southerners Hate the Federal Government  12/27/2016  (319)

From Peace on Earth to an Election Based on Violence  12/23/2016  (332)

Bill O'Reilly Admits the Truth: For Republicans Elections are All about Race  12/23/2016  (392)

No Mandate for Trump, Says Jeff Merkley  12/22/2016  (342)

2010 Prediction: White People with Self-destructive Fantasies will Elect a Figure Like Trump  12/17/2016  (318)

Gore Vidal on Ayn Rand: God is "I"  12/14/2016  (306)

Russian Atheistic Ideas Now Dominate the American Political System  12/14/2016  (270)

Trump Over Performed the Most in Counties with the Highest Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality Rates  12/9/2016  (290)

Back to the Catacombs for the Real Church  12/8/2016  (332)

A Prayer for Standing Rock  11/12/2016  (300)

Trump Will Be Impeached within a Year  11/11/2016  (343)

David Brooks on the Authoritarian Anti-Politics of Trump  11/10/2016  (321)

An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement Begins with Protesters in Streets Nationwide  11/10/2016  (319)

Hillary Lost Because of Her Husband's Economic Policies  11/9/2016  (337)

Evangelicals Elect a Racist Pervert as President  11/9/2016  (367)

Very Serious National Decline  11/9/2016  (323)

The Silly Controversy about Hillary's Emails  11/7/2016  (334)

Trump Offers to Rescue Lower Income White People in a Secular Rapture  11/2/2016  (306)

The Crisis of Conservative Intellectuals  11/1/2016  (350)

James Comey Should Resign or Be Fired  10/30/2016  (337)

Traveling Luther's Life 500 Years Later  10/24/2016  (366)

The Death of Tom Hayden  10/24/2016  (358)

False Superiority Syndrome: A Terrible Disease of the European White Mind  7/22/2016  (677)

Delusion: Ben Carson Thinks Saul Alinsky Worshipped the Devil  7/20/2016  (486)

Understanding the Context for Preaching  7/16/2016  (475)

Journalists Must Treat Trump Differently  7/15/2016  (462)

Reading Grace in History through a Black Lens  6/26/2016  (469)

A Dark Day for the UK  6/24/2016  (483)

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Has Got to Go to Unite Democrats Against the Racist, Trump  5/27/2016  (548)

John Caputo On Divine Sovereignty and the Weakness of God  5/23/2016  (486)

A Corrupt Form of Christianity is Destroying the Republican Party  4/5/2016  (623)

President Obama: 'We are Easter People'  3/31/2016  (584)

Evangelicals are Not Voting Trump, Jacksonians Are  3/31/2016  (573)

The Modern War on Drugs Began as Nixon's Racist Assault on Black People  3/24/2016  (584)

Listen to a Black Man Standing Silently at a Trump Rally  3/15/2016  (581)

Who Should be President? Strict Father or Nurturing Parent  3/3/2016  (620)

Trump is a Fraud Who is Playing the American People as Suckers, Says Romney  3/3/2016  (707)

Asked about Donald Trump's Wall, Pope Francis Suggests He 'Is Not Christian'  2/18/2016  (630)

How the Portland Media Help Make Domestic Terrorists into Heroes  2/6/2016  (590)

Flint, Michigan: Death Camp City  1/22/2016  (645)

Privatization of Public Land is a Bad Idea  1/22/2016  (677)

Peace Lutheran in Burns, Oregon, Requests Prayers  1/20/2016  (730)

How the Iraq War Created ISIS: Crucial Information for Understanding Terrorism  12/6/2015  (732)

Leading Republican Candidate Donald Trump: How Stupid are the People of Iowa?  11/13/2015  (684)

CNN Repeats Stupid Claim by Pew Research that Religious 'Nones' Dominate Democratic Party  11/5/2015  (702)

First Things has become Relevant to Only One Region of the Country: the South  11/2/2015  (731)

