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Pastor to Rabbi, Imam: U.S. Is a 'Christian Nation' -- But We 'Let' You Worship

A Pentecostal bishop on Sunday told a rabbi and an imam that the U.S. was a "Christian nation" that was bridging religious divisions because Christians would "let" other faiths worship and "we're not going to persecute you."

Speaking to a interfaith panel on CBS News, Hope Christian Church Pastor Harry R. Jackson responded to Rabbi David Wolpe, who said that the Americans should "celebrate difference" because "God is greater than any religious tradition."

"In deference to the Christian foundation of this nation, it is that foundation that allows us freedom," Jackson explained. "I don't see this diversity in other places. So to the credit of our Christian foundation of this nation, this freedom we're experiencing is because folks came and said, 'We believe this is to be a Christian nation. We feel like we've been persecuted in the places we came from, and we're going to intentionally let this nation be founded in a way that if you come here and you're Islamic and you come here and you're Jewish, we're not going to persecute you.'"

"Although we don't worship as Jewish people, we're going to let this country be guided in a place where there's going to be liberty and freedom or worship. I feel we'd be remiss if we act like some other set of countries has operated in this way."

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The Treason of Intellectuals - by Chris Hedges

Published on Monday, April 1, 2013 by TruthDig.com
The Treason of Intellectuals
by Chris Hedges


(Illustration by Mr. Fish)

The halfhearted mea culpas by many of these courtiers a decade later always fail to mention the most pernicious and fundamental role they played in the buildup to the war—shutting down public debate.

Those of us who spoke out against the war, faced with the onslaught of right-wing “patriots” and their liberal apologists, became pariahs. In my case it did not matter that I was an Arabic speaker. It did not matter that I had spent seven years in the Middle East, including months in Iraq, as a foreign correspondent. It did not matter that I knew the instrument of war. The critique that I and other opponents of war delivered, no matter how well grounded in fact and experience, turned us into objects of scorn by a liberal elite that cravenly wanted to demonstrate its own “patriotism” and “realism” about national security. The liberal class fueled a rabid, irrational hatred of all war critics. Many of us received death threats and lost our jobs, for me one at The New York Times. These liberal warmongers, 10 years later, remain both clueless about their moral bankruptcy and cloyingly sanctimonious. They have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocents on their hands.


These apologists, however, acted not only as cheerleaders for war; in most cases they ridiculed and attempted to discredit anyone who questioned the call to invade Iraq.

............Those who transfer their allegiance to the practical aims of power and material advantage emasculate themselves intellectually and morally. Benda wrote that intellectuals were once supposed to be indifferent to popular passions. They “set an example of attachment to the purely disinterested activity of the mind and created a belief in the supreme value of this form of existence.” They looked “as moralists upon the conflict of human egotisms.” They “preached, in the name of humanity or justice, the adoption of an abstract principle superior to and directly opposed to these passions.” These intellectuals were not, Benda conceded, very often able to prevent the powerful from “filling all history with the noise of their hatred and their slaughters.” But they did, at least, “prevent the laymen from setting up their actions as a religion, they did prevent them from thinking themselves great men as they carried out these activities.” In short, Benda asserted, “humanity did evil for two thousand years, but honored good. This contradiction was an honor to the human species, and formed the rift whereby civilization slipped into the world.” But once the intellectuals began to “play the game of political passions,” those who had “acted as a check on the realism of the people began to act as its stimulators.” And this is why Michael Moore is correct when he blames The New York Times and the liberal establishment, even more than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, for the Iraq War.

Those who doggedly challenge the orthodoxy of belief, who question the reigning political passions, who refuse to sacrifice their integrity to serve the cult of power, are pushed to the margins. They are denounced by the very people who, years later, will often claim these moral battles as their own. It is only the outcasts and the rebels who keep truth and intellectual inquiry alive. They alone name the crimes of the state. They alone give a voice to the victims of oppression. They alone ask the difficult questions. Most important, they expose the powerful, along with their liberal apologists, for what they are.


BREAKING: Perry Announces Support for Medicaid Expansion

BREAKING: Perry Announces Support for Medicaid Expansion

by: Ben Sherman
Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 09:30 AM CDT

Saying he was "recommitting" himself to following the teachings of Jesus Christ after a period of intense prayer over the weekend, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced at a press conference on Monday that he supports expanding Medicaid in Texas under the Affordable Care Act.

"It would be un-Christlike to punish one-and-a-half million sick, poor Texans because of politics," said Perry, flanked by members of the Boy Scouts and Texas megachurch pastors Robert Jeffress and John and Matthew Hagee on the South Steps of the Capitol. "Jesus wouldn't let scouts like Jimmy or Grandma Hagee go broke just because they got sick. Expanding Medicaid is the Christian thing to do."

Perry is the latest Republican governor who, after taking time to consider the issue, has decided to support the expansion of Medicaid provided in the Affordable Care Act. Though Perry's reversal came amid mounting pressure from Texas hospitals, business representatives, newspaper editorial boards, and even members of Perry's own party, the Governor made it clear on Monday morning their arguments made no direct impact on his decision to support Medicaid expansion.

