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Is that an OK sign? A white power symbol? Or just a right-wing troll?

From the article:

From its adoption first by white nationalists, and then by 4chan trolls intent on ‘triggering the libs,’ the well-known hand signal’s use points to deeper concerns.....

However, that narrative obscures the reality of the darker undercurrents behind the spread of the “OK” sign as a far-right signal. In addition to being adopted by Trump-friendly young people who mostly see it as a way to “trigger” liberals, it’s also been adopted by militiaman “Patriots” (though it should be noted that “III%” militiamen use a reverse form of the OK sign as a way to signal membership in their mythical “3 percent” of the populace ready for a revolution).
Overt neo-Nazis such as Andrew Anglin mostly make fun of the whole concept of hand signals (he even ran a vulgar cartoon on the Daily Stormer weighing in on the “controversy”). Yet its use keeps popping up in group photos of far-right hate-group members enjoying like-minded company. Its ubiquity seems to make its use by racists and trolls alike irresistible.

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The struggle for a new American Gospel

From the article:

A couple of years earlier, after a decade of estrangement, I felt a tug to reconnect with organized religion. My two oldest children started having questions. When my daughter asked, “What is God?” we gave the kids a book that said God is everything, which led to my son telling my mother that God was our Honda. So, I started looking for a church. There was no rock band playing slick praise-and-worship music at Trinity Church of Austin, and certainly no speaking in tongues. During services, I saw gay couples and transgender people sitting alongside white-haired Methodist women. The pianist shared that it was the anniversary of his coming to this church, and then explained how his last congregation had ostracized him for being gay. He began to cry as he spoke, and I felt my own tears running down my face.

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Long, but well worth the time.

6 Things I Love the Most About the Quran (And Why I Choose to be a Muslim)

From the article:

Too often in the news, Islam is only associated with terrorism and fanaticism. An uninformed viewer may think to himself: How could anyone in their right minds find inspiration and solace from such a faith? But, to billions of people, Islam is their avenue for seeking liberation and peace.

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A partial Trump/GOP enemies list:

Any enemies list that I make will of course be incomplete. But here is my list.

And this is inspired by sheshe's latest. Edited to add: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211155141

Official enemies list:

1) The FBI, CIA, and every other intelligence agency that knows that Trump and Putin are a bit too close.

2) The US Department of Justice

3) The US media, except for Infowars, which hardly counts as media.

4) The entire Democratic Party.

5) 99% of all non-white people.

6) Robert Mueller.

7) Paul Manafort.

8) Michael Cohen.

And last so far, but not least:

9) Reality.

One important characteristic of many stupid people is that they do not know it.

Think of Trump. A profoundly ignorant man who has never worked a day in his life. But an ignorant RICH man. And that makes the difference.

Because he had a rich father, he had no worries. He never had to apply for a job, never had to actually do anything to get his position.

And his business history of multiple bankruptcies, multiple bailouts by his father, thousands of lawsuits for non-payment of bills, all show how his stupidity is reflected in his business history.

The only success Trump has enjoyed is on reality television, where he played an ignorant bully. Not asking too much of him there.

Well, he did have more success in that he has, so far, successfully conned that segment of the population that can always be fooled, as well as successfully appealing to the persistent segment of gross racists in the country.

Willow Creek names NAE head, 3 others to oversee Hybels investigation

From the article:

Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent emerita of The Wesleyan Church, and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, will lead a new investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Hybels, the retired founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church....

But others don’t think the Willow Creek Independent Advisory Group goes far enough. Boz Tchividjian — head of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), which has not been consulted by Willow Creek — said he was “troubled” the advisory group’s charges don’t include an investigation into church and association leaders’ handling of the allegations brought to them years ago.

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Pardon my language, speaking of the Kavanaugh issue, and Trump's response, but...

in my view, it is President Pussygrabber attempting to divert from Judge Pussygrabber's own issues with sexual predation and violence.

Just as President Pussygrabber previously defended Judge Roy Pussygrabber when Roy was running for an Alabama Senate seat.

And one thing we should all remember is that, sexual predators defend each other.

Good news: Survey shows more pastors preach about abuse in #MeToo age

From the article:

Half of Protestant pastors say they preach to their churches about domestic and sexual violence, an increase from four years ago, when only a third said they raised the issue, a new survey shows.
LifeWay Research took a detailed look at Protestant clergy’s attitudes toward abuse and harassment and what they’ve done about it, surveying 1,000 pastors by phone during the summer of 2018 as the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements dominated the news.

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51% in 2018 is better than the 34% recorded in 2014. But more is expected.

When any country allows capitalists to essentially monetize the health of its people:

When any country allows capitalists to essentially monetize the health of its people, health will be second to profits.

That was my response to the original, excellent post linked below.


And that is exactly what the US system is. No matter if one has employer provided/subsidized health care or not, profit is built into the US system so that the 1% can take advantage of people.

All that is lacking is the political will to demand a Medicare for All that covers everyone.

When Prophets Come Alive

From the article:

I recently accompanied my murshid on a spiritual retreat in Turkey, along with a group of dear friends and seekers. …

One of the lessons that resonated with me was the idea that we can relate to prophets and saints like Muhammad, Jesus, Mary, Buddha or Rumi not merely as historical figures, but as sacred personalities who belong to all humanity, rather than a particular religion, ideology or nationality. They represent transcendent qualities accessible through the collective human consciousness....

Understanding that prophets and saints reside in the potentiality of every human’s experience opened a deeper dimension of intimacy and connection for me. It’s also obliterated the cultural and religious divisions that I’d grown up believing separated people.

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