Tell Ben Carson to Give Up His Presidential Campaign  10/27/2015  (724)

Corporate-Funded Think Tanks have Created an Angry, Destructive Politics  10/24/2015  (675)

Protestants Need a Pope  9/30/2015  (750)

R.R. Reno at First Things is Disappointed by Pope Francis  9/25/2015  (812)

Matt Taibbi on the GOP Clown Car  8/15/2015  (868)

Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation  8/12/2015  (807)

Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe  7/21/2015  (975)

The Republican Party has become an Agent of Southern Religion, Racism and Anti-Unionism  7/20/2015  (808)

Historic Day: Gay Marriage Affirmed by Supreme Court in All 50 States  6/26/2015  (806)

Gun Manufacturers Cannot Be Christian says Pope Francis  6/22/2015  (885)

Pope Francis Teaches Us about Climate Change and the Moral Imperative to Act  6/20/2015  (917)

Cornel West Wows a Conservative University Audience  5/4/2015  (1108)

Police Violence in Baltimore  4/29/2015  (1128)

Bonhoeffer's Vision: An Outcast Church on the Margins of Society  4/25/2015  (974)

The Debate Over Cornel West  4/21/2015  (1004)

Nebraska Doesn't Believe in the Free Market for Its Electricity  3/29/2015  (1064)

The New Political Mission of the Historic Protestant Church  3/16/2015  (1058)

When Fascism Comes to America; What Love of Country Really Means  3/1/2015  (1086)

Senators Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst Don't Know the Difference between Sunni and Shia Islam  2/28/2015  (1735)

The Shameful Media Attack on John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes  2/18/2015  (1515)

Francis Says God Loves the Marginalized  2/16/2015  (1034)

Rand Paul Disqualifies Himself  2/4/2015  (1087)

Oxfam Report: How the Wealthy Get Their Money by Not Working or Paying Taxes  1/26/2015  (1064)

John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran  1/21/2015  (1077)

Martin Luther on Charlie Hebdo: Sick Secularism and Billy Graham  1/14/2015  (3078)

Whose Speech is Actually Free?  1/14/2015  (1138)

Historic Protestant Speech is Not Free in America Today  1/14/2015  (1299)

Wall Street has Bought Itself a Congress  12/15/2014  (1111)

Democrats Move to Encourage an Elizabeth Warren Candidancy  12/10/2014  (1127)

Iowa Lutherans: Don't Vote for Joni Ernst  10/27/2014  (2491)

Wendell Berry and Incarnational Theology  10/21/2014  (1356)

Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy  10/10/2014  (1329)

Stop the Oil Train Bombs  10/2/2014  (1320)

The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things  9/19/2014  (1329)

Violence All Across the World, including Ferguson, Missouri  8/15/2014  (1339)

Reagan's View of History Still Prevails  8/15/2014  (1294)

Nick Hanauer: Beware, Fellow Plutocrats, the Pitchforks are Coming  8/13/2014  (1326)

Blowing Up Jonah: The Political Use of Religious Symbols  8/12/2014  (1439)

Listen to Rabbi Henry Siegman on Gaza: Killing Innocents  8/1/2014  (1270)

The Lost Iraq War  7/30/2014  (1265)

It is Not Anti-Semitic to Question Israel's Right to Exist as an Ethnic State   7/24/2014  (1224)

Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor  7/23/2014  (1697)

There is No Religious Left  7/22/2014  (1234)

Crisis in Ukraine: A Bit of Background  7/18/2014  (1184)

Teachers Turn Against Obama  7/12/2014  (1392)

The Trouble With Brain Science  7/12/2014  (1285)

The Roman Catholic Supreme Court Decides What is 'Sincere' Religious Belief   7/1/2014  (1341)

Karl Polanyi and the Stark Utopianism of Market Fundamentalism  7/1/2014  (1356)

Corporate Provided Health Care Has To Go  6/30/2014  (1280)

