The Fever and the Fear: Conservative American Christians and Judgment at Nuremberg

September 30, 2014


Thank you for voicing the concerns of many of us.

Originally posted on Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Passionately Progressive Moderate:


Yesterday I wrote about the lack of empathy among conservative American Christians and I drew some comparisons to the German Christians of the 1920s and 1930s who despite their reservations supported ultra-right wing parties and later the Nazi Party. As I mentioned yesterday this was brought about by the fear and hate propagated by those who had lost their favored status after the collapse of the Kaiser Reich, and especially the fear of what many Christians believed was the threat of atheistic Socialists and Communists. Their brief experiment with democracy which was devastated by political battles amid the 1919-1920 Weimar Inflation which destroyed the financial security of most Germans as well as the Stock Market Crash of 1929 which brought about the Great Depression made many receptive to the “Nazi Gospel.”

I think that conservative American Christians are going the same direction as they get swept up in the…

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Prepare for a Long and Brutal Ideological War Against the Islamic State

September 14, 2014


Padre Steve sum it up well!

Originally posted on Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Passionately Progressive Moderate:

“This war differs from other wars, in this particular: We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.” William Tecumseh Sherman

Note: Please know, I have been to war, I have seen its devastation and heartache and I came back changed from the experience. I hate it. That being said, despite being a progressive who hates war, I am also a realist. I am not one that finds any romance or glory in war, but I know that sometimes it becomes unavoidable. In the past few articles I have written about the nature of war, the kind of war we are now engaged in with ISIL and some of the ethical and moral compromises that could easily be made in such a war.

President Obama came into office as a President determined to end the…

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Why Do You Respect Obama, Adrienne?

September 6, 2014

Originally posted on life of a female bible warrior:

The above expresses my frustration and my feelings perfectly. These days, I feel that I can recognize real Christians by how they treat the president of the United States. God has given us explicit instructions about our leaders in government and what is expected out of our behavior, public and private, where they are concerned. Many Christians do not give a hoot what God has said in that bible they allegedly read.

I’m certainly not perfect either in my daily life, but I am continually seeking others wiser than myself in the ways of the Lord to learn from and model myself after as I grow spiritually. People who mistreat our president are not people I want to emulate or learn from.

There are Christians who do not understand why I defend and stand up for President Barack Obama. I could write lengthy posts about various reasons, but the most…

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I Want My Christianity Back – Without the Ugly Baggage

July 31, 2014


A well said article that speaks for many who have left the haters at the side of the road.,

Originally posted on TIME:


This article originally appeared on Patheos

I don’t like telling people I’m a Christian.

It’s not that I’m ashamed of being a Christian; I’m not – at all. It is just that the word “Christian” comes with so much ugly baggage.

Telling someone I’m a Christian means I must immediately follow it up with, “but not that kind of Christian.” It’s like saying, “Yeah, sure, these are some mind bogglingly ugly suitcases, but I’ve got the coolest stuff on the inside of them. No, really, I do.”

It’s just not worth the effort; and, frankly, I’m tired of lugging these ugly, heavy things around.

Truthfully, I don’t blame people who assume that if you’re Christian you’re anti-LGBT, anti-abortion, anti-real equality, anti-other religions and pretty much anti-anything else that one small but loud subset of Christians find offensive or threatening.

It completely makes sense. It’s why I don’t want to use…

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Parallels between Tea Party Ideology and the Ante-Bellum South

July 18, 2014


Sometimes they say the truth hurts, and other times it just needs to be said.

Originally posted on Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Passionately Progressive Moderate:


I read a lot of political commentary and as a historian as well as a theologian I try to carefully examine mass movements such as the modern Tea Party Movement from a historical, theological and moral point of view. To do this as dispassionately as I can I look to history and attempt to find parallels to other movements and ideologies in the country concerned. For example if I am examining a movement in France, I look to French history for precedent, the same for any other country or region.

In regard to the Tea Party movement I have watched it since its inception in the fall of 2008 not long after I returned from Iraq. At the time I saw it as a protest against the massive failure of the American economy during the housing and stock market collapse involving the big banks and investment firms on Wall…

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Gohmert (R-TX) who elected this guy?

July 15, 2014

During a speech on the House floor Friday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) compared the surge of unaccompanied migrant children to soldiers invading France during World War II. Criticizing President Obama’s request for Congress to provide $3.7 billion in emergency funds to process the deportation proceedings of more than 52,000 children, mostly fleeing violence in Central America, Gohmert asked Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) to “use whatever means” like troops, ships of war, or taxes to “stop the invasion.”

“Even with $3.7 billion that’s requested, there’s no way for what’s being called for is going to stop the invasion that’s occurring,” Gohmert said. “That’s why I’m hoping that my governor will utilize Article 1, Section 10, that allows a state that is being invaded — in our case more than twice as many just in recent months, more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day with a doubling of that coming en route, on their way here now under Article 1, Section 10, the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it’s troops, even using ships of war, even exacting a tax on interstate commerce that wouldn’t normally be allowed to have or utilize, they’d be entitled in order to pay to stop the invasion.”

Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution provides that “[n]o state shall, without the consent of Congress, . . . engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.” The fact that this provision contemplates a state making “war,” however, strongly suggests that the framers were thinking about military invasions when they drafted it — not that they were concerned about an “invasion” of children.

