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Freedom & Democracy => Who CAN you trust? => Topic started by: AGelbert on January 25, 2016, 10:40:40 pm

Title: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on January 25, 2016, 10:40:40 pm
The Suicide of the Liberal Church

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

By Chris Hedges (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

The chapel of The General Theological Seminary in New York City. The seminary, founded in 1817, sold much of its property to developers in recent years. (Julie Jacobson / AP) (graphic at article link)

Paul Tillich wrote that all institutions, including the church, are inherently demonic. Reinhold Niebuhr asserted that no institution could ever achieve the morality of the individual. Institutions, he warned, to extend their lives when confronted with collapse, will swiftly betray the stances that ostensibly define them. Only individual men and women have the strength to hold fast to virtue when faced with the threat of death.

And decaying institutions, including the church, when consumed by fear, swiftly push those endowed with this moral courage and radicalism from their ranks, rendering themselves obsolete.


The wisdom of Tillich and Niebuhr has been borne out in the precipitous decline of the liberal church and the seminaries and divinity schools that train religious scholars and clergy. Faced with shrinking or nonexistent endowments, mounting debts, dwindling memberships, a lack of employment for their graduates and growing irrelevancy in a society that has little use for tepid church piety and the smug arrogance that comes with it, these institutions have fallen into physical and moral decay.

The number of adults in the mainline Protestant churches—Presbyterian, Unitarian-Universalist, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, Congregationalist—decreased from about 41 million in 2007 to 36 million in 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. And the average age of the congregant is 52. The Catholic Church also is being decimated; its decline has been exacerbated by its decades-long protection of sexual predators within the priesthood and the Vatican’s relentless campaign, especially under John Paul II, to force out of the church priests, nuns and lay leaders who focused their ministries on the poor and the oppressed. The Catholic Church, which has lost 3 million members over the last decade, has seen its hold on the U.S. population fall to 21 percent from 24.
 
Mainline seminaries and divinity schools have been merging or closing, and enrollment at such schools has declined by 24 percent in the last decade. Andover-Newton, founded in 1807, recently shut down. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa., and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia plan to merge. Union Theological Seminary, where black liberation, feminist, womanist and queer theologies have their roots, appears to be on the verge of selling “air space” to a developer to construct a luxury 35-to-40-story condominium building on its campus. General Theological Seminary in New York City, a school founded in 1817, has sold much of its property to developers, and it ended tenure for its faculty after the professors went out on strike to demand the removal of Dean and President Kurt Dunkle. Dunkle, who epitomizes the infusion of corporatism into the church, worked for many years as a lawyer doing commercial litigation before being ordained.

“What doomed General Seminary was not just financial mismanagement, but unethical leadership,”
Rob Stephens, a third-year student for the ministry at Union and part of a student movement fighting Union’s building project, said when I spoke with him by phone. “That is what made the faculty walk out. The Union administration, board of trustees and all of us need to learn this lesson and put a halt to the project.

The Union administration has said that Union, by building this luxury condominium, was being as bold as the original founders. This is one thing I can agree on. The original founders envisioned a place for privileged, white men. The original founders called abolitionism ‘fanaticism.’ The founders’ values won’t get us through this storm. Union is bigger than the administration and board. Union should be for all God’s people. If built, this luxury condominium would be a middle finger to Harlem. It would be a middle finger to faith-based social movements.

“This seminary has turned Black Lives Matter into a commodity,” he went on. “They sell this campus as being allied with Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements. But if we are readers of the Bible, we know that saying one thing and doing another leads to internal combustion. Inconsistency of values and actions can only lead to failure. As a seminary community, how can we have more faith in an unstable housing market than in the Gospel? You can’t reconcile luxury condominiums built by an anti-union contractor and no affordable housing with the Gospel of Jesus. This is another example of mainline Christianity casting their lot with capitalism instead of community. When will we learn?”

The self-identified religious institutions that thrive preach the perverted  “prosperity gospel,” the message that magic Jesus will make you rich, respected and powerful if you believe in him. Jesus, they claim, is an American capitalist, bigot and ardent imperialist.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif)  >:( These sects selectively lift passages from the Bible to justify the unjustifiable, including homophobia, war, racism against Muslims, and the death penalty. Yet there are more students—2,067—at the evangelical Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary alone than at the divinity schools and seminaries of Yale, Harvard, Union, Vanderbilt and Chicago, whose combined enrollment is 1,537.

The doctrine these sects preach is Christian heresy. The Christian faith—as in the 1930s under Germany’s pro-Nazi Christian churchis being distorted to sanctify nationalism, unregulated capitalism and militarism.
The mainstream church, which refuses to denounce these heretics as heretics, a decision made in the name of tolerance, tacitly gives these sects credibility and squanders the prophetic voice of the church.

Kevin Kruse in his book “One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America” details how industrialists in the 1930s and 1940s poured money and resources into an effort to silence the social witness of the mainstream church, which was home to many radicals, socialists and proponents of the New Deal. These corporatists promoted and funded a brand of Christianity—which is today dominant—that conflates faith with free enterprise and American exceptionalism. The rich are rich, this creed goes, not because they are greedy or privileged, not because they use their power to their own advantage, not because they oppress the poor and the vulnerable, but because they are blessed.  (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)   (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil12.gif)

And if we have enough faith, this heretical form of Christianity claims, God will bless the rest of us too.(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) It is an inversion of the central message of the Gospel.   (http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000370273/polls_Smiley_Angry_256x256_3451_356175_answer_4_xlarge.png)

You don’t need to spend three years at Harvard Divinity School as I did to figure that out.

Page two (of three pages) of this excellent article: (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/the_suicide_of_the_liberal_church_20160124

Agelbert NOTE:
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"The mainline churches, by which we mean white denominations, are responsible for many of our greatest social ills, ..."

AGREED.

And they, like the "greed is good" bastards that corrupted this country, began their descent into irrelevancy and chaos when they forgot that respect for all life, not just human life, is a sine qua non REQUIREMENT for the perpetuation of a tool making, self aware species.

Although It certainly was part of the Christian Gospel before the corporate fascists corrupted it, you don't need to read it in the Holy Scripture to know it is true.

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on January 31, 2016, 07:05:34 pm
Wise Advice from Webster Tarpley  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


https://youtu.be/xljtUWPEXMI

Tax Wall Street Party Calls on Iowa and New Hampshire to Stop Fascist Trump at All Costs; Democrats Should Hold Their Noses and Vote for Bernie Sanders to Keep Primaries and Convention Open (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on November 24, 2016, 01:14:22 pm
Agelbert REMINDER to those who will be "offended" (because they are supporters of the President Elect) by the hard truths stated in the article below:
 
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TOPICS: Democracy & Government

TAGS: 2016 election, donald trump, hillary clinton, media criticism
Democracy & Government


Farewell, America (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2955.gif) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2953.gif)
 

No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.

By Neal Gabler | November 10, 2016

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The sun sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.

Whatever place we now live in is not the same place it was on Nov. 7. No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently. We are likely to be a pariah country. And we are lost for it. As I surveyed the ruin of that country this gray Wednesday morning, I found weary consolation in W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939, which concludes:


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BY Neal Gabler | November 8, 2016

“Defenseless under the night
 Our world in stupor lies;
 Yet, dotted everywhere,
 Ironic points of light
 Flash out wherever the Just
 Exchange their messages:
 May I, composed like them
 Of Eros and of dust,
 Beleaguered by the same
 Negation and despair,
 Show an affirming flame.”

I hunt for that affirming flame.

This generally has been called the “hate election” because everyone professed to hate both candidates. It turned out to be the hate election because, and let’s not mince words, of the hatefulness of the electorate. In the years to come, we will brace for the violence, the anger, the racism, the misogyny, the xenophobia, the nativism, the white sense of grievance that will undoubtedly be unleashed now that we have destroyed the values that have bound us.

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We all knew these hatreds lurked under the thinnest veneer of civility. That civility finally is gone.

We all knew these hatreds lurked under the thinnest veneer of civility. That civility finally is gone. In its absence, we may realize just how imperative that politesse was. It is the way we managed to coexist.

If there is a single sentence that characterizes the election, it is this: “He says the things I’m thinking.” That may be what is so terrifying. Who knew that so many tens of millions of white Americans were thinking unconscionable things about their fellow Americans? Who knew that tens of millions of white men felt so emasculated by women and challenged by minorities? Who knew that after years of seeming progress on race and gender, tens of millions of white Americans lived in seething resentment, waiting for a demagogue to arrive who would legitimize their worst selves and channel them into political power? Perhaps we had been living in a fool’s paradise. Now we aren’t.

This country has survived a civil war, two world wars, and a great depression. There are many who say we will survive this, too. Maybe we will, but we won’t survive unscathed. We know too much about each other to heal. No more can we pretend that we are exceptional or good or progressive or united. We are none of those things. Nor can we pretend that democracy works and that elections have more or less happy endings. Democracy only functions when its participants abide by certain conventions, certain codes of conduct and a respect for the process.

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No more can we pretend that we are exceptional or good or progressive or united. We are none of those things.

The virus that kills democracy is extremism because extremism disables those codes. Republicans have disrespected the process for decades. They have regarded any Democratic president as illegitimate. They have proudly boasted of preventing popularly elected Democrats from effecting policy and have asserted that only Republicans have the right to determine the nation’s course. They have worked tirelessly to make sure that the government cannot govern and to redefine the purpose of government as prevention rather than effectuation. In short, they haven’t believed in democracy for a long time, and the media never called them out on it.

Democracy can’t cope with extremism. Only violence and time can defeat it. The first is unacceptable, the second takes too long. Though Trump is an extremist, I have a feeling that he will be a very popular president and one likely to be re-elected by a substantial margin, no matter what he does or fails to do. That’s because ever since the days of Ronald Reagan, rhetoric has obviated action, speechifying has superseded governing.

Trump (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)  was absolutely correct when he bragged that he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and his supporters wouldn’t care. It was a dictator’s ugly vaunt (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2z6in9g.gif), but one that recognized this election never was about policy or economics or the “right path/wrong path,” or even values. It was about venting. So long as Trump vented their grievances, his all-white supporters didn’t care about anything else. He is smart enough to know that won’t change in the presidency. In fact, it is only likely to intensify. White America, Trump’s America, just wants to hear its anger bellowed. This is one time when the Bully Pulpit will be literal.

The media can’t be let off the hook for enabling an authoritarian to get to the White House. Long before he considered a presidential run, he was a media creation — a regular in the gossip pages, a photo on magazine covers, the bankrupt (morally and otherwise) mogul who hired and fired on The Apprentice. When he ran, the media treated him not as a candidate, but as a celebrity, and so treated him differently from ordinary pols. The media gave him free publicity, trumpeted his shenanigans, blasted out his tweets, allowed him to phone in his interviews, fell into his traps and generally kowtowed until they suddenly discovered that this joke could actually become president.

Just as Trump has shredded our values, our nation and our democracy, he has shredded the media. In this, as in his politics, he is only the latest avatar of a process that began long before his candidacy. Just as the sainted Ronald Reagan created an unbridgeable chasm between rich and poor that the Republicans would later exploit against Democrats, conservatives delegitimized mainstream journalism so that they could fill the vacuum.

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With Trump’s election, I think that the ideal of an objective, truthful journalism is dead, never to be revived.

Retiring conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes complained that after years of bashing from the right wing, the mainstream media no longer could perform their function as reporters, observers, fact dispensers, and even truth tellers, and he said we needed them. Like Goebbels before them, conservatives understood that they had to create their own facts, their own truths, their own reality. They have done so, and in so doing effectively destroyed the very idea of objectivity. Trump can lie constantly only because white America has accepted an Orwellian sense of truth — the truth pulled inside out.

