Category: Justice


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This Health Care Reform Will Reduce the Budget Deficit

Some things cost money; we MUST put out some shekels one way or another for some of what we want or need. That’s part of living in human society. So to say we should not have health care reform because it will cost some...

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Greed and Financial Crisis, Now and in 1929

Once and Future Crash(es) In 1954 John Kenneth Galbraith published The Great Crash: 1929, analyzing the stock market crash of late 1929, with suggestions about preventing its recurrence. [Quotes are from the 1961 Riverside Press...

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The Twilight of the Gods of Greed and Money – “FWO’s”

I saw somewhere the other day, for the first time, the acronymn FWO’s – for “Formerly Well Off” persons. The economic state of the USA is changing and people know it, and already there are increasing...

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What Jesus Emphasized Is Not What Churches Like to Emphasize

John Howard Yoder vigorously believes that Jesus’ teaching was very practical and very this-worldly. The spiritual, metaphysical, theological, religious meaning of his life and teaching – in Jesus’ mind and in...

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Does Prayer “Work”? “Scientific & Pastoral Perspectives…”

Here’s a review of another book on prayer as promised a couple of days ago. [Here’s a more recent review of a book on prayer – P T Forsyth’s Soul of Prayer] My second acquisition at Pastors’ Seminar...

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Methodist Paper on Guantanamo, Part II: “Because” They Want To

In the first post about this article I quoted the line from John 3 about men loving darkness because their deeds are evil and they fear exposure. “Because” their deeds are evil they love darkness. But I was under the...

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Nebraska Methodist Article About Guantanamo: Men Love Darkness Because Their Deeds Are Evil

I. The Article The current issue of the Nebraska Messenger, the United Methodist statewide newspaper, has an article about Guantanamo: “What United methodists Should Know About Guantanamo Bay” (pdf, starts on p3) He...

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Who Are More Moral – the Rich or the Poor? Ruskin: Unto This Last

That’s not an easy question to answer. The Bible criticizes the wealthy, sometimes individually, sometimes for specific behaviors, sometimes even as a group. But it also has harsh words for some of the poor, sometimes...

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The (Poor) Community College Kids – And War

Where’s the outrage?A real antiwar movement would end our Iraq disaster. But the middle class doesn’t care enough to protest, so the kids who go to community college will keep dying. “The kids who go to...

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Op-Ed & Editorial in Rural Nebraska Rip Bush Escalation Plan, Call for Support for the Troops

Wow. Two on the same page. The McCook Daily Gazette (my hometown paper, on Thu Jan 11) ran an op-ed critical of Bush’s escalation in Iraq that said, among other things, “It’s unacceptable.” [to many...

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Moral Values in Teaching and Nursing

Here, from a nurse’s blog, are some values I certainly agree with. It makes no mention of Christian values, Biblical values, or “family values.” Does it represent those things as you understand them? So, just...

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Who Would Jesus Torture?

I’m just wondering. Who would JESUS torture? I mean the real Jesus of the Gospels, not the Jesus of “Left Behind” or any other fiction, nor the Jesus of Pat Robertson or any other compromised...

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The Real Screams of Adult Human Beings

These are people who claim to be pro-life, who profess to hear a “fetal scream,” yet they turn a deaf ear to the very real screams of human beings who are being tortured in our name. from Randall Balmer, author of...

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Support the Troops? “Ma’am, We ARE the Troops.” Put your money where your mouth is.

You support the troops by asking the appropriate questions AND demanding answers.“Ma’am, we are the troops” was a response made to a woman during the Vietnam War who urged protesting Vietnam Vets to...

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Denial of Rights is a Sin Against God

Christians believe that man is made in the image of God, that every person is of intrinsic worth before God, and that every individual has a right to the fullest possible opportunity for the development of life abundant and...

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Letter From A Mother

Here are excerpts from a letter JeanValJean posted in a comment. See the full letter here. If you want to tout your own morality, you’d best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality.I am the mother...

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What Difference Does It Make to the Orphans? – Gandhi

  What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? from Gandhi...

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Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes Were Deliberately Increased

That is the clear import of an article in the Washington Post. “The reports are stunning,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “What’s critical is the consistency of...

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NLT Nails It in Micah 7. “Together they scheme to twist justice.”

The New Living Translation (1996, International Bible Society, Colorado Springs) is sometimes fun to read, though not the most reliable or scholarly of the translations available in English. But this, which we read in church...

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“The Foundation of All Totalitarian Government” – Incarceration without Rights. Churchill.

The power of the executive • to cast a man into prison without formulating    any charge known to the law, • and particularly to deny him the    judgment of his peers, is in the...

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When The Money and the Power are One

I’m not an Ayn Rand fan, but you have to acknowledge some wisdom in this selection. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion, when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission...

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Labor Is The Superior of Captial And Deserves The Higher Reward

Back to those quaint rural folks and their quaint notions. Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of...

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OUR Government! – Spying on Us.

There’s a big fuss over a USA today article about the massive extent of the US government spying on it’s own citizens. The President’s non-response in his remarks continues to assume that he is sorta like...

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Who Gives Stones Instead of Bread?

  What is hateful…is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are not rebels but the men, who, having the enjoyment of power, do not discharge the duties of power; they are the men...

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