Category: Resistance


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“With Malice Toward None” – A Necessary Standard!

In pretty much his last words to the American people, Abraham Lincoln began the wrap-up of his Second Inaugural Address with these famous, beautiful ideals: With malice toward none, with charity for all . . . And I think he...

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A Covenant for Civility (Sojourners)

[You can sign this covenant online at the Sojourners site. I have added underlines and bolds to the version below.] How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity. -Psalm 133:1 As Christian pastors and...

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Scott Kleeb on Abortion: “The ideal number … is zero.”

The ideal number for me as a Catholic is zero … and there are plenty of people I’d be willing to work with if they want to get down to … that ideal number which is zero. Just below there’s a video clip (2...

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Government by Fear and Hysteria? Where?

Phil Johnson over at Seeing the Forest sees one of the important differences between these two campaigns for the Presidency. Compare the reaction of Obama and his campaign to last nights “that one” comment by McCain,...

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And Now? Hard Times and Good News.

Bad News Warren Buffett, the widely respected Omaha multi-billionaire, used the phrase “Pearl Harbor” to describe the significance of our nation’s current economic crisis, a phrase he has never before used about the...

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Reputation: Portraits in Power [a book review]

This is a reveiew of Reputation: Portraits in Power, by Marjorie Williams, 2008, PublicAffairs. I wrote it for LibraryThing.com It might have been a little frightening to find oneself the subject of an article Marjorie Williams...

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“Bring Us Back To A Unity of Love”

God, good beyond all that is good, fair beyond all that is fair, in you is calmness peace and concord. Heal the dissensions that divide us from one another and bring us back to a unity of love bearing some likeness to your...

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We Make Ourselves Real By Telling The Truth

[Last weekend the public library sponsored one of those huge used book sales. For less than $20 we got about 3 dozen books. One of life’s pleasures! And most of them, after a week, I’m still glad we got. (Where...

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Shall We Ignore the Recent Past – Or Does America Need Some Form of ‘Truth Commission’?

What do you do when it’s over? One of the problems left by an authoritarian or extensively dishonest and illegal regime is this – how much do we need to talk about or otherwise “deal with” such...

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RFK – “Moral Courage”

Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. – Robert F. Kennedy...

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Why Bother to Tell the Truth?

When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do. – William Blake (Thanks to Tom at Information Clearing House.) Although, of course, a guy...

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American Repentance – Will the Church be “Left Behind?”

If America “repents” – if America is repenting right now – is the Bush-devoted wing of American Christianity going to be “left behind”? “Repent”, you know, means to re-evaluate,...

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The (Mis-)Use of Fear in Politics – Al Gore & Dwight Eisenhower

“Any who act as if freedom’s defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.” – EisenhowerI’ve started into Al Gore’s new book, The...

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Do What You Can

“Ring the bells that still can ring forget your perfect offering there is a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard...

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An Objective of Prayer

I Timothy 2: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and...

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Real Evil Is Very Stubborn – M L King Jr

A couple weeks ago I’d selected a Martin Luther King quote about evil to publish here. But it’s decidedly uncheery, and I left it off. Then we were looking at a PowerPoint series my son prepared for a college class...

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