With Trump’s election, I think that the ideal of an objective, truthful journalism is dead, never to be revived. Like Nixon and Sarah Palin before him, Trump ran against the media, boomeranging off the public’s contempt for the press. He ran against what he regarded as media elitism and bias, and he ran on the idea that the press disdained working-class white America. Among the many now-widening divides in the country, this is a big one, the divide between the media and working-class whites, because it creates a Wild West of information – a media ecology in which nothing can be believed except what you already believe.

With the mainstream media so delegitimized — a delegitimization for which they bear a good deal of blame, not having had the courage to take on lies and expose false equivalencies — they have very little role to play going forward in our politics. I suspect most of them will surrender to Trumpism — if they were able to normalize Trump as a candidate, they will no doubt normalize him as president.

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Cable news may even welcome him as a continuous entertainment and ratings booster. And in any case, like Reagan, he is bulletproof. The media cannot touch him, even if they wanted to. Presumably, there will be some courageous guerillas in the mainstream press, a kind of Resistance, who will try to fact-check him. But there will be few of them, and they will be whistling in the wind. Trump, like all dictators, is his own truth.

What’s more, Trump already has promised to take his war on the press into courtrooms and the halls of Congress. He wants to loosen libel protections, and he has threatened Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos of Amazon with an antitrust suit. Individual journalists have reason to fear him as well. He has already singled out NBC’s Katy Tur, perhaps the best of the television reporters, so that she needed the Secret Service to escort her from one of his rallies. Jewish journalists who have criticized Trump have been subjected to vicious anti-Semitism and intimidation from the alt-right. For the press, this is likely to be the new normal in an America in which white supremacists, neo-Nazi militias, racists, sexists, homophobes and anti-Semites have been legitimized by a new president who “says what I’m thinking.” It will be open season.

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This converts the media from reporters to targets, and they have little recourse. Still, if anyone points the way forward, it may be New York Times columnist David Brooks. Brooks is no paragon. He always had seemed to willfully neglect modern Republicanism’s incipient fascism (now no longer incipient), and he was an apologist for conservative self-enrichment and bigotry. But this campaign season, Brooks pretty much dispensed with politics. He seemed to have arrived at the conclusion that no good could possibly come of any of this and retreated into spirituality. What Brooks promoted were values of mutual respect, a bolder sense of civic engagement, an emphasis on community and neighborhood, and overall a belief in trickle-up decency rather than trickle-down economics. He is not hopeful, but he hasn’t lost all hope.

For those of us now languishing in despair, this may be a prescription for rejuvenation. We have lost the country, but by refocusing, we may have gained our own little patch of the world and, more granularly, our own family. For journalists, Brooks may show how political reporting, which, as I said, is likely to be irrelevant in the Trump age, might yield to a broader moral context in which one considers the effect that policy, strategy and governance have not only on our physical and economic well-being but also on our spiritual well-being. In a society that is likely to be fractious and odious, we need a national conversation on values. The media could help start it.

But the disempowered media may have one more role to fill: They must bear witness. Many years from now, future generations will need to know what happened to us and how it happened. They will need to know how disgruntled white Americans, full of self-righteous indignation, found a way to take back a country they felt they were entitled to and which they believed had been lost. They will need to know about the ugliness and evil that destroyed us as a nation after great men like Lincoln and Roosevelt guided us through  previous crises and kept our values intact. They will need to know, and they will need a vigorous, engaged, moral media to tell them. They will also need us.

We are not living for ourselves anymore in this country. Now we are living for history.

Neal Gabler is an author of five books and the recipient of two LA Times Book Prizes, Time magazine's non-fiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year and other awards. He is also a senior fellow at The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, and is currently writing a biography of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

http://billmoyers.com/story/farewell-america/

Agelbert NOTE: Great article, but, unlike the author, many millions of Americans, like myself, KNEW about this suicidal trajectory, of which the ubiquitous racism is but one symptom of America's moral decay.

Neal Gabler is a good man of principle. He is clear on what is right and what is wrong. However, as the reality of the WAY things REALLY are in the USA struck him like a kick in the groin, Neal Gabler's surprise is evidence that he was a victim of white privileged liberal wishful thinking. None of the following was a surprise to me and millions of other Americans of mixed ancestry that know the score.

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If there is a single sentence that characterizes the election, it is this: “He says the things I’m thinking.” That may be what is so terrifying. Who knew that so many tens of millions of white Americans were thinking unconscionable things about their fellow Americans? Who knew that tens of millions of white men felt so emasculated by women and challenged by minorities? Who knew that after years of seeming progress on race and gender, tens of millions of white Americans lived in seething resentment, waiting for a demagogue to arrive who would legitimize their worst selves and channel them into political power? Perhaps we had been living in a fool’s paradise. Now we aren’t.

I have been warning about it to deaf ears for over a decade.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1593.gif) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/snapoutofit.gif)  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


Also, unlike Neal Gabler, I dated the final nail in the coffin of American Democracy much earlier than this election. (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)

I dated it to when THIS GUY had the nomination for VP stolen from him so the Truman party hack could do the bidding of the M.I.C. when Roosevelt died.
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But, you know what? The abysmally stupid and morally corruptive embrace of greed, xenophobia and racism is the LEAST of our worries as a people in this perfect storm of Wall Street 'dial a reality' that so many fools and knaves wish to celebrate.

Below please find, America TODAY:
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Like Goebbels before them, conservatives understood that they had to create their own facts, their own truths, their own reality. They have done so, and in so doing effectively destroyed the very idea of objectivity. Trump can lie constantly only because white America has accepted an Orwellian sense of truth — the truth pulled inside out.


BUT, THIS is America in the NEAR FUTURE:

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on December 02, 2016, 01:52:52 pm
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They (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)  cherry-picked anecdotes and caricatured the subjects of their criticism.

They complained that other people were creating and enforcing speech codes, while at the same time attempting to enforce their own speech codes.

Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy

For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)– and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph   >:(

by Moira Weigel

SNIPPET 1:
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In truth, these crusaders against political correctness (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-280515145049.png)    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) were every bit as political as their opponents.

As Jane Mayer documents in her book, Dark Money: the Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Bloom and D’Souza were funded by networks of conservative donors – particularly the Koch, Olin and Scaife families – who had spent the 1980s building programmes that they hoped would create a new “counter-intelligentsia”.

SNIPPET 2:
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Trump has also continued to cry PC in response to criticism. When an interviewer from Politico asked a Trump transition team member why Trump was appointing so many lobbyists and political insiders, despite having pledged to “drain the swamp” of them, the source said that “one of the most refreshing parts of … the whole Trump style (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2z6in9g.gif) is that he does not care about political correctness.”  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)

Apparently it would have been politically correct to hold him to his campaign promises.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gaah.gif)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/30/political-correctness-how-the-right-invented-phantom-enemy-donald-trump

Agelbert NOTE: The Fascists NEVER stop DOING what they DO:

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on December 16, 2016, 02:29:01 pm
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Joshua Scheer:
We're definitely going to want to talk about that. We're also going to talk about Jeffrey Sterling who is another whistleblower who is still in prison. I believe he is the, at his time, was the fifth person used in history the Espionage Act by President Obama. I want to talk about this intelligence briefing because the president-elect said on Fox News this Sunday, he's a pretty smart guy. We've discussed it in brief.
 
I want to let our listeners know what this president intelligence checklist was. It started with Kennedy in '61. It was typewritten. It's stamped for president only. It has gone through, obviously, technological innovation. Obama gets it on an iPad, and Trump has kind of said, "I'll get it when anything is new. It'll go through Mike Pence. It'll go through my generals." He said, this is his quote, "If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I'm available at one-minute's notice, but eight years, I don't need that. If something should change, let us know." Talk about this, because I'm sure you've been involved in briefing the president and certainly writing these reports.

John Kiriakou:
Sure.
 

Joshua Scheer:
How important are they? Some of the intelligence community, one David Bass, I'm thinking, worked for the-
 

John Kiriakou:
Priess.
 

Joshua Scheer:

Beast, yes, worked for the State Department, worked for Bush and Clinton as a CIA intelligence officer and talks about how important it is to be informed, and that you're making these decisions and you want to know all the information. Talk about this a little bit, about the president-elect rejecting these intelligence reports.


John Kiriakou:

Yeah, we've never had a president since Kennedy who just outrightly rejected his intelligence briefings. Bill Clinton famously was not briefed by his PDB briefer. PDB is President's Daily Brief, but what the briefer would do is that he would go to the White House every morning at 7 a.m. and drop it off, and Clinton would read it at his leisure. He was only briefed in person twice during his presidency, but Gore was briefed six days a week. Clinton read the briefing later in the day, and so he was informed.
 
Now, each day's PDB is specifically tailored to the president and to his interests, and so what Trump is reading right now, or what Trump would be reading if he were being briefed is really Obama's briefing. Obama has been steeped in these issues for eight years. I can see how they might seem a little too tactical, too detailed for Trump, but that's not just what Trump said. He didn't say they were too detailed and too tactical. He said he was a smart guy already and he didn't need to be briefed. That's a mistake, unless he is going to just wholesale turnover foreign and intelligence policy to Mike Pence. If Mike Pence is going to be the de facto president on these issues, then okay, I guess there is really no reason to brief Trump. If Trump is going to still have the final word on foreign defense and intelligence policy, I think this is a big mistake.
 

Joshua Scheer:
Yeah, go on on that a little bit. Obviously, Mike Pence, this guy ... Trump is acting as if this is not even a job. This is something where it's one of the many things he will be doing, certainly has given Pence a lot of power, which is scary. Jeremy Scahill has written about this de facto Christian fascist in power. There has been others who have written about that. What do you make of this? I mean, you've obviously followed politics a long time. Certainly, we've talked about this earlier in the interview, the CIA is probably scared about this, but is to be expected both on ... Obviously, we all have other people on to talk about, the EPA.
 
We're talking about scared agencies. The EPA right now is ... The Department of Energy, I'm sorry, is hiding people's names who have worked on climate science. They're not codifying the data they have gathered over a number of years to try to say that US States like California saying they're going on alone on immigration, on climate change. I mean, this is a really tumultuous time for everybody. I mean, we talked about it a little bit earlier, but I can't imagine that this is ... I mean, this must be the most experience you've ever seen, right?
 

John Kiriakou:

Yeah, I've never seen anything like this, and I've been close to several presidents from my CIA time. Even my wife was a senior CIA officer and has been even closer in some cases to presidents than have, and he's never seen anything like this either. I had dinner with a great friend of mine on Saturday night. He was my first boss at the CIA, and he goes back to the Carter administration, and he was of the opinion that this is utterly unprecedented. What makes is so dangerous is that this is not a weak president giving a strong president the authority to handle intelligence policy. This is a strongman who has surrounded himself with generals who is giving a weak vice president the authority to lead intelligence policy.
 
He said, "It's a disaster waiting to happen," and he feared that the only time the American people are going to understand what a terrible mistake this is, is when we're the victims of a terrorist attack on American soil, and people are going to want to know why the president wasn't up on this, why the president didn't order countermeasures, why the president dropped the ball. I fear that's the direction we're going in.
 

