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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
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WorldNetDaily Ties Pope Francis To The KGB

Earlier this week, WorldNetDaily argued that Pope Francis’ criticism of capitalism is making Jesus Christ “weep in heaven.” Now, the conservative outlet is trying to use the new pope’s social justice teachings to tie him to the KGB. Of course, social justice has been a core teaching of the Roman Catholic Church — among other Christian denominations — since long before Francis became pope. In a column entitled “Communism and the Pope,” WND’s Ileana Johnson Paugh writes that she “traces Francis’ thinking to KGB-influence in S. America” and argues that social justice is not connected to the teachings of Jesus Christ but actually a “Soviet communist-led idea” that helped the KGB “infiltrate” the Catholic Church. -

The Latin American pope from Buenos Aires spoke for the masses that are still waiting for “social justice.” Yet the United States always pledges and helps when tragedy strikes; Americans give generously of their wealth, time and expertise. “Social justice” is an entirely different manufactured creature. According to Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa, the Soviet communist-led idea of “social justice” was infiltrated successfully by the KGB into Latin America’s Catholic Church as a religious movement called “liberation theology.” The goal was to “incite Latin America’s poor to rebel against the ‘institutionalized violence of poverty’ generated by the United States.” (Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, “Disinformation,” WND Books, 2013) From the government’s point of view, what kind of “social justice” are the masses waiting for when pining for socialism and communism? They are waiting to vote again and again for the same individuals and socialist or communist governments that brought them to poverty and kept them perennially downtrodden. They are waiting for socialist governments to give them welfare and free minimal health care through Castro clinics while they stay home and procreate more dependents. They are waiting for the redistribution of wealth from productive citizens. They are enslaved to their governments that decide their daily lives, yet they are told their enslavement is the United States’ fault.

See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/worldnetdaily-ties-pope-francis-kgb#sthash.8mUJcMPD.dpuf
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 08:14 AM (29 replies)

are discuissions about the poltical influence of Pope Francis now banned from the GD forum?

In this particular case the discussion centers entirely around the political rather than religious influence of Pope Francis.

Author: Douglas Carpenter
It really doesn't matter one way or another what people on the left think about Pope Francis
Alerted by Humanist_Activist: Thread belongs in religion forum 2:02 PM

The host who locked this claimed that this was the consensus of the hosts forum - but this is simply not true - There were only three comments made relating to this locking - one of which strongly opposed the locking

Baitball Blogger (13,795 posts)

2. GDHost.

This is exactly the kind of religion thread that meets the exceptions to GD (IMHO). It discusses current issues that are of political interest to progressives. This pope is pushing progressive ideas. This is big news. Earth-shattering since it only happens once or twice in our lifetimes.

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Given that the post received 68 recommends and reflected an opinion that the overwhelming majority of DU members support - thre is simply no reason to lock this.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 3, 2013, 10:57 AM (1 replies)

Look At What Fox News Is Calling "Sharia Law"

Fox News incited Islamophobic fears in its reporting on a weekly swim class at a YMCA facility that ensures the privacy of Muslim girls learning to swim, framing it as evidence that "Sharia law is now changing everything."

In October, a St. Paul YMCA in partnership with the local police department decided to offer an hour long swim practice once a week to give Muslim Somali-American girls between the ages of 5 and 17 an opportunity to learn basic swimming skills, making considerations for the girls' modesty and religious beliefs. On the December 2 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox's Heather Nauert framed this story as evidence that "Sharia law is now changing everything":

NAUERT: Well the minority becoming the majority at one community pool. Sharia law is now changing everything. A YMCA in Minneapolis-St. Paul is starting a swim group for Muslim girls but special considerations have to be made to keep with their religious beliefs. Now this means during the one-hour class, the pool is being shut down, the men's locker room is being locked, and female lifeguards are being brought in. Similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest. We'll keep watching this story for you.

Fox's use of an hour-long swim lesson for girls to push the myth that Sharia is taking over is disconcerting to say the least. For many Muslim girls, this class represents their first opportunity to learn these basic skills, and the Star Tribune noted that this is an important and much-needed program for the community, and that "pecial considerations have to be made to address modesty concerns":


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 2, 2013, 06:28 PM (72 replies)

It really doesn't matter one way or another what people on the left think about Pope Francis

Yes on economic issues he is not saying anything that previous pontiffs have not said. Nor has he reversed the church's position on crucial social issues such as abortion, marriage equality or even birth control. But for whatever reason he is causing heads to roll on the right - especially the religious right. No longer can the Paul Ryan's, Bill Bennett's, Rick Santorum's claim Catholic religious authority to advance their right-wing agenda. There has been a shift in priorities. There has been a call to be less judgmental on social issues and more accepting. Above, all there has been a call for economic justice that directly and specifically attacks on spiritual grounds the economic philosophy of the right. This is significant - not because how it effects how people on the more secular end of the spectrum think - But how it effects the ability of conservative leaning Catholics and other conservative leaning religious people of other stripes to claim the umbrella of religion to legitimize their reactionary agenda. This is significant. It is very significant.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 2, 2013, 11:25 AM (107 replies)

