Category: Politics

#VRA Ruling Opens Door For Death Of #PatriotAct

The defeat of certain provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act has raised an interesting question for me. If laws that work need to be revisited and overruled by the Supreme Court, shouldn't someone file a suit to get the Patriot Act on track for the Supreme Court? Think about it. The majority ruling cited

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I See What Ya’ Did There, @GlennBeck

Glenn Beck, Professional Clown

I don't know why I do it to myself, but I listen to Glenn Beck's radio program.

Yes, seriously.

This morning, during one of his live advertisements for gold, he makes this statement:

I don't know how this all ends, but it doesn't end well.

He is – of course – talking about the continuing economic malaise the global economy is experiencing.

I've heard him say this – or things like this – numerous times. It wasn't until this morning that I realized what a weasely, chicken little-y, media whore-y type of statement it really is.

Essentially, he is able to keep his “the sky it falling” rap afloat without offering any evidence of it. Sure, he spends his entire broadcast presenting “evidence” of what he believes is the truth, but he is nearly never correct about any of his wild-eyed bloviating.

Why do I care?

If it weren't for the fact that Mr. Beck has such a broad reach – and has taken to shrouding his every move in the discussions he has with and visions he gets from God – I wouldn't care that much. I'd still listen, but not actively.

Glenn Beck is an entertainer. He's an actor. He's a visionary entrepreneur.

To be trusted for actual news or sincere opinion, he's not.

Nearly 10,000 Gun-Related Deaths Means There’s No Problem

I've seen many people – including clergy friends of mine – state the statistic that gun-related violence on the decline. I've seen the chart, as well. However, this does not change the fact that there are still around 10,000 gun-related deaths in this country – every year. I will not stop saying that there is

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Chris Tiedeman Goes to the Polls

Vote today! Here is my experience at the polls. Enjoy.

When I Step Into That Voting Booth…

  I think about all that has led up to that moment. The wars that were fought. The freedom I enjoy. The soldiers who died. The rights that were denied. The rights that were won. The hate that was overcome. The prejudices that were toppled. The barriers that still stand in the way. Those who

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SERMON: Series Part 1 “John Wesley on The 2012 Election”

Mark 12.17 17 Jesus said to them, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him. John Wesley on The 2012 Election We are beginning a four-week sermon series on John Wesley.  We are going to look at what

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Mark Tooley’s Disgusting Straw Man Speculation – @theIRD

  Mark Tooley reeled me in this time. In an article posted by One News Now, Mark Tooley begins a story by using the POTUS’s middle name (Hussein) – in this context, a dog-whistle to connect Obama to “the other” in the reader’s mind – and recounting the history of his membership at Wright’s Trinity

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Keith Pavlisheck of @theIRD Creates a Straw Man from a Straw Man

  Keith Pavlisheck is a blogger with The Institute on Religion & Democracy.  Apparently, he also specializes in calling fellow believers names and having a sullen sense of superiority about it. Shane Claiborne is a pacifist – and a church leader, writer and prolific national speaker.  He views Jesus self-sacrificing death on the cross as a

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“When The Church Has Nothing More To Say…”

With a circulation of just over 30,000, I’m sure The Christian Century should be read by many more people.  Yeah, it’s print – and print is dying – but still… In their October 31st, 2012 edition, an editorial column addresses the recent efforts of just less than 1,500 pastors to buck IRS regulations and engage in electoral

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Billy Graham Sells Out Before Checking Out – Mormonism No ‘Cult’

I don’t mean to sound crass, but Billy Graham is suffering from a long list of ailments that may soon “call him home.”  But before he does that, he needs to help a Mormon get elected by selling out his long held beliefs. NOTE: This is not an anti-Mormon post.  I don’t care about the

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