Listen to or read the full interview transcript:

The CIA's hypocritical stance on election interference

Friday, 16 December 2016 11:35

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2982
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on December 22, 2016, 02:51:41 pm
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War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump
Posted on Dec 19, 2016

By Henry A. Giroux / Truthout

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/war_culture_militarism_and_racist_violence_under_trump_20161219


Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 06, 2017, 08:21:37 pm
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March 6, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump's New National Security Advisor Believes in Empire, More Realpolitik than Flynn

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says General H.R. McMaster might be more restrained about military action, but will support massive budget increase to military and the imperial mission.

https://youtu.be/u5bJ3PPZ_jo

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18477

Agelbert NOTE: I disagree with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson's belief (and hope) that Trump doesn't actually want to use the military; he does. As Trump's popularity declines, he will most likely try to distract the people from his domestic fascist mayhem with more war. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 07, 2017, 06:28:02 pm
Empire Files: Chris Hedges & Abby Martin -Trump, Fascism & the Christian(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif)  Right

https://youtu.be/TP5gjrh-3Ew

Published on Feb 27, 2017


For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

This new development is coupled with the emergence of the Alt Right, the Trump movement, and the rise of fascist movements abroad.

Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges has embedded himself in what he calls “Christianized Fascism” and warns that this is the biggest danger we face under Trump.

Agelbert NOTE: The Apostate Christian Church in the USA is "Christian" in name only. If Pruitt and the other crooks and liars on the Trump Team (along with Trump himself) are Christians, Hitler was a saint. These Trump cretins give Christianity a black eye!   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-120716190938.png)


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2 Timothy Chapter 3 King James Version (KJV)

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on June 17, 2017, 06:52:42 pm
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George Frederick Baer (September 26, 1842 – April 26, 1914) was an American lawyer who was the President of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad and spokesman for the owners during the Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902.
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"These men don't suffer. Why, hell, half of them don't even speak English!" George Frederick Baer


Published on May 4, 2017

A bill to rob Americans of health care is barbaric and intolerable

https://youtu.be/gAChqYKslGs

The Shame and Cruelty of the GOP | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Agelbert NOTE: Keith hopes George Frederick Baer is in a certain place, which he hopes exists.

Well, I know it exists. Below, please find, a picture of Mr. Baer in his present abode:

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on June 28, 2017, 10:57:14 pm
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SCOTUS is Throwing Us into Jefferson's Nightmare (w/guest Rev. Barry Lynn)

https://youtu.be/jWrlKtpZAGU

June 27, 2017

Thom sits down with guest Reverend Barry W. Lynn (Executive Director - Americans United for Separation of Church and State) to talk about the recent Supreme Court decisions that reflect the increasing politicization of religious organizations.
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on July 01, 2017, 06:25:41 pm
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Yep.  :(  Jesus Christ said a thing or two to about how the Pences (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)and Trumps (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) of this world would treat good people:

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John 15 ( ERV -Easy to Read Version)

21 They will do to you whatever they did to me, because you belong to me. They don’t know the one who sent me.

22 If I had not come and spoken to the people of the world, they would not be guilty of sin. But now I have spoken to them. So they have no excuse for their sin.

23 “Whoever hates me also hates my Father.

24 I did things among the people of the world that no one else has ever done. If I had not done those things, they would not be guilty of sin. But they have seen what I did, and still they hate me and my Father.

25 But this happened to make clear the full meaning of what is written in their law: ‘They hated me for no reason.'

Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on August 13, 2017, 02:47:00 pm
2017-08-10 - How fossil fuel money made climate change denial the word of God: (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)
http://splinternews.com/how-fossil-fuel-money-made-climate-denial-the-word-of-g-1797466298 (http://splinternews.com/how-fossil-fuel-money-made-climate-denial-the-word-of-g-1797466298)

The Word of God has been twisted six ways from Sunday to justify doing EVIL for thousands of years. The Fossil Fuelers are just the latest loyal servants of Lucifer to join the band wagon. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-241013183046.jpeg) The Koch money, and the CIA and other Federal Government money has, for several decades, under the guise of "promoting democracy"  ;) :evil4: (see: National Endowment for fascism Democracy)  been given to "Christian" Churches in the USA and abroad to conflate US Fossil Fuel Gooberment, dirty energy/fascist policies with religion.

It's an old con. The idea is that if, as Hitler said, and had it put on all the belt buckles of the nazi soldiers, that GOT MIT UNS ("God with us" LOL!), then people can be convinced to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the Word of God teaches. This way, the oligarchs, whether they be pseudo-Christians or not, laugh all the way to the bank.

Why, for example, do you think that "get prayer back in schools" was organized by hypocrites like "Dr." James Dobson with a call to "See you at the Flag."? Get it? The FLAG is the new symbol for GOT MIT UNS. Corrupted "Christianity", disguised as unrestrained Nationalism IS NOT Christianity, but idolatry.

From the "Manifest Destiny" UNCHRISTIAN Nationalist propaganda that resulted in the murder of millions of Native Americans, wars and racist abuse and murder of minorites  to the "God will solve the Global Warming thing so it's okay to pollute the planet" UNCHRISTIAN dirty energy defending propaganda, our gooberment  has succeeded in getting Americans to WORSHIP THE FLAG because they have been conned into believing that "God" is backing every damned thing (And I am not swearing) our corrupt, profit over people and planet, war loving, dirty energy defending gooberment DOES.

People are not easily convinced to go and fight for whatever or believe destroying their environment and the future for their kids is "okay" unless they think "God is on their side". It is a devilshly clever policy. Too many ignorant people have fallen for it.

The hypocrites do a lot of damage, Az. Which leads me to today's teaching on some of Christ's parables. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)

Agelbert NOTE: The parables taught by Jesus Christ have been frequently misinterpreted or even used to rationalize doing the opposite of what Christ actually taught. I am posting the following over several days in order to help clear up any misunderstandings among people of good will, along with eliminating self-serving rationalizitions often used by people of bad will.

Matthew 13:1-58

Eight parables are found here. In the first instance the parable is of the sower. The sowing of the seed refers to the Word of God.

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The seed, having grown in the good soil, becomes not only one but many believing witnesses cast into the world. Jesus explained that "the good seed are the children of the kingdom".

These parables are given so that we as the children of the kingdom in the world may know that we must expect opposition from the devil and his children.

In these parable, we are given the negative reaction to Christian action.

We must not try to uproot the weeds, representative of the evil ones in the world, because of our inability to judge rightly without the possibility of making a mistake. The ultimate disposition of the evil ones in the world will be accomplished by angels who are going to be sent by the Lord (v. 41) at the consummation of the age. Actually, the angels are designated as the final reapers of the harvest of our labor (v. 39).

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Enjoy this Country Western style singing of a Psalm David wrote:     (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif)

https://youtu.be/XjEpB2ikkuE (https://youtu.be/XjEpB2ikkuE)

Continued tomorrow

Parable no. 2 (vv. 24-30 the wheat and the tares) and parable no. 7 (the net which catches both good and bad fish) are illustrative of the fact that, as a result of the witnessing of children of the kingdom in this dispensation, there will be both genuine wheat and good fish, as well as tares and bad fish.

Not all who are caught in the net of evangelism are genuinely saved. The unsaved will be made manifest in the Day of Judgment at the consumation of the age.

Neither we nor angels, no matter how hard we try, wil be able to put the devil out of commision until the appointed time. The disciples wanted to pull out the tares planted by the devil, but were told not to do so until harvest time when the tares were going to be uprooted and utterly burned. See Jude v. 9.

Agelbert NOTE: It is one thing to not go out and kill the people you believe are pseudo-Christians dedicated to evil, but that doesn't mean we are not given sufficient discernment to know who they are. I am firmly convinced that Pat Robertson, Vice President Pence (and many other public figures that claim to be "Christians") are in the category of tares and bad fish. You know them by their empathy deficit, despicable, evil, destructive, hateful, war loving, rotten fruit.

Trump gets along great with those hypocrites. Is Trump the same as them?

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As for Trump, he doesn't have the remotest idea of what Christianity is, and never has entertained one single thought of accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, except as a pose to con voters.

To non-believers, the difference between the Trumps and Pences of this world is irrelevant because they both obviously are people dominated by evil desires.

But according to Holy Scripture, the Trumps of this world, who never even looked at the seed of the Gospel or were never caught in the Gospel net of sound doctrine, are less guilty than people like Pence, Gorsuch, etc. et al, who drive potential converts to Christianity away with their in-your-face greed, lack of compassion, racism and bigotry while they simultaneously and shamelessly parade their sanctimonious guise of "Christian" beliefs.(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg) (http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/wemeantwell-23439-20130307-234.jpg)

Judgment begins in the House of the Lord.

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17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? - 1 Peter 4:17 KJV

Continued tomorrow
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on August 13, 2017, 05:50:40 pm
E vangelical Christians & Climate Change (#GreenSunday)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/earthhug.gif)

August 13th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

SNIPPET:

Deacon McGrane refutes much of the scriptural basis that evangelicals rely on to justify their attacks on climate science and governmental policies designed to limit climate change. He feels it is essential to challenge those beliefs for the good of humanity, despite their basis in religious belief.

Climate Change & Christianity

Despising people who belong to other religions, dress differently, or speak other languages; hatred of non-whites; homophobia — all of these are as far from the teachings of Jesus as one can possibly imagine. Yet those hate-filled messages are uttered constantly by such self-important leaders as Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson and are taken to heart by many evangelicals.

Such misguided men are entitled to their opinions, of course, no matter how corrosive and mean spirited they may be. But when such beliefs seek to block essential action on the most pressing problem facing humanity — the destruction of the environment — it is essential to oppose their toxic words.   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)


Deacon McGrane offers this alternative narrative.

Full article: (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/13/evangelical-christians-climate-change/
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on September 27, 2017, 09:04:54 pm
Are There Fascists In America? Yes and They Aren't Who You Think They Are

https://youtu.be/ZjKPmcTWdoE

Sep. 26, 2017 4:00 pm

Thom breaks down the news of the day and asks a question. if there are fascist in America today, who are they? David Koch, maybe Mike Pence?

Agelbert ANSWER: All of those mentioned and many more.


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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on November 15, 2017, 06:19:44 pm
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Judge Roy Moore(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) DOING HIS THING.

Agelbert NOTE: Moore is a pseudo-Christian Fascist Kochroach, NOT A CHRISTIAN! Democrat Doug Jones is principled. Let us hope Jones wins agains this corrupt FASCIST RACIST 'Judge' Moore.

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Behind Roy Moore's Smear Campaign Against His Survivors (w/Guest Greg Palast)

https://youtu.be/7MtkXADFQXk

Roy Moore's story gets even more seedy when not only is he working on a smear campaign against his victims, but he hired the architect of a caging operation aimed at making sure that people of color, jewish people, even black soldiers in Iraq, to stop them from voting. These people are as evil as you could get.

Thom Hartmann Nov. 14, 2017 5:30 pm
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on November 19, 2017, 05:16:20 pm
PROOF that there is NO organized Christian Church in the USA

Poll: Majority Of Evangelicals Would Support Satan (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) If He Ran As Republican Candidate


November 15, 2017

U.S.—A new LifeWay Research poll confirmed Wednesday that a majority of conservative evangelicals would vote for Satan, the Prince of Darkness, should he run for public office as a Republican candidate.

The poll found that 72% of self-identified evangelicals would vote and even campaign for the prince of fallen angels should he promise to promote Republican policies while in office.

“Most of those we surveyed agreed that they would in fact vote for Satan, as long as he verbally supported pro-life and pro-Second Amendment platform positions,” the head of the research study said. “A majority of respondents ‘strongly agreed’ that it was important for a candidate to pay lip service to the hot-button issues of the religious right, while strongly disagreeing that a candidate’s personal penchant for tempting countless millions of souls into the fires of hell would affect his public policies.”