Just when did they start this black Friday stuff anyway? I don't recall it even back in the 80's

If I went back to the 60's - I remember the Friday after Thanksgiving back in Corry, PA as being the first day of the holiday season - the stores would be all lit up - Santa Claus would make an appearance - the downtown Christmas lights would be switched on and there would be a celebratory, happy holiday mood permeating the town. Now it's like Thanksgiving is over and the devil gains his power.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Nov 29, 2013, 08:06 AM (6 replies)

Christie leads possible 2016 GOP contenders in CNN/ORC poll

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) – A new national poll indicates, that for the first time, there may be an early frontrunner in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

And according to a CNN/ORC International survey, if Hillary Clinton decides against making another bid for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden would be the initial favorite to capture the Democratic nomination.

The poll, released Friday morning, indicates that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, fresh off his Garden State re-election landslide victory and widespread national media attention, jumped to the top of the pack of potential contenders for the GOP nomination.

Twenty-four percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP questioned in the survey say they'd be likely to support Christie for the Republican nomination, up seven percentage points from a CNN poll in early September. Back then, Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget chairman and the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, were virtually tied at the top of the GOP list, with Christie at 17% and Ryan at 16%.

Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/29/christie-leads-possible-2016-gop-contenders-in-cnnorc-poll/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Nov 29, 2013, 06:44 AM (22 replies)

Over all how do you feel about Pope Francis?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Nov 28, 2013, 11:33 AM (55 replies)

To the extent you were political as a kid - were your politics then similar to what they are today?

I have had an interesting experience on Facebook connecting in the past year with people I knew from my elementary or junior high days which would have been in the mid to late 60's. With a couple of exception people who I remember as being more or less liberal politically then are for the most part liberal politically now. People who I remember as politically right-wing then are for the most part politically right wing now. An elementary school friend who was the first person to ever tell me about this wonderful governor from California named Ronald Reagan is now a gun tooting right-wing extremist who lives in a trailer park in Eastern Georgia. Conversely people I new from the same mid to late 60's era who identified with Bobby Kennedy or Eugene McCarthy or Hubert Humphrey or LBJ are for the most part liberal Democrats today. I wonder if this is most peoples experience?


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Nov 27, 2013, 01:22 PM (23 replies)

Suspecting NSA spying, Microsoft to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic

Source: Washington Post

Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic after concluding that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications systems, said people familiar with the emerging plans.

Suspicions at Microsoft, while building for several months, sharpened in October when it was reported that the NSA was intercepting traffic inside the private networks of Google and Yahoo, two industry rivals with similar global infrastructures, said people with direct knowledge of the company’s deliberations. They said top Microsoft executives are meeting this week to decide what encryption initiatives to deploy and how quickly.

Documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggest — though do not prove — that the company is right to be concerned. Two previously unreleased slides that describe operations against Google and Yahoo include references to Microsoft’s Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger services. A separate NSA e-mail mentions Microsoft Passport, a Web-based service formerly offered by Microsoft, as a possible target of that same surveillance project, called MUSCULAR, which was first disclosed by The Post last month.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/microsoft-suspecting-nsa-spying-to-ramp-up-efforts-to-encrypt-its-internet-traffic/2013/11/26/44236b48-56a9-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Nov 26, 2013, 10:57 PM (6 replies)

Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economic theories in critique of inequality

Source: Washington Post

Pope Francis: Acts of humility: The new prelate is rewriting the rules in his first year at the Vatican. Here are a few of Francis’s symbolic moves and statements.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Michelle Boorstein, E-mail the writers

Pope Francis on Tuesday sharply criticized growing economic inequality and unfettered markets in a lengthy paper outlining a populist philosophy that he says will guide his papacy as he pushes the Catholic Church to reach out more, particularly to the disenfranchised.

Using sharply worded phrases, Francis decried an “idolatry of money” and warned it would lead to “a new tyranny.” And he invoked language with particular resonance in the United States, attacking an economic theory that discourages taxation and regulation and which most affiliate with conservatives.

It’s the “boldness and explicitness” of the pope’s new writing that makes it so newsworthy, said Michael Sean Winters, a fellow at Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

Yet while previous popes discussed the disenfranchised, they didn’t single out the issue the way Francis has. He has not only done so with his words, but in his actions, such as paying his own hotel bill in person or affectionately embracing a man disfigured by disease.

Experts see Francis as trying to reframe economic justice not just a matter of duty but as a way of connecting better to God.



Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/pope-francis-denounces-trickle-down-economic-theories-in-critique-of-inequality/2013/11/26/e17ffe4e-56b6-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Nov 26, 2013, 02:33 PM (22 replies)
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