Brookings Report on Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives  4/25/2014  (1363)

Coal Train Crisis Abates   4/16/2014  (1401)

Gay Marriage Ban Ending in England and Wales on Saturday  3/29/2014  (1403)

Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes  3/28/2014  (1406)

A False Gospel: Corporate Christianity  3/27/2014  (1384)

Koch Brothers are Creating Their Own Political Party  1/26/2014  (1536)

Social Justice in New York City  1/1/2014  (1542)

God is a God of Freedom: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology  12/21/2013  (1542)

America, America, the Country that Kills Its Prophets  11/23/2013  (1715)

Thinking about a New Protestantism  11/21/2013  (1570)

Hysterical Anti-Communism: Billy Graham Urged the Killing of a Million Vietnamese  11/21/2013  (2373)

The Next President will be a Woman and a Methodist, but not Hillary  11/11/2013  (1576)

Regular Republicans are Beginning to Reject Their Leaders  11/11/2013  (1544)

Pastors: Help Your People Understand Obamacare  11/6/2013  (1612)

Mothers and Grandmothers on Abortion  11/5/2013  (1691)

Why Obamacare is a Political Con Job  10/30/2013  (1748)

Very Disturbing Governance by Media Manipulation  10/4/2013  (1812)

A Reformation Pope  10/2/2013  (1680)

When the Big Money Mafia Rule  10/1/2013  (1733)

Obama Wins Shutdown Battle  10/1/2013  (1878)

Samantha Power: Protection of the Innocent  9/11/2013  (1864)

Pope Francis to Meet with Gustavo Gutierrez, Founder of Liberation Theology  9/11/2013  (1828)

Apocalypse: Life Beyond Empire and Environmental Destruction  9/9/2013  (1717)

Joining Obama Against Himself?  9/5/2013  (1836)

Arab Spring: Transfer of Power in Syria  9/4/2013  (1798)

Religious Conflict in the History of Syria  9/3/2013  (1779)

Hunger Games: The Divide and Conquer Marketing Strategy of Fox News  8/7/2013  (1996)

The Terrible Mendacity of Stanley Kurtz  8/5/2013  (2283)

Obama Speaks on Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case  7/19/2013  (1793)

Summer Heat: Elders Called to Engage in Civil Disobedience  7/18/2013  (1860)

Business Predators Must Be Forced to Stop Their Damaging Behavior  5/26/2013  (2022)

Pastors Create Public Consciousness  5/26/2013  (1918)

Kathyrn Tanner: The Social Trinity and Politics  5/26/2013  (2004)

Obama Failed to Appoint Competent IRS Leaders  5/22/2013  (2077)

Occupy Theology: Obama has Broken the Hearts of the Young  5/20/2013  (1824)

Corporate Conspiracy Theories in Pastoral Consciousness  5/17/2013  (2007)

The Gosnell Verdict and Abortion Politics  5/16/2013  (2270)

False Equivalence, the IRS, and the Right's Persecution Complex  5/15/2013  (1991)

The NRA: Southern Political Terrorism  5/14/2013  (1929)

Public Violence  4/17/2013  (1788)

A Teacher is Raised  4/8/2013  (1834)

Stop Coal Exports  3/27/2013  (1907)

Health Care Hogs Drive Up Costs  3/27/2013  (1808)

Manufactured Landscapes  3/23/2013  (1882)

About Death Camp Thinking  3/22/2013  (1853)

Marriage Equality Goes Mainstream  3/21/2013  (1907)

Hope for the New Pope  3/14/2013  (1964)

The End of a Catholic Moment  3/12/2013  (1933)

Wealth Inequality is Much Worse than Most People Believe   3/11/2013  (1961)

The Government is Making Us Old  3/11/2013  (2152)

Fairness Now Means to Tax the Rich More  12/10/2012  (2004)