“Lucifer? Yeah, I’d vote for him, as long as he claims to be a Republican,” one member of a study focus group said. “He’s got some character flaws, sure—who doesn’t—but we’ve got to remember that ensuring we Christians get some fleeting political power is far more important than whether our chosen candidate does a little soul-devouring on the side.”  (http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2009/347/2/6/WTF_Smiley_face_by_IveWasHere.jpg)

The poll also looked at related issues, such as the willingness of evangelicals  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/d2.gif) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) to overlook or minimize major moral failings in human candidates.

“Personal indiscretions, shady business dealings, making blood sacrifices to Azathoth the Daemon Sultan in secret—Christians are now willing to forgive literally everything if it means they’ll have some kind of political clout,” the study head told reporters. “Our findings confirm that conservative Christians are actually more likely to vote for mobsters, cultists, and hellish demon kings than any other demographic.

At publishing time, study officials had confirmed evangelicals would also be willing to support Sith lords, elder gods, and the evil Dr. Robotnik if they were to run for office as members of the GOP.

https://babylonbee.com/news/poll-majority-of-evangelicals-would-support-satan-if-he-ran-as-republican-candidate/ (https://babylonbee.com/news/poll-majority-of-evangelicals-would-support-satan-if-he-ran-as-republican-candidate/)

Agelbert Observation: Yeah, the above is satire. But the evidence is irrefutable that the WALK of the overwhemling majority (at leat 72%) of these pseudo-Christians is the exact opposite of the "we follow Jesus Christ's teachings" TALK. While it is true that these pseudo-Christians have never actually voted for Lucifer, the entitiy that Jesus Christ called the Prince of this world, they did vote for an adequate representative. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-270117175421.png)

There are some Doomstead Diners that love to ridicule and condemn Christianity (i.e. the teachings of Jesus Christ) based on the voting habits of the pseudo-Christians from the American Organized Mainstream Orwellian Christian Churches, like those that dominate Texas and Florida politics, though the demonic influence of these War loving bastions of gun nuttery and bigotry is not limited to those two states. These crazed bigot factories are firmly entrenched all over the USA (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)  These Lucifer worshipping Churches are funded and religiously supported by their fellow Social Darwinist Religionists from the Military Industrial Complex AND Big Oil AND many 'Second Amendment' fetish gun lovers AND white supremacists AND (so on you get the 'might is right' idea).

So, the next time you fine felllows want to finger the "Christians" for the profit over people and planet woes cursing the USA, I suggest you remember that the nominal Christian Churches in the USA were long ago infiltrated (i.e. flipped to anti-Christian ideology) by the lovers of war and selective law enforcement in our IMPERIALIST/CAPITALIST government, who wanted to MAKE SURE this country NEVER espoused Christian behavior in foreign or domestic policy.

The RELIGION of most Doomstead Diners, like that of the pseudo-Christians who voted for Trump, and would vote for Lucifer himself if he he gave lip service to their spoon fed wedge issues, is Social Darwinism.

True, you Diners aren't being suckered into forking over 10% of your income to some sanctimonious charlatan crook running a con. And you save a little more money by not being preached to at in some building once a week or so. You are also far more objective than the pseudo-Christians church goers who delude themselves into believing that they worship Christ instead of Mammon. You materialsts have done all that scientific caloric math and haven't found any intrinsic thermodynamic value in the energy density of spiritual powers or the promise of salvation in the afterlife. Like all materialsts would say, "If ya can't measure it, it ain't there".

But in a way, you are even greater suckers than the pseudo-Christians. How can that be? Well, at least they actually believe that Lucifer exists. Lucifer has you by the cognitive short hairs because, not only do you scoff at the very idea of fallen angels, but you do not even want to admit that evil exists!

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May 14, 2014 ... “Maybe his [Satan's] greatest achievement in these times has been to make us believe that he does not exist, and that all can be fixed on a purely human level,” said Pope Francis.
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/pope-francis-satan-s-greatest-achievement-has-been-make-us-believe-he (https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/pope-francis-satan-s-greatest-achievement-has-been-make-us-believe-he)

The CHURCH of Jesus Christ, since Jesus Christ founded it, has ALWAYS been composed of the members of the BODY of Christ. It has NEVER been a building. It will never be a human organization composed of a hierarchy. It is a group of humans who serve Jesus Christ, PERIOD. Many of those people who are destined for salvation do not even know they will be saved or that they are already serving Jesus Christ. Many who believe they are serving Jesus Christ and are saved will be damned. Only God knows. But I am certain we will all be judged by our actions (i.e. fruit/behavior), not by our words.

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Apologies to John McPherson for Agelbert Fair Use Cartoon tampering.  ;D

Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on December 19, 2017, 02:03:08 pm
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... but your hypocrisy glows with the radiance of 1000 suns.



Well and truly said, Surly. The pseudo-Christian Cretins and the Ryans of this world have absolutely no shame at all.
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on December 25, 2017, 07:09:40 pm
DEC 24, 2017 TD ORIGINALS


What Christmas Means

By Chris Hedges

SNIPPET:

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Jesus was not a Roman citizen. He lived under Roman occupation. The Romans were white. Jesus was a person of color. And the Romans, who peddled their own version of white supremacy, nailed people of color to crosses almost as often as we finish them off with lethal injections, gun them down in the streets or lock them up in cages. The Romans killed Jesus as an insurrectionist, a revolutionary. They feared the radicalism of the Christian Gospel. And they were right to fear it. The Roman state saw Jesus the way the American state saw Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Then, like now, prophets were killed.

The radicalism of the Christian Gospel would be muted, distorted and denied by the institutional church once it came to power in the third century. It would be perverted by court theologians, church leaders and, in the 20th century, fascists. It would be mangled by the heretics in the Christian right to sanctify the worst aspects of American imperialism and capitalism. The Bible unequivocally condemns the powerful. It is not a self-help manual to become rich. It does not bless America or any other nation. It was written for the powerless, for those the theologian James Cone calls the crucified of the earth. It was written to give a voice to, and affirm the dignity of, those being crushed by malignant power and empire.

Excellent article:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/what-christmas-means/

Agelbert NOTE: All true followers of Christ get the same treatment in this valley of tears.
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Proverbs 18:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.



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Luke 9

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels
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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on January 13, 2018, 03:48:17 pm
GLOBAL NEWS HOME


NORTH CAROLINA RELIGIOUS GROUP (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) HELD “CHILD SLAVES”

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Thursday January 11, 2018

Leaders of an “alternative religious group” in Cumberland, North Carolina have been arrested for forcing children as young as nine to work in fish markets to help fund the organization. Four have been arrested thus far though police have arrest warrants for six other suspects.

WRAL reports:

The group lives on a compound off McCollum Road in Godwin known as McCollum Ranch (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) and operates at least three John C’s Fish Markets and mobile grills in Fayetteville and one in Lumberton, authorities said. Several former residents told authorities that children of members had to work full time in the fish markets with little to no compensation, lifting heavy boxes, keeping fish iced, cutting fish and cleaning, as well as performing construction and maintenance on the mobile grills after hours.

John McCollum, who runs the fish markets, Brenda Joyce Hall, Cornelia McDonald and Pamela Puga Luna have been arrested on charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, involuntary servitude of a minor, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy. Arrest warrants on the same charges have been issued for Shirley McNatt, Daffene Edge, Kassia Rogers, Irish Williams, Shirnitka McNatt and Earlene Hayat.

Lt. Sean Swain, spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, added that the cult has abused children for years. “We found that kids are like second generation of the ranch and that some of the people that we’ve charged in this were actually victimized years ago. They’ve just never left this ranch, and now their kids are second-generation victims,” he said.

McCollum is being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $1.1 million bond along with Hall, McDonald, and Luna.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the other six suspects to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

To read the entire article, click here http://www.wral.com/authorities-cumberland-religious-group-held-children-as-slaves/17247958/
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on January 26, 2018, 11:54:14 pm
How Can Conservatives (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg) Claim to be Pro Life and Still Oppose DACA?

https://youtu.be/rHaRvytgLk8

Thom takes a call from a conservative who although claiming to be pro life still doesn't care about immigrant lives? What about Dreamers and DACA recipients? Are they not lives in the eyes of conservatives?

Thom Hartmann Jan. 26, 2018 2:00 pm
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on February 21, 2018, 03:09:26 pm
Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)

Matthew Avery Sutton

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When Billy Graham stands before the judgment seat of God, he may finally realize how badly he failed his country, and perhaps his God. On civil rights and the environmental crisis, the most important issues of his lifetime, he championed the wrong policies.

Full article:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/21/billy-graham-wrong-side-history

Agelbert NOTE: As a Christian, I am CERTAIN that Billy Graham, a staunch friend of Richard Nixon (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png), failed God continually. Graham is a textbook example of the Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity in the USA. Graham chose power and privilege over justice and truth. IOW, Graham worshipped MAMMON instead of God.

WHAT IS MAMMON?

by Creflo Dollar | 9 Apr 2017

SUMMARY

Jesus did not throw words around, so it is significant that he used the word “mammon” at least four times in the New Testament. When he used it, he did not simply mean money; he deliberately used the word “mammon” to show us what happens when we become attached to money. But mammon’s influence does not just stop with wealth. If we are not vigilant, this spirit will extend to every area of our lives and convince us to trust it instead of God. It tries to motivate us to do more things for it than for God, with the goal of replacing God as the source of what we need. In the book of Exodus, this spirit convinced the people that they did not need God, and its strategy has not changed This evil spirit will deliberately lead us astray and abandon us, but God will always extend his mercy and grace when we need him.

A. Mammon is not money. It is the spirit of deceitful riches that lies to us.

He who is faithful in that which is least is also faithful in much, and he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much (Luke 16:10-14).

Jesus’ parable, as well as the entire chapter, is about a steward who was unfaithful with his master’s goods because he was influenced by mammon.

The original translation of mammon is “deceitful riches.” Money with the spirit of mammon on it becomes deceitful.

Money is neither good nor bad; it takes on the spirit of who has it. How it is used depends on whether its owner is under the influence of God or mammon.

Mammon refers to the desire to pursue wealth as a primary goal in life. The Bible says to seek God first, and everything else will be added (Matthew 6:33).

The devil took Jesus up to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He said to him, I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me (Matthew 4:8, 9).

Mammon tried to seduce Jesus; there is no reason not to think it would try the same trick with us.

Whatever mammon offers us is deceitful. Everything from this spirit is designed to fool us into thinking that walking with it will end well, but mammon always leaves us in a pit.

When Jesus entered Jericho, Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see him as he passed by. Jesus looked up and saw him, and said to Zacchaeus to come down quickly, because he had to stay at his house that day. Jesus then told another parable to teach about the link between money and faithfulness (Luke 19:2-24).

Zacchaeus first felt the favor of God when Jesus looked up and greeted him.

Zacchaeus had previously been under the spirit of mammon, but a meeting with Jesus freed him to become a giver.

B. We must be careful not to unwittingly make mammon our god.

Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).

We are told to be anxious for nothing. Being anxious about our unmet needs is a sign that we worship mammon.

No one can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and be against the other. You cannot serve God and deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in (Matthew 6:24-32, AMPC).
We must stop being perpetually uneasy, anxious, and worried.

Aim at and strive for first of all his kingdom and righteousness, his way of doing and being right, and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:33, 34, AMPC).

When we live in the present instead of the future, the Holy Spirit will give us the grace need at the moment.

