religion


The Church’s Turn Toward Nonviolence

JohnDear2
“For its first three centuries, Christianity required the practice of active nonviolence as taught by Jesus. The early Christians refused to serve the Roman Empire or kill in its wars, and so they were routinely arrested and killed…”

Rev. John Dear
Published in: Huffington Post, Counterpunch, Pace e Bene, Transcend Media Service, Pax Christi USA
Date: April 20,21,25,2016
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The Tide of History Flows Left

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JamesHaught
“One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: Liberals always win. Complex social struggles may take centuries or decades, he says, but they eventually bring victory for human rights, more democratic liberties, a stronger public safety net, and other progressive goals.

Look how long it took to end slavery. Generations of agitation and the horrible Civil War finally brought triumph for liberal abolitionists and defeat for conservative slavery supporters.”

Author: James A. Haught
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/15/the-tide-of-history-flows-left/
News Sentinel Knoxville http://www.knoxnews.com/opinion/columnists/james-a-haught-the-tide-of-history-flows-left_80362872
The Salem News http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/column-the-tide-of-history-flows-left/article_7d08e99b-e05c-5b3f-a0af-37ffcaf70cfb.html
Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/09/16/tide-history-flows-left
The Johnstown Breeze http://myjohnstownbreeze.com
Our Future Blog http://ourfuture.org/20150915/the-tide-of-history-flows-left
Charleston Gazette-Mail http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150803/ARTICLE/150809883
Hanford Sentinel http://hanfordsentinel.com/eedition/page-a/page_9c4f5d14-f59e-52b0-8c19-5e29598ad717.html?comment_form=true
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/the_tide_of_history_flows_left/
La Progressive https://www.laprogressive.com/liberals-always-win/
Date: August 2,3,5,9, September 15,16,2015

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Guns and the Godly

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LawrenceWittner
“Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? Christianity, after all, is a religion that professes love and peace. Admittedly, the Christian Bible’s frequent depiction of Christ (“The Prince of Peace”) as rejecting violence seems contradicted by his remark that he had come not to bring peace, but a sword. But this statement can be interpreted as meaning that his preaching would cause religious divisions in society, rather than that he approved of the spread of weapons and war.”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner
Published in: Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/guns-and-the-godly_b_7710192.html
Push Back.US http://pushback.us/guns-and-the-godly/
La Progressive https://www.laprogressive.com/evangelicals-love-guns/
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/02/guns-and-the-godly/
Fountain of Light.net http://www.fountainoflight.net/publish/article_7644.shtml
Slantpoint Blog https://slantpoint.com/guns-and-the-godly/
The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/26732531/article-Guns-and-the-Godly
Z Net https://zcomm.org/zblogs/guns-and-the-godly/
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/07/08/people-packing-guns-7815/
Lawrence S. Wittner Blog http://www.lawrenceswittner.com/print/221
Date: July 1,2,8,2015

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Gaza in the Light of the Stars

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Winslow Myers
“There is a solution to the difficult problem of war, but it is evolutionary. That feels bizarre to us humans, uncongenially abstract. No, we cannot grow new brains and hearts. But we can evolve how we think—and feel. We can become more responsive to what reality keeps screaming at us at the top of its lungs: a global population of seven billion and rising, along with nuclear weapons, asserts a grand limit, where the destructive potential of our sheer numbers and our weapons is bigger than the delicate natural systems that support life. Meanwhile we go on applying the hammer of war to ancient grudges that war itself will never solve, instead of expanding the spaces where it feels safe to engage each other from the heart.”

Author: Winslow Myers
Published in:
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/28/gaza-in-the-light-of-the-stars/, Salida Daily Post http://www.salidadailypost.com/news/26366/ESSAY:_Gaza_by_Starlight/, Pagosa Daily Post http://www.pagosadailypost.com/news/26366/ESSAY:_Gaza_by_Starlight/, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/07/28/gaza-light-stars/, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/category/guest-columnists/winslowmyers/
Date: July 27,30, 2014

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America’s Real Religion: Shopping

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“Although fundamentalist fanatics have been working for decades to turn the United States into a “Christian nation,” they have not had much success along these lines. One reason for their failure is that religious minorities and non-believers have resisted. And another is probably that a large number of Americans want to preserve religious tolerance and avoid theocracy. But it might also reflect the fact that the United States is now firmly in the grip of a different religion: shopping.”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner
Published in: Sentinel Standard, History News Network http://hnn.us/articles/149565.html, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/03/americas-true-religion-shopping/, The Times of Trenton, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/americas-real-religion-shopping_b_2228617.html, Lawrence S Wittner http://www.lawrenceswittner.com/articles/americas-real-religion-shopping, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/50790, New Clear Vision http://www.newclearvision.com/2012/12/11/tis-the-season-2/
Date: Dec 2,3,11,2012

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