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:THE NEW JIM CROW  11/14/2012  (2112)

A Victory for Life  11/7/2012  (1858)

Romney is Not a Christian  11/5/2012  (2104)

It's Not Theology that is Utopian Today, It's the Market Fundamentalists Like Romney  10/17/2012  (2448)

Why Does Romney Focus So Much On Apology?  9/12/2012  (2024)

A Way of Speaking that Wins Elections  9/6/2012  (1956)

Compared to Other Nations, America is Under-Taxed and More Unequal  8/31/2012  (1980)

Obedience, Not Liberty, is Highest Value for Real Conservatives  8/28/2012  (2043)

Romney Degrades Himself with Welfare Ad  8/28/2012  (2011)

Prosperity Economics: Building an Economy for All  8/3/2012  (2095)

Michele Bachmann: Say Stupid Things, Make Lots of Money  8/1/2012  (2031)

The Trees are Falling  7/14/2012  (2177)

President's Social Darwinism Comment Stirs Up Business Elite  4/16/2012  (2123)

Today is My Last Day at Goldman Sachs  3/14/2012  (2152)

Creation is Broken: Against Utopian Conservatives  3/9/2012  (2127)

Women have Spoken: The End of Rush Limbaugh  3/9/2012  (2119)

Nazism and Public Schools: Catholic Bishops Want Public Money for Their Own Schools  2/25/2012  (2603)

The Cynical Use of Religion by Economic Elites  2/23/2012  (2609)

The Continuing Attack by Religious Right against Mainline Christianity  2/22/2012  (2307)

A Phony Public Theology  2/22/2012  (2117)

Naming the Enemy: Biological Fundamentalism  2/17/2012  (2125)

Social Policy in Pastoral Consciousness: Who Should Serve the 'Poor'?  2/16/2012  (2182)

Bishops Reject Obama Compromise, the Devil is Forcing Birth Control  2/14/2012  (2155)

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It  2/13/2012  (2127)

Romney Believes Constitution is Divine  2/11/2012  (2182)

Santorum Reveals His Political Philosophy with Comment on French Revolution  2/10/2012  (4794)

Legal Aspects of the Contraception Debate  2/9/2012  (2181)

Catholic Bishops Want Freedom to Oppress Women  2/8/2012  (2586)

David Stockman on Crony Capitalism, A Very Helpful Discussion  1/26/2012  (4575)

Wall Street to be Investigated  1/25/2012  (2526)

Obama Tells Truth about Economy  12/7/2011  (2140)

God Demands Justice  11/17/2011  (2113)

Understanding Protest Movements  11/15/2011  (2096)

Chris Hedges: People Have Finally Woken Up  10/8/2011  (2165)

A New Economic Strategy for Wall Street Protests  10/5/2011  (2188)

Wall Street Occupation Protest - Live Video  9/26/2011  (2215)

Tens of Thousands Protest in Israel; Citizens of the USA Should Also Hit the Streets  8/7/2011  (2260)

A Day of Blasphemy: Governor Rick Perry's Prayer Festival  8/5/2011  (2455)

Wall Street Hates the Tea Party  8/4/2011  (2287)

The Instability of the American Political System  7/27/2011  (2354)

Fukuyama on The Origins of Political Order  4/15/2011  (2319)

Obama Punches Back  4/13/2011  (2414)

Punish the Poor  4/9/2011  (2497)

Facing the Reality of Conflict and the Problem with Liberal Neutrality  3/21/2011  (2422)

The Republican Attack on Poor Women  2/20/2011  (2422)

A Real Spirit of Peace  2/11/2011  (2314)

Public Lies about Tax Cuts  2/10/2011  (2395)

The People Own the Streets  2/2/2011  (2407)

Political Violence Works  1/13/2011  (2523)

Religion as a Matter of Political Calculation  12/24/2010  (2618)

Tea Party Leader Says Methodist Church is the Religious Arm of Socialism   12/20/2010  (2677)