We need not fear the future.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Luke 16:10-14                                     Luke 19:2-24

Matthew 6:33                                      Philippians 4:6

Matthew 4:8, 9                                    Matthew 6:24-34, AMPCaggai 

https://creflodollarministries.org/Bible-Study/Study-Notes/What-is-Mammon


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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on February 21, 2018, 03:37:15 pm
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Making America Toxic Again

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/02/scott-pruitt-profile-epa-trump/

Agelbert NOTE: Pruitt is an excellent example of a a Pseudo-Christian Mammon (i.e. Fossil fuel fascists) worshipper who claims to be an "Evangelical Christian". Pruitt is about as Christian as Judas Iscariot. But, unfortuantely, that applies to the majority of the corporate fascsist corrupted "Evangelical Christian" (see 'Greed is good' propspertiy preaching) Churhes in the USA. Don't blame God for the Apostasy of the Churches in the USA!

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on February 22, 2018, 06:58:21 pm
Chris Hedges on Contact - American Fascists : The Dark Side of Religion in Christian America in 2007

https://youtu.be/2f1hZo0PQdI

MultiOmzz

Published on Dec 7, 2017

Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on February 25, 2018, 11:02:11 pm
Palmer Report

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Worshipping Donald Trump 

Tim Faulkner

Updated: 7:59 pm EST Sun Feb 25, 2018


It’s been said that it’s rude to discuss politics and religion in a social setting. That is becoming more and more difficult to avoid given the current political environment. With the advent of social media, more people began feeling comfortable sharing their beliefs on all issues, despite now having an even larger audience than when previous conversations were done at the dinner table or perhaps after a few drinks at the bar, when lips are loose and true opinions flow faster than the beer tap.

With the recent death of Evangelist Billy Graham there is even more discussion than normal of religion by those in politics. The rise of Donald Trump, and his subsequent support by those that claim to be extremely religious, is still odd. With absolutely zero evidence of Trump ever being religious prior to his presidential run so-called Christians seemed to flock to him as the second coming of Christ.

Their near worship of him, to this day, is baffling. The fact that Donald Trump still carries a high approval rating among Evangelicals is almost laughable, and certainly confusing. Despite all of the facts coming forward almost daily, involving Trump’s multiple affairs with p o r n stars and Playboy playmates, the “religious right” continue to make excuses for him.

So what could possibly explain the praise, admiration, and even idolization Evangelicals show towards a man who exhibits literally zero of the attributes taught by any religion? Are the followers simply brainwashed, believing every word their leaders push? Why are top Evangelicals willing to sell out their faith to gain supporters? Perhaps for the very same reason that Trump was happy to sell out America: for money and power. One thing is certain – fake prophets seem willing to do anything for real profits.

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/worshipping-donald-trump/8320/

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 11, 2018, 04:52:14 pm
How should the media cover America's racist 😈 💣 extremists  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-301014182447.gif) (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/how-should-the-media-cover-americas-racist-extremists)

Charlottesville made clear that far-right groups were a serious, violent threat. But it did not put an end to the debates over media coverage of these groups

In August, hundreds of white men with torches marched across the University of Virginia campus. They chanted “Jews will not replace us!” and “Blood and soil!” and fought with counter-protesters in th…

Agelbert NOTE: These deluded cretins who buy into the white supremacist baloney are simply following the example of their dear leader 😇 in the WHITE   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png)  House. The Germans (see below) know EXACTLY how cover America's racist 🦀 extremists.

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 19, 2018, 06:43:31 pm
Corporate Fascism 😈 👹 💵 🎩 Corrupted the Christian Church in the USA
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Frances Fitzgerald, "The Evangelicals"

https://youtu.be/OVXr02vHmS4

Politics and Prose
Published on Apr 19, 2017
http://www.politics-prose.com/book/97...

Fitzgerald made her name with her now classic Fire in the Lake, which won both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award and is still considered one of the best accounts of the Vietnam War. Her sixth book chronicles the social and political roles of Evangelicals in America. Now constituting twenty-five percent of the American population, Evangelicals have helped shape the country since the Puritans, though they became a dominant force only with the Great Awakenings of the nineteenth century. A populist rebellion centered in revivals, the movement split along North-South lines with the Civil War, then into modernist-fundamentalist factions. Preachers like Billy Graham worked to unite the groups, but the turbulent 1960s divided them further.

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Post by: AGelbert on June 29, 2018, 07:30:53 pm
Sole Survivor Of Holocaust Finds More Than Uncanny Parallels to his Past in Trump 🦀

https://youtu.be/a3_fQiGmM1I

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Jun 27, 2018

Are the comparisons being made between the Trump administration and Nazi Germany hyperbolic, Dr. Henry Oster, Sole Survivor of the Holocaust from Cologne Germany, doesn't think so

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on June 29, 2018, 08:18:32 pm
Did Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif)Threaten Maxine Waters?


https://youtu.be/pG4R-9foUfE

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Jun 26, 2018

Donald Trump may have just threatened Maxine Waters?
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on June 29, 2018, 08:41:39 pm
American Mythology and the loss of democracy

https://youtu.be/y9OJZOMEjOU

RT America

Published on Jun 23, 2018

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Post by: AGelbert on July 01, 2018, 05:37:15 pm
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Truthout

In Upholding Muslim Ban, the Supreme Court Ignored International Law

Marjorie Cohn Truthout

PUBLISHED July 1, 2018

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Evidence of the Discriminatory Nature of the Travel Ban

Even though the Supreme Court majority held that the ban did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, much evidence exists to the contrary.

The Establishment Clause says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That means “one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another,” according to Supreme Court case law.

After quoting a few of Trump’s anti-Muslim statements, Roberts noted, “the issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements” but rather “the significance of those statements in reviewing a Presidential directive, neutral on its face, addressing a matter within the core of executive responsibility.” Roberts added, “we must consider not only the statements of a particular President, but also the authority of the Presidency itself.”

Roberts wrote that the Court could consider the president’s statements “but will uphold the policy so long as it can reasonably be understood to result from a justification independent of unconstitutional grounds.” Courts must give great deference to the president in immigration matters and will uphold his policy if it has any legitimate purpose, Roberts noted. “The entry suspension has a legitimate grounding in national security concerns, quite apart from any religious hostility.” The text doesn’t specifically mention religion, so Roberts wrote it was “neutral on its face.”

Sotomayor spent seven of the 28 pages of her dissent listing more than a dozen statements by Trump denigrating Muslims. She cited the policy’s initial purpose as a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” in Trump’s words. But that policy “now masquerades behind a façade of national security concerns,” Sotomayor wrote.

She quoted a Trump adviser who said, “When [Donald Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’” Sotomayor also listed Trump’s declarations that “Islam hates us,” “we’re having problems with Muslims coming into the country,” and “Muslims do not respect us at all.”

Trump said President Franklin D. Roosevelt “did the same thing” with his internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Sotomayor noted. Trump told a story about General John J. Pershing killing a large group of Muslim insurgents in the Philippines with bullets dipped in pig’s blood. When he issued his first ban, Trump explained that Christians would be given preference for entry as refugees into the United States. He also retweeted three anti-Muslim videos.

“Taking all the relevant evidence together,” Sotomayor wrote, “a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus, rather than by the Government’s asserted national security justifications.” The Proclamation, she added, “is nothing more than a ‘religious (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) gerrymander.'

Full article: (https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/304fa75d7ed32d56ae1ff3a796933cb65eac738511bb960bc4a77bb2f67c0af6.gif)

https://truthout.org/articles/in-upholding-muslim-ban-the-supreme-court-ignored-international-law/

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on July 10, 2018, 02:07:01 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Trump 🦀 is following EXACTLY the same playbook Hitler used in Germany to make the courts a handmaiden to fascist murder ☠️ and mayhem 💣. >:( God help us.

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stumbles out of the gate

Bill Palmer | 11:58 pm EDT July 9, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

Brett Kavanaugh just did a big favor for those who are seeking to defeat his nomination to the Supreme Court. Donald Trump could have picked any far-right judge and made his billionaire donors and extremist supporters happy. So why did he choose Kavanaugh specifically? You and I know that it obviously involved a private conversation about personal loyalty. But thanks to Kavanaugh’s big stupid mouth, now the whole world knows it.

After Donald Trump introduced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh stepped to the microphone and said this: “No president has ever consulted more widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input for a Supreme Court nomination.” It was precisely what Trump wanted to hear. It was also the dumbest thing Kavanaugh has ever said in public, because he just personally married himself to Trump in the court of public opinion.

There are two ways we can convince mainstream America to ferociously stand up and fight against this Supreme Court pick. The first is to point out that Brett Kavanaugh will cast the deciding vote to overturn Roe v Wade, gay marriage, and other crucial rulings. This simply requires pointing to his existing record of far-right extremism. The second is to frame Kavanaugh as being a corrupt puppet of Donald Trump. This was going to be a difficult sell, until Kavanaugh just handed us the above quote.

I’ll post Brett Kavanaugh’s words about Donald Trump again, because this is the quote that you copy-paste and send to all your friends who wouldn’t normally care about the Supreme Court but who think Trump is a corrupt criminal: “No president has ever consulted more widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input for a Supreme Court nomination.” (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418201722.png) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-251117175700.png)

These are not the words of a legitimate judge. They’re the words of a corrupt judge who is willing and eager to do Trump’s 🦀 personal bidding 🦍 at the expense of America.

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http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/stumbles-brett-kavanaugh-trump-court/11298/

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on July 28, 2018, 04:24:46 pm
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By Associated Press.  Published July 28 at 3:21 pm

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https://www.kyivpost.com/russia/associated-press-putin-calls-christianity-foundation-of-russian-state.html
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on August 05, 2018, 06:55:43 pm
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Fascism is far too entrenched in U.S. government policies.  >:(

The U.S. is a Fascist Petro-State 🐉😈 👹🦕🦖.

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Webster warned that Trump is a full blown Fascist before the election.

https://youtu.be/QOk0MD-zN3U
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on August 05, 2018, 07:10:05 pm
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Webster Tarpley believes Trump is a creature of the Deep State, not the enemy of it.  I agree.



HD | Jul 20, 2018 by Webster Tarpley Fan Channel

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Left Forum lecture with Webster Tarpley and Gregory Edwards recorded on June 2, 2018 After the 2016 election, Fox News 👹 has attempted to take control of the ...

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on August 31, 2018, 10:12:13 pm
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Deporting US Citizens: 😨  Trump’s 🦀 New Fascistic Use of Law

By Mark Bray,  Truthout Published August 31, 2018

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The paradox of the fascist conception of law sheds light on the Trump administration’s mission to systematically reduce the non-white population of the country regardless of what existing law says.

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https://truthout.org/articles/deporting-us-citizens-trumps-new-fascistic-use-of-law/
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on September 09, 2018, 11:43:35 am
Brett Kavanaugh (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) is a Threat to Racial Justice and Voting Rights

BY Marjorie Cohn Truthout

PUBLISHED September 8, 2018

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Hirono quoted an email in which Kavanaugh wrote, “I think the testimony needs to make clear that any program targeting Native Hawaiians as a group is subject to strict scrutiny and of questionable validity under the Constitution.”

That email was one of tens of thousands of documents the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee had marked “committee confidential” in an unprecedented attempt to hide them from the public. By releasing that email, Hirono risked censure, discipline or removal from the Senate.

Hirono, who said Kavanaugh’s (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) views on Native Hawaiians are “factually wrong” and incredibly offensive, told the nominee:

full article: (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418200416.png)

https://truthout.org/articles/brett-kavanaugh-is-a-threat-to-racial-justice-and-voting-rights/


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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on September 28, 2018, 11:00:05 pm
The Hostile Racism and Sexism Of Donald Trump 🦀 Define a Decades Long Constitutional Crisis

https://youtu.be/SNZwe5nkk3o

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Sep 24, 2018

Are we in the middle of a constitutional crisis?

