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Piety and Hypocrisy: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight 

Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight
Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis.
Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”
I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power.

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Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight / Rev. William Barber

Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign. Graham is Trump's archbishop of bigotry.

Berry Craig, LA Progressive

Friday, 10 May 2019 | National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour Swings West

The Rev. Dr. William Barber and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis brought their National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour to my neck of the Kentucky woods the other day.

Barber is from North Carolina, also the home state of the Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham. So I asked Barber what he’d say to Graham if he were on the bus.

Berry Craig is an emeritus professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 1360, the recording secretary for the Western Kentucky Area Council, AFL-CIO, webmaster-editor for the Kentucky State AFL-CIO and a member of the state AFL-CIO Executive Board.

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Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus” has nothing on the Vatican, Google is child’s play compared to the Zionists who revived Apartheid in “Israel” and Facebook is an afterthought compared to the mosque of intolerance.

Lij Teodrose Fikremariam, the Ghion Journal

April25,2019 | Pay close attention for I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power. Though I’m going to use the story of Yeshua–who was rebranded to “Jesus” by the very pulpit serpents I’m writing against today–my aim is not to preach to you nor is my purpose to convert people. My objective is simple; expose these dogs who take the teachings of Yeshua not to help people but to bury them into hopelessness.

Yeshua warned about these snakes, the very Pharisees who murdered Him. His admonitions about worshiping the wealthy and dishonoring the poor can be found throughout the New Testament. Alas, humanity is beset by this one inherit condition: we are loath to listen to the good in us and we are quick to embrace the debased—this moral failing is what led the First Couple on a self-imposed exodus out of the promise land.

Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. A prolific writer, going from a lifeofupper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

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The Politics of Miracle



The Exodus Miracle as Revolution according to Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Charlap

Shaul Magid, Tikkun   Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button on the right to make a contribution and support our work. / April10,2019 | The Jewish tradition suggests that the miracle of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt is the foundational miracle upon which all miracles rest. The question is: what exactly was the miracle? In a provocative essay, Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Charlap (1882-1951) suggests that the unique nature of the exodus miracle is not any visual change in the natural order, such as the parting of the Reed Sea, but rather the erasure of exile as a category and the possibility that the slave can become the master through a new kind of servitude. This, he posits, is the notion of revolution, not viewed as a temporary intervention into the order of nature but a structural change in creation that points to the possibility of a usurpation of societal order for the sake of freedom and justice.

R. Ya’akov Moshe Charlap was born and died in Jerusalem having lived there his entire life. A respected member of the Old Settlement Jewish community – he was rabbi of the Shaarei Hesed neighborhood in Jerusalem – he became a Zionist and one of the closest colleagues (talmid/haver) of R. Abraham Isaac Kook. Charlap served as Dean (Rosh Yeshiva) of the Yeshivat Mercaz ha-Rav Kook from its founding in 1924 until his death in 1951 after which the position went to Kook’s son, R. Zvi Yehuda Kook. Charlap wrote a number of important works including the multi-volume Mei Marom dedicated to Torah commentary, essays on the festivals, and musar. The essay discussed here and translated below is from his volume of Mei Marom on Pesah and Shavuot.

Shaul Magid, the editor of Jewish Thought and Culture at Tikkun Magazine, is the Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, Kogod Senior Research Fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue. He is presently working on a cultural biography of Meir Kahane.

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The Terribly Tiny God of MAGA Christians

I hope and pray that (professed Christians who support this President) soon find a God who is big enough so that they stop living so small.

John Pavlovitz,

April 11, 2019 | I feel sorry for professed Christians who support this President.

They have a profound and fundamental spiritual problem: their God is too small.

They passionately worship a deity made in their own image: white, American, Republican, male—and perpetually terrified of just about everything: Muslims, immigrants, gay children, Special Counsel reports, mandalas, Harry Potter, Starbucks holiday cups, yoga, wind turbines, Science—everything. Their God is so laughably minuscule, so fully neutered of power, so completely devoid of functioning vertebrae that “He” cannot protect them from the encroaching monsters they are certain lurk around every corner to overwhelm them. / John Pavlovitz is an American Christian pastor and author, known for his social and political writings from a liberal Christian perspective.

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Misogyny Is the Catholic Church’s Original Sin


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Allowing female leadership could be the only way to save the ailing church.

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Feb 12, 2019 | When I was little, I wanted to be a priest. Our family was Catholic, and I was the most fervent. We celebrated every feast day. I crowned Mary with flowers in May and blessed my cat with holy water to honor St. Francis of Assisi. I once nearly scalded myself to death by adding boiling water to the bathtub because I’d heard saints mortified their flesh. Then, one Sunday when my brother and I were too sick to leave the house, I blessed some bread and fed it to him so he could receive Holy Communion.

My CCD teacher screamed at me. I could never do that, never, because it was for priests to do, and girls could not be priests. God chose the clergy to serve Him, and all those clergy— from the pope down to Father Joe, who quoted Monty Python and kept a pack of Marlboros in his cassock — were men, because God was a man. I could be a nun. I could serve priests. But to serve God directly — it was sinful for a girl to even want it, let alone attempt it.*VYfkBHVMEnq0Xprf34tPxw.jpeg / Sady Doyle: Author of “Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why” (Melville House, 2016). Seen at Elle, In These Times, and all across the Internet.

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