Bottom-up History: The Commoners of Atwood  12/13/2010  (2424)

Patriotic Millionaires Support Increase in Their OwnTaxes  12/10/2010  (2483)

Democrats Elected a Republican President  12/9/2010  (2443)

Obama Agrees to Increase Obscene Levels of Inequality  12/9/2010  (2334)

The Unemployed are Actual, Real People  12/3/2010  (2515)

A Deep Sense of Bewilderment and Betrayal  12/2/2010  (2516)

Chalmers Johnson Dies, Military Writer Who Told the Truth  11/21/2010  (2497)

Should the Rich Rule?  11/3/2010  (2359)

The Liberation Theology of Abraham Lincoln  10/12/2010  (2499)

Mass Psychosis as a Pastoral Concern  9/24/2010  (2567)

Glenn Beck and Apostolic Authority  8/31/2010  (2453)

A Moving Event  7/19/2010  (2397)

Gay Marriage to Become Law of the Land  6/21/2010  (2428)

Facing Death at the Center of Life  6/14/2010  (2481)

Rand Paul Exposes Tea Party Racism in Libertarianism  5/20/2010  (2606)

Equal Freedom: The Obama Doctrine  5/7/2010  (2787)

The Last Protestant is Leaving  4/9/2010  (2544)

Economics in Pastoral Consciousness  3/14/2010  (2637)

The Strategic Consciousness of the Protestant Pastor  3/1/2010  (2591)

Memesis and the Culture of Personal Crisis  2/15/2010  (2802)

Watch Out for that Communist Folk Music  1/22/2010  (2773)

The Political Cross at Xmas  12/23/2009  (2684)

There are Socialists and Communists in the White House  10/15/2009  (3321)

Send Money to ACORN Now!  9/19/2009  (3064)

The Moral Blindness of Glenn Beck  8/11/2009  (3155)

The Media Creation of Whacko Conservatism  7/30/2009  (3016)

Seven Pentecostal Mountains and Sarah Palin  7/16/2009  (3179)

Major Media Unfairly Presents Anti-Abortion Rhetoric  6/3/2009  (3120)

You Can Get Killed in a Public Church  6/2/2009  (3216)

Historical Jesus Theories: Bringing on the Reign of God  5/20/2009  (3539)

It's Not Socialism, It's Insanity  5/20/2009  (3024)

When Life Begins is Not at all Clear  5/19/2009  (3251)

The Political Use of Torture  4/25/2009  (3042)

Jesus is Not Some Phony Spook  4/22/2009  (2960)

Poisoned Waters, Chicken Shit and Smart Growth  4/21/2009  (3190)

The Significance of the Killing of Robert F. Kennedy  4/13/2009  (3180)

The Last Book by Neuhaus: America is Babylon  4/10/2009  (3411)

About the New Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships  4/9/2009  (3134)

Seeing the Truth about God and Economy  4/2/2009  (3327)

Big Bankers as Terrorists  3/23/2009  (3305)

Without Trust, No Economy  3/19/2009  (3155)

Exposing the Dual Structure of American Governance  3/19/2009  (3070)

Another Big Book on Justice  3/17/2009  (3085)

Why Pastors Need to Understand Rush Limbaugh  3/16/2009  (3138)

The Freeman Affair and the Israel Lobby  3/16/2009  (3159)

Uncreative Destruction  3/16/2009  (3186)

Some Truth about Income Tax Rates  3/13/2009  (3500)

Cultural Redemption: The Jewish-Arab Peace Song  3/13/2009  (3493)

The Poor Reputation of Evangelicals around the World  3/13/2009  (3222)

They have Stolen Our Language  3/11/2009  (3268)

CNBC: Mouthpiece for Business Ideology  3/11/2009  (3039)

Why Habermas?  3/11/2009  (3146)

Sex in God's Family  3/8/2009  (3339)


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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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