"I really had some soul-searching to do," said Perry. "Anita gave me one of those 'What Would Jesus Do?' wristbands after we ate our Easter ham, and I spent the rest of the day consulting with Jesus. I know He would treat the 'least of these,' better than I have, and I'm recommitting myself to following his example."

yes, April Fools, lol,

KRUGMAN: "California"

* And California as an experiment for liberal economics: Conservatives like to point to California as a glaring example of the failure of liberal policies, but Paul Krugman pushes back on this storyline: now that the GOP in that state has lost its power to obstruct, we may now see a test run for genuinely progressive economic policies.


The point, however, is that these problems bear no resemblance to the death-by-liberalism story line the California-bashers keep peddling. California isn’t a state in which liberals have run wild; it’s a state where a liberal majority has been effectively hamstrung by a fanatical conservative minority that, thanks to supermajority rules, has been able to block effective policy-making.

And that’s where things get really interesting — because the era of hamstrung government seems to be coming to an end. Over the years, California’s Republicans moved right as the state moved left, yet retained political relevance thanks to their blocking power. But at this point the state’s G.O.P. has fallen below critical mass, losing even its power to obstruct — and this has left Mr. Brown free to push an agenda of tax hikes and infrastructure spending that sounds remarkably like the kind of thing California used to do before the rise of the radical right.

And if this agenda is successful, it will have national implications. After all, California’s political story — in which a radicalized G.O.P. fell increasingly out of touch with an increasingly diverse and socially liberal electorate, and eventually found itself marginalized — is arguably playing out with a lag on the national scene too.

So is California still the place where the future happens first? Stay tuned.


The sacred bond - (Between One Penis & One Vagina.) byTom Tomorrow

The cover of the magazine you receive if you join the NRA.


SUNDOWN IN AMERICA - Reagan Revolution Home To Roost — In Charts

Reagan Revolution Home To Roost — In Charts

In each of the charts below look for the year 1981, when Reagan took office.
Conservative policies transformed the United States from the largest creditor nation to the largest debtor nation in just a few years, and it has only gotten worse since then:


Working people’s share of the benefits from increased productivity took a sudden turn down:

This resulted in intense concentration of wealth at the top:

And forced working people to spend down savings to get by:

Which forced working people to go into debt: (total household debt as percentage ofGDP )

None of which has helped economic growth much: (12-quarter rolling average nominalGDP growth.)*


David Stockman: "If this sounds like advice to get out of the markets and hide out in cash, it is."

State-Wrecked: The Corruption of Capitalism in America
Published: March 30, 2013 378 Comments


This debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party’s embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don’t matter if they result from tax cuts.

In 1981, traditional Republicans supported tax cuts, matched by spending cuts, to offset the way inflation was pushing many taxpayers into higher brackets and to spur investment. The Reagan administration’s hastily prepared fiscal blueprint, however, was no match for the primordial forces — the welfare state and the warfare state — that drive the federal spending machine.

Soon, the neocons were pushing the military budget skyward. And the Republicans on Capitol Hill who were supposed to cut spending exempted from the knife most of the domestic budget — entitlements, farm subsidies, education, water projects. But in the end it was a new cadre of ideological tax-cutters who killed the Republicans’ fiscal religion.


The United States is broke — fiscally, morally, intellectually — and the Fed has incited a global currency war (Japan just signed up, the Brazilians and Chinese are angry, and the German-dominated euro zone is crumbling) that will soon overwhelm it. When the latest bubble pops, there will be nothing to stop the collapse. If this sounds like advice to get out of the markets and hide out in cash, it is.


Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan

Source: Washington Post

Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan
By Emily Heil

Caroline Kennedy will be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. (Mary Altaffer - AP) Looks like there will be a Camelot East — make that Far East: Caroline Kennedy is heading to Tokyo to be the U.S. ambassador. Kennedy, whose support for President Obama during his 2008 campaign was seen as crucial, had been widely talked about as a candidate for the plum diplomatic post, but now things have apparently been firmed up.

The move, which her office did not return a call about, is almost certain to thrill the Japanese, who like their American ambassadors to be superstars. Kennedy’s predecessors include luminaries like legendary Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield, former vice president Walter Mondale, former House speaker Tom Foley, and former Senate majority leader Howard Baker.

We hear that her husband Edwin Schlossberg, who owns a New York-based design firm, won’t be joining her full-time in Tokyo.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/caroline-kennedy-to-be-ambassador-to-japan/2013/03/29/3bb59450-989e-11e2-b68f-dc5c4b47e519_blog.html?wprss=rss_in-the-loop

"Gahhaha." Hey, I think Jindal and Walker are jokes too. Who doesn't?

Hey, I think Jindal and Walker are jokes too. Who doesn't?

by digby

This article by Dan Balz predicting that the great Republican hope will emerge from the ranks of Governors seems like it could have been written in 1998, but I wonder if maybe one of his editors forgot to take out some notes:

Walker and Jindal could be two of a number of governors who become presidential candidates in the future.


That's what it says. And I can certainly understand someone having that reaction.
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