Gohmert also suggested that the state of Texas should send National Guard to the border to secure the border, citing the time that President Woodrow Wilson sent General Pershing into Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa who had killed Americans. “I’m not advocating an invasion into Mexico,” he added. “I’m advocating strongly we stop the invasion into the United States.”

Most of the unaccompanied children who have been apprehended are under the age of ten. Evidence shows that violence, rather than any kind of immigration benefit is driving kids out of Latin America. These kids often come into the country with little more than the phone number of a distant relative in the United States.

Gohmert’s comments are consistent with other statements that he has recently made about these kids. He most recently claimed that the President wanted the emergency funds to bankrupt the country and “turn America blue.” He has also stated, “we don’t know what diseases they’re bringing in.”
And you wonder why we can’t get things done.

Not ONE more

May 28, 2014

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Sen. Klobuchar’s bill is called the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, and it works in two key ways:

  1. It would add stalkers to the group of people prohibited from buying guns, which already includes the severely mentally ill and violent criminals.
  2. It would prohibit all domestic abusers from buying guns, including dating partners — not just spouses.


As we saw this weekend, and far too many times before, women are too often the target of gun violence. Driven by misogyny and enabled by lax or non-existent gun laws, gunmen like the shooter near Santa Barbara channel their rage into shooting women.

We can do more to put an end to horrific crimes like this. We can do more to save women’s lives. We can declare #NotOneMore.

Please send an urgent message to your senators now:


Why we vote the way we do

May 18, 2014

Why we vote the way we do

Frightened by Christians

May 16, 2014


Padresteve Has it right. We should question not only our faith (Go ahead God doesn’t mind a bit) But all those who quote a verse of scripture with no thought of what it means or what is behind it.

Originally posted on Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Passionately Progressive Moderate:


“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi

I expect that this article might make some people uncomfortable but it is something that I need to write.

I am a Christian. I am a Priest and I am a Navy Chaplain. But for the most part I am afraid of Christians. There are many reasons for this. Some are more general in the way I see Christians treat others; their own wounded as well as non-believers, the political machinations of pastors and “Christian” special interest groups masquerading as ministries.

But most of why I am afraid is because what I have experienced at the hand of many Christians, some of whom I had counted as friends many of whom are pastors, priests or chaplains. To experience rejection or being shamed by people that you thought were friends that you…

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Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi

May 10, 2014


This will be my last post on the subject of The blood sport of American Politics for a while which will give you a good six months to recover and go on to something else for a while. I will say this at the outset I hope (and want to believe ) that most of my readers are good Americans who want the best for their families, their neighbors and most of all for our country.

We also know that for the past 5 years our government in Washington D.C. has been dysfunctional. I fully expect that the political out of power to do everything to make the party in power look bad. That’s just the “game” is played. However when you go to vote (as I hope you do this next time) Remember these few things and who you may want to represent your government.

We had a government shut down (by the way I sent Senator Ted Cruse a bill for 24 Billion dollars or your behalf!)

While the house of representives control the purse strings . In this past sessions. They have refused to pass any “jobs, jobs, jobs” bill to help their own people!

Anything to do with helping the county to get out of this recession has not been on their radar. Here in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence (we have a long history-he refused to help any of his constituents with their pressing needs while in congress and now does the same thing as Governor. (If the winds blow in the right direction he will try to run for President ) And why did he get elected? People don’t pay attention and don’t get involved. In reality, Hoosiers should look at the brand of Republican leadership Governor Pence and supermajorities in the legislature have brought to our Statehouse.

Mike Pence’s economic policies are hurting local communities and Hoosier families, while he’s spent most of those 15 months in office championing a divisive social agenda that only tells certain citizens they’re not welcome in the Hoosier State.

Indiana’s household income is lower than it was 10 years ago, women make 73 cents on the dollar for what every man makes in our state and the tax burden for Hoosiers is rising. That’s an economy that isn’t working in Indiana.

In most states in which there is a Republican Governor and a controlling Republican party in power. Voter rights have been restricted to the point that only the very “right people” will get a say in who will get elected!

In our Supreme court we have had by a slim majority rule that “Money talks” and that few who get decide which is called Oligarchy! You don’t get a say! Today’s multinational corporations function as corporate oligarchies with influence over democratically elected officials. So if you are out of work or working at a minimum wage job like Wal mart of other service oriented jobs. You can see that it’s their bottom line that their interested in.

And Congress won’t take up the needs of the many “minimum wage” While in the twenty fourth century In The Wrath of Khan (1982), Spock says, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” So when these politicians come around or you see copious televisions for this candidate My advice is “follow the money“! See who want to buy your next politician.

So while congress dithered (read for the most part The house of Representatives) voted more than 50 times to repeal your right to have affordable health care for you and your family (BTW theirs is provided by you as a taxpayer-so why shouldn’t you have health care also?). They refused to grant women equal pay for equal work. They allowed the government to shut down while they continued to receive their $174,000 .

This time around you will hear Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi which is a conspiracy in search of a conspiracy. It will be all laid as usual at the foot of the president and his team. But here’s a spoiler alert. What you won’t be told ( so you can say I told you here first). Why Benghazi was allow to happen was the House of Representatives refused to fund the necessary materials and manpower to provide for the safety of those killed! What kind of people would do that? The same kind who have treated our President with a lack of respect and regard. Don’t think racism is dead. It’s alive and kicking in Washington D.C.




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