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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me

Twelve jurors seated

Eleven prosecutors

Ten tiny fingers

Nine crooked lawyers

Eight talking Russians

Seven plea agreements

Six sealed indictments

Five golden showers,

Four Russian hookers

Three Trump sex tapes

Two Trump ex-wives, and

A treason trial for you and for me.

Mama don't allow.....

Imagine a world without faith or religion.

Let us call that world, in a moment of intentional irony, Utopia.

In this well named Utopia, no one has faith in a deity. The concept has never arisen.

What would this world look like?

Would war be unknown?

Would violence in all of its forms be unknown?

Would humans live in peace and harmony?

How to Press the Reset Button on Faith

From the article:

Faith takes work. Faith is a process, a path that one journeys upon. It isn’t solely a set of beliefs that one has to affirm. Rather, those beliefs are stepping stones to manifesting true faith in one’s actions. Take, for example, the basic belief that there is a God. The affirming of this belief causes one to act in a beautiful way and to work towards meeting this Lord who sustains His creation.


An interesting article, and the point that faith is a process resonates. And for many, that process takes a lifetime.

What constitutes a "valid" interpretation of the Bible?

In Christianity, there are varying views.

One view, the hierarchical view, holds that only the Church hierarchy can determine what is the acceptable interpretation of the Bible, or verses in the Bible.

In the RCC, for example, the tradition in which I was educated, the following passages might help to understand how the RCC advises theists to read the Bible.

Know what the Bible is – and what it isn't. The Bible is the story of God's relationship with the people he has called to himself. It is not intended to be read as history text, a science book, or a political manifesto. In the Bible, God teaches us the truths that we need for the sake of our salvation.


And in that vein,

Granted that the expression of faith, such as it is found in the sacred Scripture acknowledged by all, has had to renew itself continually in order to meet new situations, which explains the "rereadings" of many of the biblical texts, the interpretation of the Bible should likewise involve an aspect of creativity; it ought also to confront new questions so as to respond to them out of the Bible.
Granted that tensions can exist in the relationship between various texts of sacred Scripture, interpretation must necessarily show a certain pluralism. No single interpretation can exhaust the meaning of the whole, which is a symphony of many voices. Thus, the interpretation of one particular text has to avoid seeking to dominate at the expense of others.


And also:

At Catholic Answers, we get questions all the time like, "What is the Catholic position on this Scripture passage?" Many people seem to have the idea that the Catholic Church has an official interpretation of every passage of Scripture. It isn’t true.
First, Scripture has more than one level of meaning. The two basic levels are the literal and the spiritual senses, the latter of which may contain up to three different kinds of meanings, depending on whether it foreshadows something in the New Testament, something at the end of time, or what moral lesson it may teach. Since the literal sense and the subdivisions of the spiritual sense can each be ambiguous (that is, they can carry more than one meaning by the author’s design), the multiplicity of meanings would guarantee that a commentary on the meaning of Scripture would run into the millions of propositions.


The Pope does, of course, make certain pronouncements, speaking ex cathedra, on matters of faith and morals.

Why a 14th-century mystic appeals to today's 'spiritual but not religious' Americans

From the article:

The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in a higher power, if not organized religion, and their numbers too are steadily increasing.
The history of organized religion is full of schisms, heresies and other breakaways. What is different at this time is a seemingly indiscriminate mixing of diverse religious traditions to form a personalized spirituality, often referred to as “cafeteria spirituality.” This involves picking and choosing the religious ideas one likes best.

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'Victory' for Women as Supreme Court Rejects Case Challenging Medicaid Funds for Planned Parenthood

From the article:

In a development hailed as "victory," the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case that sought to prevent Medicaid patients from accessing key healthcare services from Planned Parenthood....

In the 6-3 decision, it was Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch who dissented, saying the high court should have taken up the cases. Notably, conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the liberal justices in refusing to hear the challenges.

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Good news for those who believe in the strict separation of church and state.

And Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh joined with the liberals on this one.

#NoMoreExcuses: Mass Action on Capitol Hill to Demand Dems Back Green New Deal.....

#NoMoreExcuses: Mass Action on Capitol Hill to Demand Dems Back Green New Deal Instead of Fossil Fuel Interests

Thanks to the committed leadership of the youth-led Sunrise Movement and more than 100 other social justice and climate action groups, over the past two weeks 22 Democratic members of the House have now joined the call for presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to form a Select Committee.

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A Green New Deal could act like the earlier New Deal that FDR implemented.

A Green New Deal could also energize some of the "both parties are the same" voters.

A Green New Deal could be the source of millions of new jobs insulating homes, replacing inefficient windows and doors, installing solar panels, and many other jobs related to using less energy and using far less petroleum products.

'Revival!' brings mostly black cast to movie depiction of Gospel of John

From the article:

For creator Harry Lennix, the new movie “Revival!” — a retelling of the Gospel of John with a mostly black cast — is a film whose time has come.
“I think to be able to imagine yourself as somebody like Christ is a great, powerful tool that has been denied us, not necessarily even from outside sources,” said Lennix, a black writer, producer and actor in the film.

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Republican Fears Grow That Trump Is Leading Them To Doom In 2020

From the article:

NBC News’s Geoff Bennett reported, “I can tell you there’s a growing fear. Certainly growing anxiety among trump allies and Republicans that the white house is in no way prepared for the legal and political danger and drama that awaits and that the fall out could damage the party’s prospects in 2020. Why is that? You’ve got Democrats seizing control of Congress in three weeks time with subpoena power. There’s turmoil in the global financial market from the Trump trade war. You have the Russia investigation picking up speed, and you’ve got those new court filings out Friday implicating President Trump in a felony.”

To read more:


Trump was seen by GOP leaders as a useful tool. Now, after the Nov 2018 results, he is revealed as more of an anchor.
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