With new data showing that Donald Trump sits in a long history of illegitimately elected Republican presidents, we ask Chauncey DeVega on what we can do to fight  the decades long constitutional crisis exemplified by the hostile racism and sexism of Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, the Republican Party, and the morbidly Rich.

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 10, 2018, 03:08:51 pm
Donald Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-270117175421.png) and the prosperity (http://www.smilies.4-user.de/include/Spiele/smilie_game_017.gif)(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)gospel

Robert Harrington (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185037-16412296.gif) | 12:12 pm EDT October 10, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

When last year CNN fired sometime commentator and full time religious studies scholar Reza Aslan for tweeting that Donald Trump was a “piece of s h i t,” one was left to wonder if it was because he employed a profanity in describing the President of the United States, or merely because he committed the journalistic heresy of stating the obvious. Whichever it was, one cannot also help but wonder if CNN knew not what it did. For it was also about that time that Aslan put his perspicacious finger on the not-so-obvious reasons why “the Donald” has gathered unto himself so rabid a following, and how, after all this time, that following appears to have remained bafflingly loyal.

The good news is the aforementioned following we are concerned with here is at least confined to the pulpits and pews of white fundamentalist Christians. Were it not for Aslan, the question of why Trump should gain such popularity with such a group might remain an ostensible head scratcher. But for this recipe for Dragon Stew, Aslan actually provides us with a plausible dragon: Donald Trump is a religious cult.

That cult comes compliments of something called “the prosperity gospel.” The idea goes that the more righteous a man is, the more God blesses him with material wealth. Trump’s ostentatious trappings of wealth are the obvious proof that God must think Trump a pretty groovy guy.

Some of the cynical among us noticed that “the prosperity gospel” started to appear right around the same time that the dorsal fins of the big-haired, Rolex-wearing televangelists started to cut the water. Mansions needed sanctification, luxury cars and private jets required the consecration of Elijah’s chariots of fire. The prosperity gospel gave the perfect fit.


“But none of this … explains the most important phenomenon about white evangelicals in America,” Aslan says, “and that is this: In the span of a single election cycle, white evangelicals have gone from being the group in America that is most likely to say that a politician’s morality matters to the group that is now least likely to say that.”


In other words, the cult of personality surrounding Donald Trump has managed in a single election cycle to convince good people that doing bad things is okay. The last time we witnessed a phenomenon like that was when a community of Americans settled in a little regarded country called Guyana led by a little known evangelical named Jim Jones. This time the stakes are much, much higher.

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https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/prosperity-gospel-donald-trump/13333/

Agelbert NOTE: The Heretical Doctrine of Demons called "Prosperity Preaching" (a principle tenet of the Antinomian Christian Heretical teaching), that the pseudo-Christians in the USA are enthralled with, is thousands of years old.

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an·ti·no·mi·an
[an-ti- noh-mee- uhn]

NOUN

a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.

I have a deceased brother-in-law who worshipped monetary wealth above any Christian duty to help the disadvantaged and poor of this world. He thought it was A-OKAY to be GREEDY, as his wife (my sister, also a Mammon worshipping Pseudo-Christian) still, unfortunately for her, does.

In the Epistle II Peter in the New Testament, Peter addresses the Antinomians who claimed to be Christians. These Heretics were defined by their insistance that it was okay to sin to get more money and wantonly engage in just about any worldly lust they wanted to engage in based on a deliberate twisting of the Holy Scripture (SEE Paul: "We are saved by Grace, not works"). 

Peter makes it crystal clear that claiming to be a Christian and chasing money, comfort, power and the lusts of the flesh is HERESY. Anyone practicing it is doomed to perdition, period.

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II PETER 2: 17-22

17  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean [5] escaped from them who live in error. 19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 20, 2018, 04:46:27 pm
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Max Blumenthal (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185037-16412296.gif) (born December 18, 1977) is an American author, journalist, and blogger. He is a senior writer for Alternet and formerly a writer for The Daily Beast, Al Akhbar, and Media Matters for America.He is the author of two books including Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009), which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013).

Blumenthal joined Lebanon's Al Akhbar in late 2011 primarily to write about Israel-Palestine issues and foreign-policy debates in Washington, noting, upon leaving in mid-2012 in protest of its coverage of the Syrian Civil War, that it "gave me more latitude than any paper in the United States to write about ... Israel and Palestine". He ended his association with Al Akhbar in June 2012, over what he viewed as the newspaper's pro-Assad editorial line during the Syrian Civil War that he said was spearheaded by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb.

Blumenthal contributes weekly articles to Alternet where he has been a senior writer since September 2014. He focuses on the deepening crisis in the Middle East and its role in shaping political dynamics and public opinion in the US, particularly the special relationship with Israel. He occasionally covers domestic issues such as corporate media consolidation, the influence of the Christian right and police brutality. His reporting from the Gaza strip in 2014 was developed into a book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.

Blumenthal's articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Independent Film Channel (IFC), Salon, The Real News, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications.


Republican Gomorrah (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png): Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009)

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Whether it was his revelation that Sarah Palin was "anointed" by a Kenyan priest famous for casting out witches, or his confronting Republican congressional leaders and John McCain's family at the GOP convention about the party's opposition to sex education (and hence, the rise in teen pregnancies like that of Palin's daughter), or his expose of the eccentric multimillionaire theocrat behind California's Prop 8 anti- gay marriage initiative, Blumenthal has become one of the most important and most constantly cited journalists on how fringe movements are becoming the Republican Party mainstream.

Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal and sordidness from the dark heart of the forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans-like John McCain-have to bow to if they have any hope of running for President. It shows that Sarah Palin was the logical choice of a party in the control of theocrats. But more that just an expose, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks.

Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics.

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Grace 👍rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

This book came highly recommended by Frank Schaeffer as in 'son of' Francis Schaeffer the father of the religious right.

As a person who has had to walk away from religion and church because of the hatred and bigotry that has surfaced since President Obama was elected I must say that this book only served to confirm many of the things that I saw were wrong with christian politics. Blumenthal delves into the Rusdoony/North dominion theology and how this has served as a catalyst to the religious right from legislation to burning and bombing abortion clinics and murdering abortion providers to the home school movement.

The one statistic that stood out was the fact that the STD and teen pregnancy rates are higher in areas that teach abstinence only sex education. Abstinence only education is the preferred method of the religious right wingers.

The book also covered in depth Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and his interference in the government and legislative processes since the Bush Administration.

This book is a must read for any Christian who votes on only the issues of abortion and gay marriage.

Read more: (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418200416.png)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6693566-republican-gomorrah

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 24, 2018, 07:43:13 pm
Toxic Christianity (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png): Conservative Evangelicals (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif)
 Unapologetic in Their Support for Trump

SNIPPET:

"Conservatives & Christians need to stop electing 'nice guys,'" Falwell 😈 tweeted on September 28. "They might make great Christian leaders, but the US needs street fighters like @realDonaldTrump 😈 at every level of government … & many Repub leaders are a bunch of wimps!"
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In this pre-Midterm election period, conservative evangelicals have opened the media floodgates. There was the early October theatrical release of a film titled "The Trump Prophecy," – made in cooperation with Falwell's Liberty University – which maintains that Trump's election was ordained by God.

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full article: (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418200416.png)

http://buzzflash.com/commentary/toxic-christianity-conservative-evangelicals-unapologetic-in-their-support-for-trump

Agelbert COMMENT: Niether Trump 🦀 nor all the PSEUDO-Christians like Pat Robertson 😈 , Falwell  👹, etc. et al will escape God's judgement for their despicable Blasphemy and Heresy.

These people are American FASCISTS! ‍ ☠️ 🚩

Fascism and Christianity are INCOMPATIBLE!

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 25, 2018, 10:25:46 pm
Oct 24, 2018 | 2,912 views | by Thom Hartmann Program

Over and over again, Donald Trump 😈 and the far right wing media ☠️ brought to you via the Koch Brothers 👹 and Rupert Murdoch 💵 🎩 🍌  🏴‍, tell their audience that the left is going to bring violence, while at the same time, creating an atmosphere where right wing gangs beat up protesters.

And now someone is sending suspicious packages and bombs to George Soros, Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. Could this attack be related to antisemitic calls for violence from right wing pundits and politicians? 

https://youtu.be/4N1RUcKDPg4

Oct 25, 2018 | 904 views | by Thom Hartmann Program


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Has nothing been learned from history? (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-210818163126-16781285.gif) Compare Trump and FDR and you decide. SUPPORT THE ...

https://youtu.be/p15GwVo4RSA

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 26, 2018, 04:01:25 pm
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Trump's Lies vs Your Brain - And what are "Alternative Facts" anyway?

https://youtu.be/UJA_Jbi6gE4

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Jan 24, 2017

Thom talks about truth, lies, "alternative facts" and all the ways Republicans use to deceive and mislead the public.
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 27, 2018, 08:51:53 pm
OCT 27, 2018

At Least 11 Dead in Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack 😱

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/multiple-casualties-after-shooting-near-pittsburgh-synagogue/


Donald Trump’s 👹 rally meltdown after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting is one of his lowest moments yet (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418201722.png) (http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/barfing-smiley-emoticon.gif)

Bill Palmer | 6:49 pm EDT October 27, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

America has been hit with three different terrorist attacks this week. In all three cases, the perpetrator was right in Donald Trump’s wheelhouse: far-right, racist, and deranged. Rather than take responsibility for any of it, Trump keeps ratcheting up his divisive and often violent rhetoric. Tonight he held yet another political rally, and this time he reached a new low while addressing today’s terrorist attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

As recently as yesterday, Donald Trump was standing in the White House and attacking “globalists” – which is century old antisemitic code for “Jews” – yet now that it suits him politically, he’s suddenly on the side of the Jews today. But during his rally, he wasn’t really siding with the Jews, so much as he was siding with the NRA. That’s right, Trump is now insisting that places like synagogues should arm themselves. Because if we’ve learned one thing about mass shootings, it’s that adding chaotic crossfire to the mix is the best way to make it turn out better.

Donald Trump then decided to use this shooting to start advocating for the death penalty. This stood out as odd, considering that the synagogue shooter Robert Bowers is white, and Trump has a history of only calling for the death penalty for black people. While the death penalty is certainly a Republican position, it’s weird and unseemly that he’s suddenly pushing for it now.

Unless we missed it, Donald Trump didn’t call for the Trump supporter in the Trump van to get the death penalty for trying to assassinate two former U.S. Presidents this week. Maybe Trump wants Robert Bowers to die because, while the two share the same far-right extremist views, Bowers dared to criticize Trump for not being enough of an extremist. And yes, Trump really is this petty.

Somewhere in there, Donald Trump decided that tonight would be a good time to dishonestly attack Elizabeth Warren over her Native American ancestry – even though she’s already taken a DNA test that proves she was telling the truth all along. Trump is simply deranged – and he’s every bit as deranged as the guy who shot up the synagogue today, the guy who tried to shoot up a black church this week, and the would-be assassin in the Trump van. The 25th Amendment was created for situations like this.

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 27, 2018, 11:42:04 pm
LDF Statement on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Sherrilyn A. Ifill, LDF contact@naacpldf.org via mail.salsalabs.net

October 27, 2018 9:04 PM (2 hours ago)

LDF. Defend. Educate. Empower.

