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Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism

  • The U.S media has been pitifully remiss in sounding the clarion call alarm regarding this festering, open wound on the American body politic, allowing this sick sectarian infection of fundamentalist Christian fascism to appear “mainstream” and metastasize.
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.
  • The Evangelical Persecution Complex

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet

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July 23, 2014 | Background: On July 21, 2014, I received a phone call from a female U.S. military fighter pilot. She happens to be gay. She is not "out", despite the fact that the odious "don't ask don't tell" policy no longer burdens the American armed forces and has been justly abolished. She knows well that homophobia is still rampant in the ranks, which is why the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) currently has 863 LGBTQ clients among our current number of over 38,000 U.S. military members and veterans, 96% of whom are practicing Christians themselves. She related that she had just experienced a loud conversation in her squadron area where a number of her fellow pilots were robustly cheering on Tony Dungy's comments about how he would never have drafted Michael Sam for a team for which he was head coach and why. Michael Sam is the NFL's first openly gay player. She told me that her fellow pilots were effusively praising Dungy's "honesty" etc. She was terribly distraught. She asked me what I thought about it. This Op-Ed is my response to her.

A maelstrom of extremism is battering the United States of America, weakening and eroding the fundamental values of tolerance and inclusion embodied by our beautiful Constitution. The name of this extremist threat? Fundamentalist Christianity or "Dominionism." This disturbing storm trend has entailed the infiltration of all fields of social life in U.S. schools, military bases, and a plethora of other key fora. Indeed, the three branches of civilian government have become bloody battlegrounds for the advancement of a hateful and bigoted agenda of American Christian extremist exceptionalism and supremacy. Big-box retailers, chicken sandwich purveyors, school boards and school districts, police departments, fire departments, sewage workers, legislatures, celebrities, and sports figures have served no small role as pawns, masterminds, and auxiliaries in this seditious modern-day brutal Crusade. A case in point is former Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach, NBC commentator, and unabashed homophobe, Tony Dungy.

Mikey Weinstein is founder and president of the six-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated  Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), an honor graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a former J.A.G. in the U.S. Air Force. 

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Related:

The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums, Katie McDonough, Salon

  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking.
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left.

The Evangelical Persecution Complex, Alan Noble, The Atlantic

  • The theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community
  • Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism

 

American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

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  • Almost every single elected official in Washington has come out in full support of Israel over the past three weeks as the Israeli military pressed a bloody offensive across Gaza that has killed well over 1,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
  • Part 1: 10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel
  • Part 2: Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: 10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel

Democrats and Republicans alike have fallen over themselves to support Israel’s attack. 

Alex Kane, AlterNet

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August 1, 2014  |  As Israeli bombs have rained down on the Gaza Strip, the streets of major American cities have witnessed thousands of people coming out to protest the attack. But one place where there is virtually no dissent is the halls of power in the nation’s capitol.

Almost every single elected official in Washington has come out in full support of Israel over the past three weeks as the Israeli military pressed a bloody offensive across Gaza that has killed well over 1,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss

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Despite grassroots outrage at Operation Protective Edge, left-wing members of the House and Senate won’t criticize Israel’s ongoing incursion into Gaza.

07.30.14 | Much of the American left is critical of Israel, particularly since its incursion into Gaza. But in the halls of Congress, even progressive Democrats beloved by grassroots activists are loath to criticize the Jewish State’s ongoing military offensive.

A Pew Research Center poll released Monday showed that a plurality of Democrats across the country, 35 percent, and liberals, 44 percent, said that Israel had “gone too far” in its response to its conflict with Hamas. Meanwhile 47 percent of Democrats told Gallup that Israel’s actions during the current conflict were “unjustified,” compared to just 31 percent who thought the opposite.

Tim Mak: senior congressional correspondent for the Daily Beast 

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Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign PolicyCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 

 

Record-low US primary voting shows mass alienation from two-party system

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  • Millions of working people are fed up with the Democratic Party and are looking for an alternative to oppose the reactionary policies of the financial oligarchy promoted by both the Democrats and Republicans.
  • ‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’

Patrick Martin, World Socialist Website

29 July 2014 | A report issued last week tabulating the results of the first 25 statewide primary elections held in the United States this year found that voter turnout was the lowest in history, at least since the primary system became the norm after the Second World War.

Only 14.8 percent of eligible citizens have voted in the primaries held so far, a decline of 3.5 percentage points from the turnout in the same 25 states in 2010. This is less than half the postwar record turnout of 31.9 percent set in 1966.

Patrick Martin writes for the World Socialist Website, a forum for socialist ideas & analysis & published by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

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‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’ Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig

  • Obama’s pulled off his greatest betrayals of the public without the help of Republicans. “It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners,” Curry writes. “It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.”
  • Why I Have Left the DFL Party

 

Special Report | Massacre in the Gaza Ghetto: Week Ending August 3, 2014

The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.

