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Beautiful, delicious summer

Beautiful, delicious summer

by Patrick Devlin Been thinking of having a summertime picnic – and as it always is with a picnic, trying to determine what yummy summertime portable food to bring, what other equipment to pack – and most importantly : the setting. I’ve picnicked on the banks of Amphitheater Lake on the top of Wyoming’s Grand Teton, on the iron-stone shores of Lake Superior, in the springtime groves of the Hudson River Valley’s fragrant blooming apple orchards, on the banks of the Flathead River in the Great Bear Wilderness, watching the sun sink below Midwestern farm fields and the Mississippi River, […]

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New Zealand Church Can’t Find Advertising Regulations in King James’ Edition

New Zealand Church Can’t Find Advertising Regulations in King James’ Edition

by Patrick Devlin In America, where Christians have the hobby of lobbying the courts and their legislators for all kinds of special treatment, the faithful, with little green papers stamped with the words “in god we trust” in their pockets, listen to all sorts of self-appointed (and often finely appointed) ministers who advise the poor and sick that god really wants them to be wealthy and healthy, and who promise they can be all helpy – while separating the faithful from their dollars in a manner that’s stealthy. In New Zealand, where the government attempts to encourage even those who […]

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Jesus can’t get a few winks and God can’t buy Infiniti

Jesus can’t get a few winks and God can’t buy Infiniti

by Patrick Devlin Alarmed at the thought of poor shelter-less citizens invading the public’s well-kept city benches, citizens in Davidson, NC motivated by being “concerned for the safety of the neighborhood” have reported to local officials that a vagrant has set up camp in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. The vagrant, an art installation by Timothy Schmalz, is a life size bronze of a man, sheltering himself against the cold with a makeshift blanket, sleeping on a park bench called “Homeless Jesus”. An indication that the bronze sleeping vagrant is the Christ, the homeless wandering religious philosopher of the […]

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Jesus schools taking US taxpayers for fools

Jesus schools taking US taxpayers for fools

by Patrick Devlin Reporter Stephanie Simon writing for Politico has reported on her findings after reviewing government subsidies granted to parents who choose to abandon public education and instead send their school age children to private schools, including hundreds of theological schools. Simon reports that in 2014 US taxpayers will pay nearly $1 billion to subsidize the private education, and in many cases this means the religious education and indoctrination, of grammar and secondary school children across America by providing publically paid for “vouchers” to their parents. The movement to expand the subsidization of private school religious indoctrination has been […]

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South African church leaders have seen this all before

South African church leaders have seen this all before

by Patrick Devlin Christian church leaders in South Africa have extended their support for the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week, an effort to publicize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The South African Council of Churches urged its member churches to “campaign for greater awareness on all Palestinian struggles in general and the plight of Palestinian Christians in particular,” and requested that member congregations “dedicate Sunday services on March 16th during the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign to reflect and pray for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.” The ecumenical group made the […]

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Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwah against Critter Killers

Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwah against Critter Killers

by Patrick Devlin The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI), Indonesia’s highest Islamic clerical body, has issued a fatwah (a religious decree) outlawing the illegal poaching and trafficking of the country’s endangered wildlife species and the wanton decimation of wildlife habitats in the island nation. The religious council deemed illegal hunting of threatened wildlife to be “unethical, immoral and sinful.” Over the course of the past 20 years vast swaths of Indonesian forests have been leveled by lumber interests to make room for palm oil plantations and other agricultural development. The destruction of the nation’s forests has threated the habitat of […]

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Tweeting greetings : chirping cognitive harmony & tense cordiality

Tweeting greetings : chirping cognitive harmony & tense cordiality

The newly appointed Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, recently updated his ‘facebook wall’ noting that Iran, in an awkward act of cognitive harmony, condemns both the massacre of Jews by the Nazis that began during the 1930’s and continued until the end of the Second World War and the ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people, a pogrom that has continued since the 1930’s with the founding of the Zionist paramilitary group, the Irgun. Zarif also had a short twitter conversation with a tweeter who identified herself as the daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that began when Zarif tweeted […]

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Democratic credulity and the scientific religion of free marketism

Democratic credulity and the scientific religion of free marketism

by Patrick Devlin In case there is any lingering hope, that hasn’t yet changed to disbelief or rage, that Democrats have finally torn the gauzy film of free market scientific-theologism from their eyes, we now observe the spectacle of Mr. Obama (a real true Democrat) slathering praise on the lizard-like manipulator consigliore of profit privatization and debt socialization, Mr. Summers, asserting in broad daylight that Summers makes an “outstanding” candidate to head up the Federal Reserve. I really think that Obama believes that Mr. Summers would be a “terrific” head of the Federal Reserve. And whether he knows it or […]

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links 03.03.13

links 03.03.13

Report: Poor U.S. Students Receive Developing-World Educations : Next City Why Isn’t Closing 129 Chicago Public Schools National News? : Black Agenda Report Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else : Truth Out 13 arrested as 200 march on Wells Fargo demanding fair banking practices : Occupy Homes MN New Cars Increasingly Out of Reach for Many Americans : Yahoo News Lobby To Get Israel Exempted From Sequestration : MJ Rosenberg UFree: Israel Tortures A Palestinian Detainee To Death : Scoop NZ

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v2 06.19.12

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