LDF Statement on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

📢 Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), issued the following statement in response to reports of multiple casualties Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA:



"The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh has been victimized by the most terrible violence during Sabbath services. Our hearts go out to the entire congregation and community. We stand in solidarity with those in the Jewish faith as they mourn this unimaginable tragedy.

"This violent act of terror comes at a moment when the language of racism, anti-Semitism and dehumanizing rhetoric targeting political opponents has been promoted and condoned by elected leaders in our country, including President Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg). Just this week Democratic and progressive leaders around the country were victims of multiple attempted bombing attacks by a supporter of the President.

"We demand that our political leaders end their violent, racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and strongly condemn those who stoke and fan the flames of violence and division. There are real consequences for vulnerable people across our country. Provoking violence cannot be accepted as a political tactic. It is contrary to the principles of democracy and humanity, and it must stop today. We need real leaders in our country who are ready to stand up for equality, justice and peace.

"We cannot separate today's terrible act of violence at the Tree of Life synagogue from other acts of terrorism that have targeted Americans based on race, religion or ethnicity. We well remember the pain of Charleston in 2015 and the massacre at the Sikh temple in 2012. Just a few days ago an armed gunman tried to enter an African American church in Kentucky, just before killing two separate, innocent Black grandparents in a Kroger parking lot. These shootings continue a legacy of racist violence against Black people, Jewish people, immigrants, and other racial and religious minorities. The country's failure to acknowledge and confront that unbroken history and learn from it is literally killing our communities."  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-111018132401-16881856.gif) 

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 28, 2018, 12:46:55 pm
Anti-Defamation League director: Rise in anti-Semitism 'more than what one man does'

Source: The Hill

BY MEGAN KELLER - 10/28/18 09:58 AM EDT

The chief executive and director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jonathon Greenblatt, Sunday said that his organization will continue to call out rhetoric used by President Trump, but emphasized that the rise in anti-Semitism across the U.S. is the work of more than one man.

"I was encouraged that the president said something yesterday," Greenblatt told ABC's "This Week," regarding Trump's statements after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning that killed at least 11 people.

"But it isn't only what you say after a tragedy that matters, it's the environment that you create with your rhetoric," he said. "And at the ADL we have spoken out when candidate Trump 🦀 or President Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg) has invoked anti-Semitic memes or used the rhetoric favored by White supremacists. But it’s more than what one man does," Greenblatt added.

"Whether you’re an elected official meeting with Nazi sympathizers or bringing Holocaust deniers to the House of Representative or if you’re a candidate for office invoking wild anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish financiers like George Soros manipulating world events or if you’re a religious leader (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) referring to Jews as 'termites,' all of this is absolutely unacceptable."(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-111018132401-16881856.gif) 

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142188291

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/413519-director-of-adl-we-will-continue-to-call-out-trump-but-this-is
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 28, 2018, 01:30:35 pm
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Difference between Bush 😈 and Trump 👹 is a matter degree not kind

We and the world paid heavily for the vote stealing in Florida and the machinations by the Bushes which resulted in GW Bush 😈 and Dick Cheney 🦖 being installed in the White House by the 2000 Supreme Court decision-a partisan decision.


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GW also "normalized" Putin as a fellow Christian. ::)

Without that Bush family/ Republican election corruption I don't believe there would ever have been Candidate Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg) in 2016. Kavanaugh (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) has been a fixer for Bush.

George Herbert Walker Bush (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif)  nominated the unqualified Clarence Thomas (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) to the Supreme Court.

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https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142177268
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 28, 2018, 02:03:59 pm
October 28, 2018

The Poisoned right wing media environment

https://youtu.be/gI0cwUWtusI

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 28, 2018, 03:05:41 pm
The Real Synagogue Shooter?

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(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-210818163123-1664600.png)Taking aim at the America we love - one group, one right at a time until it's too late.


MrRumpy 1 

Community

Sunday October 28, 2018 · 2:40 PM EDT

Or The Real MAGA Bomber, Or Both?

Trump and the Republicans may not have actually pulled the trigger, or mailed the bombs, but they might as well have.

Make no mistake, Trump and the Republicans know EXACTLY what they are saying and doing.

Words have power. Words have consequences. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)

They act with malicious intent and impunity because they think that we don’t care.

Trump is a coward and would rather have someone else do his dirty work  — whether it’s a “lone wolf” or his accomplices in the Republican party, someone does the deed and Trump gets to feign shock, cry crocodile tears and read a speechwriter’s fake words of sympathy, all while keeping his tiny hands clean.

And the press eats it up. No questions asked.

Why isn’t there a single front page headline that reads: TRUMP ATTENDS SELF-SERVING RALLY INSTEAD OF RUSHING TO PITTSBURGH TO COMFORT GRIEVING FAMILIES  —

Or — TRUMP BLAMES VICTIMS AND CALLS FOR ARMING SYNAGOGUE GOERS IN TONE-DEAF RESPONSE TO SHOOTINGS

They all have blood on their hands. EVERY. LAST. ONE OF THEM.

Jews, Mexicans, African Americans, Muslims, Immigrants, Women, the LGBT Community, Healthcare, the Free Press, the Constitution, Democracy, itself — Is there anything that Trump and the Republicans don’t hate?

Oh yeah, there’s money and power — the only things they love and are more than happy and willing to sell their souls for.

As long as Trump and the Republicans continue to spew lies, hatred, what-about-isms and both sides bullshit and as long as the MSM continues to be complicit and pretend to not be the corporate lapdogs that they are — choosing to profit from tragedy that sells rather than speak truth to power and demand accountability and justice — we should continue to expect lies, hatred and tragedy.

STOCHASTIC TERRORISM — I’ve seen this term being used a lot lately and I thought it would be helpful to publish a definition for those of us who kind of, sort of know what it means. I found this one online at WIKTIONARY:

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1. stochastic terrorism (uncountable) NOUN

The use of mass, public communication, usually against a particular individual or group, which incites or inspires acts of terrorism which are statistically probable but happen seemingly at random.

2. 2017, Clayton Delery,  Out for Queer Blood:

All of this fits with what the anonymous blogger G2G had to say in his expanded definition of stochastic terrorism: “you heat up the waters and stir the pot, knowing full well that sooner or later a lone wolf will pop up and do the deed. The fact that it will happen is as predictable as the fact that a heated pot of water will eventually boil. But the exact time and place of each incident will remain as random as the appearance of the first bubbles in the boiling pot."

Trump may be a coward, but he is still a terrorist (and a traitor, too, but that’s another story) and he leads a willing terrorist organization — the Republican Party.


DO YOU CARE ENOUGH TO REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER?

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/28/1807901/-The-Real-Synagogue-Shooter?utm_campaign=recent

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 28, 2018, 04:55:45 pm
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Wow, this is on Forbes.com💵 🎩?  :o 👍 "How Trump's Psychology Of Hate Unleashed The MAGABomber"

StevenJoseph 

Community

Saturday October 27, 2018 · 3:33 PM EDT

Those of us on the Left who have been paying close attention have realized how President Donald Trump's hateful words and encouragement of violence could incite violence not just at his rallies but across the nation.  The horrible violence by the Nazis and White Nationalists in Charlottesville showed us what the logical outcome of racists emboldened by Trump’s words and deeds would be.  Now, apparently, writers at even more traditionally Conservative places like Forbes.com realize it too:

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President Trump has, intentionally or not, hit a trifecta of hate that foments terrorism, in this case domestic terrorism. At rallies and speeches his incendiary eloquence identifies opponents as enemies then motivates hatred and sanctions violence against them. Facts no longer matter. Nor do values shared with those he sees as horrible, terrible people. What matters is that it’s us versus them. And we can’t let them win. Never apologize, never back down.

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The article, by psychologist and psychoanalyst Todd Essig, does a good job of summing up what effect Trump has on his base.  After more than 20 years in practice, Essig can recognize psychological manipulation when he sees it.  Essig identifies the three steps that Trump invokes that create the violence:

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1. Identifying a group as the enemy

2. Teaching people to hate the enemy

3.  Sanctioning Violence

This is the Trump recipe that leads to violence.  This is also the same recipe that was used by the German Nazis against Jewish people.  Essig points out that, whereas most leaders stop before they ever get to step 3, Trump does not, and this makes a big difference.  From sanctioning the body slamming of reporters to encouraging rally attendees to punch protesters, President Donald Trump has made obvious his approval of people raining violence down on people whom he considers the enemy.  I encourage you to read the article. It is only nine paragraphs long.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/27/1807711/-Wow-this-is-on-Forbes-com-How-Trump-s-Psychology-Of-Hate-Unleashed-The-MAGABomber

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 30, 2018, 01:25:32 pm
Trump Shut Programs to Counter Violent Extremism (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/trump-shut-countering-violent-extremism-program/574237/)
The administration has hobbled the infrastructure designed to prevent atrocities like Pittsburgh.


SNIPPET:

When Trump supporters insist that he’s a steadfast foe of white supremacy, his critics often cite his history of ambivalent responses—or nonresponses—to anti-Semitism. But Trump’s words aren’t anomalous; he’s put his money where his mouth is.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

PETER BEINART is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York.

Of course. Trump is a Stochastic Terrorist. He WANTS WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORISM. He STOKES HATE for the "other" 24/7. Anyone claiming otherwise is, like all those on the list you posted

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AND Ilargi and Kunstler, etc. et al  (and some who post on this forum), a bigoted, racist, enabler of hate. 

October 29, 2018/42 Comments/in 2018 Mid-Term Election, Terrorism /by emptywheel

SNIPPET:

Trump’s effort to brand a group of refugees 1,000 miles from the border as a more urgent threat to the country than corruption or climate change or domestic gun violence — an effort which likely had a tie to both Cesar Sayoc’s terrorist attempt and Robert Bowers’ mass killing — is more of the same, an effort to claim that the most critical threats are foreign and anything he deems a threat is therefore un-American, also foreign.

Ultimately, the reason why the government won’t call last week’s attacks terrorism, however, is precisely the reason they should. Call them terror attacks, and the networks of support and enablers get investigated rather than just isolated men treated as lone wolves. Call them terror attacks, and we start to ask what responsibility Lou Dobbs or Steve King or Chris Farrell (or the people who vote for and fund them) — or Donald Trump — have for the attacks, in the same way we held Anwar al-Awlaki responsible for his role in the terrorist attacks that Scott Brown exploited to get elected.

Byman describes correctly how contentious this can be, because those espousing the same policies as terrorists don’t want to be associated with those terrorist acts.

[D]omestic terrorism often has a bigger political impact than jihadi violence. A foreign-based attack brings America together in the face of tragedy. But right-wing (and left-wing) violence is more likely to divide the country. Just this week, for example, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc reportedly sent explosive packages to CNN, Democratic politicians, and others seen as “enemies” of Trump. Some right-wing voices immediately embraced conspiracy theories rather than recognizing his activities for what it was. Domestic terrorists poke at bigger political wounds than do jihadis, with at least some Americans sympathizing with their cause even as they reject their violent means.

In turn, observers often avoid the word “terrorism” because peaceful proponents of right-wing and left-wing causes don’t want to be lumped together, even by weak association, with terrorists. We can and should recognize that most political groups of all stripes abhor violence. Doing so—while also acknowledging that the groups and individuals who don’t belong in a separate category—will better enable the United States to isolate extremists and cut them off before the next tragedy.

Which is why this post bears the headline, “Trump refuses (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg) to keep this country safe from terrorism” rather than Trump fosters terrorism, even if I believe the latter to be the case.