  • 8 New Items including:
    • Senate passes Iron Dome funding
    • Whither Israel?
    • How Israel Lobby Took Control Of US Foreign Policy
    • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy
    • Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis
    • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’
    • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto
    • The Bombing of Gaza

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Senate passes Iron Dome funding, Ramsey Cox, The Hill

  • “This is a good example of us putting aside partisan considerations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after passage.
  • It's amazing how they can set aside their 'differences' and pull together to support the extermination of Palestinians. 
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

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Whither Israel? Fred Reed, Fred on Everything

  • The Road to Ruad
  • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ 

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How Israel Lobby Took Control Of US Foreign Policy, Jeff Gates, Information Clearing House

  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Whither Israel? 

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Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 

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Adam Zyglis

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Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis, Nafeez Ahmed, Guardian (UK) 

Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves (1.4 trillion cubic feet valued at $4 Trillion).

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The belief that a race or class is contaminated is used by ruling elites to justify quarantining the people of that group. But quarantine is only the first step. 

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Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto, Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque  

  • The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.
  • The Bombing of Gaza

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The Bombing of Gaza, LUV, Liberty Underground

"I want to ask the White House, Who do they think is actually targeting civilians when it is Palestinian children being killed?" —Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

 

 

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Murder incorporated for the 21st century. And to think, Obama has won the Noble peace prize.....

 

The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America

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Uncertainty is born of everything we don't know, and the people who don't want us to know what they're doing in our name are its midwives. They know what they're doing. They are cultivating it quite deliberately, and for their own purposes. Very little of what they do is accidental. An uncertain people is a people easily led. That's the way it works now. That's the way it has always worked.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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July 29, 2014 | Now, it's the folks at Human Rights Watch who are pointing out that, while Edward Snowden, International Man Of Luggage, is not very good on television, and while Glenn Greenwald's probably a major doodyhead whom nobody will play with at recess, what the surveillance state in this country is doing -- and especially, what it's doing to national-security journalists -- continues to be a genuine threat to democracy, which is something we all used to value even more than whether or not someone is good on television. What's happening to the journalists is bad. What's happening to the lawyers is worse.

Lawyers we interviewed for this report expressed the greatest concern about situations where they have reason to think the US government might take an intelligence interest in a case, whether it relates to the activities of foreign governments or a drug or terrorism prosecution. As with the journalists, lawyers increasingly feel under pressure to adopt strategies to avoid leaving a digital trail that could be monitored; some use burner phones, others seek out technologies they feel may be more secure, and others reported traveling more for in-person meetings. Some described other lawyers expressing reluctance to take on certain cases that might incur surveillance, though by and large the attorneys interviewed for this report seemed determined to do their best to continue representing clients. Like journalists, some felt frustrated, and even offended, that they were in this situation. "I'll be damned if I have to start acting like a drug dealer in order to protect my client's confidentiality," said one. The result is the erosion of the right to counsel, a pillar of procedural justice under human rights law and the US Constitution. Uncertainty is a significant factor shaping the behavior of both journalists and lawyers. The combination of the sheer number of surveillance programs, the complexity of the underlying legal regimes, and the lack of clarity as to their scale and scope renders it practically impossible for any layperson to discern which forms of communication and data storage are secure and when they may be reasonably subject to surveillance.

Charles P. Pierce has been a working journalist since 1976. He is the author of four books, most recently Idiot America. He lives near Boston with his wife but no longer his three children.

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‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’

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  • Obama’s pulled off his greatest betrayals of the public without the help of Republicans. “It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners,” Curry writes. “It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.”
  • Why I Have Left the DFL Party

Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig

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Jul 28, 2014 | In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

Curry endorses Nader’s view that the present is ripe for a populist revival. Looking back to the Gilded Age, when “[p]owerful trusts were turning farmers into wage slaves and the world’s greatest democracy into just another corrupt oligarchy,” he notes that agrarian populists “busted price fixing railroads and granaries, fought for rural free deliver and established cooperative banks that still provide a third of all credit to rural America.” Coming to the present, he writes:

Alexander Reed Kelly, Associate Editor, Truthdig, is responsible for bringing work by Greg Palast, Henry Giroux, Ellen Brown, Tom Engelhardt, and economists Michael Hudson and Andrew Kliman to the site. His work has been published at Truthdig, Counterpunch and elsewhere.

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Why I Have Left the DFL Party, David Culver, Telling It Like It Is

  • The next years are going to be about mediocrity, broken promises, and striving for second best. That's not the MN I grew up in. And it's not what I voted for, or was promised.
  • Do we continue as part of a political institution that we feel in large part is not serving us or the common good, or do we strike out towards something that we can participate in with integrity?
  • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party

 

WTF Is Wrong With Americans?

This Guy Nails It.

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