Because until the time those willing to coddle Trump’s racism in the name of tribal loyalty are defeated politically, they will want to pitch questions about what to label Cesar Sayoc and Robert Bowers’ actions as an attack on themselves.

Full article:


TRUMP  REFUSES TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE FROM TERRORISM
(https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/10/29/trump-refuses-to-keep-this-country-safe-from-terrorism/)

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 30, 2018, 02:27:51 pm
My hometown football, team, the Steelers, have remade their logo in the wake of the shootings Saturday, with the Star of David substituting for the team's yellow star-like design. It's paired with the phrase "Stronger than Hate."
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👍

Jews first mourn their dead.

Then, they methodically put aside any thoughts of anger in order to carefully and logically plan an appropriate response to a barbarian 🦀 stoking hate and terrorsim at their gate.

IOW, they deliberately do not get mad; they get a LOT MORE than "even". The Antinomian Heretics of Christianity (e.g. Falwell, Graham, megachurch greedballs, etc. et al) and other assorted bigots and white supremacist capitalists that support Trump better pray that their god Lucifer (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) will provide a miracle to keep Trump 🦀 in office from now on. He 🦀 will not remain in office without one.

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 31, 2018, 02:56:52 pm
Thom Hartmann mentioned something important about the Goebbels advice to Hitler the other day. He said the Big Lie thing was actually secondary to the sine qua non activity that Hitler HAD TO engage in to consolidate, and remain, in power. THAT was to CONSTANTLY keep the people off balance with frequent (i.e DAILY, if possible) gossip. blatant outrageous remarks or whatever. This mens rea methodolgy is (though Goebbels probably didn't know the term "cognitive dissonance") prevents the public or the media from questioning power grabs by the Dictator. IOW it results in a paralyzed public. Thom made it clear that Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg) is following this Cognitive Dissonance producing playbook to the letter.

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The USA is the world's largest and longest surviving Pyramid Sales Corporation.


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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 31, 2018, 05:55:37 pm
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Jordan Peterson is BOUGHT AND PAID FOR by the Koch Brothers

Who is Jordan Peterson 😈, the ‘alt-right’ darling of YouTube?

Brenden Gallagher— Apr 30 at 2:00AM | Last updated Apr 30 at 8:45AM

SNIPPET:

If you hang around intellectuals or academics long enough, one of them will make the joke that they wish they were conservative (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205808.gif) because there is a lot more money in it. Jordan Peterson (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205137.gif) is living proof of that.

The Koch Brothers and the Heritage Foundation are eager to fund and promote the brightest minds conservatism has to offer. They intend to use the free market language of the right, there is a high demand for “intellectuals” who will defend conservative ideas, but there is a very low supply.

So if you’re wondering how 55-year-old Canadian psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson became an overnight sensation, going from obscure academic to international bestseller lauded in the New York Times 👹 as “most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now,” (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-191017140758.jpeg) you don’t have to look much further than that old academic joke.

Jordan Peterson is famous because in the era of the resurgent alt-right, the loose collection of conservatives that align with white supremacists, there are few intellectuals willing to align themselves with the movement. The alt-right is in need of intellectuals to justify their fascist worldview, and Peterson has been ready.

Full article:

https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/jordan-peterson/ (https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/jordan-peterson/)

Agelbert NOTE: I repeat, Jordan Peterson is a stalking horse for FASCISM. He  enthusiastically supports the Koch Brothers push to get Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/780_9adc777a0e08428257b76ece69d18ee52006bb5e39d60d966bb2440d29d17641.jpeg) and his wreckng crew (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif) to eliminate Social Security and Medicare.

Ashvin, like Jordan Peterson, is also a Fascist Enabler, as well as a serial liar.


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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 31, 2018, 08:30:52 pm
The Pittsburgh Massacre and Growing Fascism

October 29, 2018

TRNN’s Paul Jay joins Ben Norton for a Q&A on the Pittsburgh Massacre

https://youtu.be/UnVt6u4FH4Y

https://therealnews.com/stories/the-pittsburgh-massacre-and-growing-fascism
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 31, 2018, 08:39:24 pm
Trump's (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg) Love Affair With Violence in the Age of Fascist Nihilism

BY Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

PUBLISHED October 31, 2018

The ghosts of a fascist past have erupted into a new American nightmare as violence becomes the new normal under Trump. This administration has created a social order and political movement that views violence as a tool for social and racial cleansing and is pouring fuel on a fire that produces endless assaults on those considered vulnerable, disposable and worthy of extermination.

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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-love-affair-with-violence-in-the-age-of-fascist-nihilism/
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 31, 2018, 10:54:52 pm
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OCT 30, 2018

Thom Hartmann: Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg) and Fox News 😈 Have Blood on Their Hands

It’s already started. They’re messaging, texting, tweeting, and even calling into my radio/TV show. Breitbart (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205808.gif) is even bragging that they got it on CNN.

“This killing in Pittsburgh has nothing to do with Donald Trump. He’s not an anti-Semite; his daughter converted to Judaism and his grandkids are Jews! How can you blame him for the ‘mentally ill’ guy [a phrase used to describe terrorists only when they’re white]?”

But the shooter, by his own words—words that are almost entirely missing from most TV coverage—acted because of what both Trump and Newt Gingrich have said was the main election-year message of Trump and the entire Republican Party: Immigration by people of color.

As the terrorist himself posted on social media just a few hours before he walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh with an AR-15, he was going to kill members of a congregation that supported the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).

HIAS (whose slogan is “Welcome the stranger; Protect the refugee”) had designated October 19 and 20 of this year as the “National Refugee Shabbat”—and when they did so, the terrorist posted on a right-wing social media site, “Why hello there HIAS! You like to bring in hostile invaders to dwell among us? We appreciate the list of friends you have provided.”

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HIAS was founded in New York in 1881 to help resettle Jewish refugees, but in recent years has moved many of its efforts toward other refugees, including people from Africa, the Americas, and people who practice Islam. As HIAS’s president, Mark Hetfield, told the New York Times, “We used to welcome refugees because they were Jewish. Today HIAS welcomes refugees because we are Jewish.” 👍

Dark skin and “Muslim” are triggers for bigots like the cowardly terrorist and his buddies on social media. In another post, presumably referencing HIAS, he wrote, “Open you [sic] Eyes! It’s the filthy evil jews [sic] Bringing the Filthy evil Muslims into the Country!!”

HIAS used to have a link on its website to the 270 congregations in 32 states that were participating in the work to bring refugees into the United States (and elsewhere), although that link now just points back to their homepage (perhaps because the event is over, or maybe because of the terrorist’s threat).

Noting the terrorist’s pointing out that link to the congregations, which included Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, the Times of Israel reported, “To mark the organization’s personal involvement, at the back of the hall, information on volunteer opportunities in the refugee and immigration committees of participating synagogues and HIAS materials were available for attendees to take home, including a bookmark with the words ‘My People Were Refugees Too.’”

Apparently this festered with the terrorist, because just a few hours before he walked past those brochures and started murdering people at Tree of Life, he posted to a right-wing social media site, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

And in he went, guns blazing.

So, Trump and Gingrich and Fox are giving all-day, all-the-time coverage to a ragtag band of Central American refugees, mostly women and children, who are traveling together on foot for their own mutual safety, lying that there are Arab terrorists and evil gang members among them. This white American terrorist gets increasingly agitated by it all, freaked out that more people of color (or even Muslims!) might be coming to our border to legally apply to asylum, and decides it’s time to take out one of the groups associated with HIAS, who is helping refugees.

It’s a straight line—through Fox and right-wing hate radio—from Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants to the terrorist himself.

Certainly this terrorist had a history of hating Jews; he had repeatedly posted on one of his snowflake “safe places” for haters, “Kill all the Jews!” and “There is no MAGA as long as there is a kike infestation.”

But this wasn’t entirely an anti-Semitic attack, by the attacker’s own words.

A few days after another white terrorist (“history of mental illness,” said the media) with Trump and Fox graphics and slogans all over his van attempted the largest political assassination in U.S. history, we now have the single most lethal attack on Jews in this country’s history—in part because their synagogue supported helping immigrants coming into America.

And all of it being amped up, day after day, over and over again, by Trump.

This aspect of xenophobic immigrant-hating, along with the insanity of the U.S. allowing AR-15s and other weapons of war on our streets, must be discussed along with the horrors of anti-Semitism.

This is all one package brought to us by Trump, and it’s beginning to eerily resemble a previous insecure man with little hands, a single testicle, and a big mouth in the 1930s who warned his people about both immigrants and Jews.

We all know how well that turned out for Germany and the world.

This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/thom-hartmann-trump-and-fox-news-have-blood-on-their-hands/
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on October 31, 2018, 11:14:05 pm
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https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/31/1808796/-Cartoon-Who-could-have-possibly-inspired-this-terrorism
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on November 01, 2018, 07:27:24 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Reposted from the Doomstead Diner

Peterson's grant wasn't denied because of political reasons;

Sorry, but I don't see any evidence that this is true. You don't even know the identities of the people who made the decision, unless you know them personally. It isn't public knowledge, to the best of my ability to investigate.

To assume that it  isn't political, just because "Julia Gualtieri — a spokesman for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada "  said so, is extremely naive and makes me think you don't know too much about academic bureaucracies. I'd like to see your proof. I know you're busy right now.

You might notice, I'm just demanding proof. I think you're wrong, but I'm prepared to eat some crow if you're right. Let's get to the truth.

I think the burden is on you and AG anybody else who wants to make this case on Peterson.  You are making claims that I think are misplaced. I want some evidence. Good evidence. So far that is not forthcoming from either of you.


I don't know any of the involved personally.  These grants are generally paneled. The panelists rated them poorly.

Peterson, with an axe to grind, says it was "political." Of course he did.

And the great swarm of Peterson fanbois rush in to nod furiously in bobbleheaded enthusiasm. Bottom line: the U said it wasn't political, Peterson says it was. And then the nazis held a bake sale to fund him.

Another case of "he said, she said." As I recall last time we had one of these you came down hard for the accused.

I was hoping not to get sucked into this Peterson bullshit, and to have to do a careful vivisection of his body of work, because frankly, I have a life. And I prefer to not drink from sewers. But for some reason I ascribe to weakness, RE has given Ashvin the run of the place to add nothing, contribute nothing but to make a case for his new Messiah. I'll take that s h i t up with RE when he's up to it, and I'll deal with Peterson's oeuvre when I have more time. Which i don't now.

Peterson is a Youtube star with a distinct following amount the angy, young, white, and otherwise without agency crowd. Very big with the incels, so they tell me.

Whenever someone's critique starts with, "radical left," that is a tell and they have given the game away. There is no radical left in this country except from the viewpoiint of the far edge of the reactionary right. Thus does a vile insect like Ashvin class anyone as "ideologue" anyone who does not sup uncritically at the table of Petersonism.

Peterson asserts that postmodern philosophers and sociologists since the 1960s[ have insinuated core tenets of Marxism and communism into academe. which is what you say when things aren't going your way and you can't get what you want.He echoes Kunstler's bleats of "cultural Maoists," which so thrill the Ayn Rand company sucks still hiding in the corners around here, but which offend people able to observe the world as it is and think. He says academe was infected with an influence of postmodernism thought that migrated from France to the US via Jacques Derrida and others. We also know how the French f u c k up everything. Order up some freedom fries with your pitcher of Blue Ribbon.

As a YouTube star, he offers up plenty for his fanbois to chew on. Conservative views on religion, trans issues, and on feminism. From what I have seen, much of what he says is incoherent and ambiguous. So his acolytes dismiss any criticism as mere misrepresentations of his views. See, if you don't agree, then clearly you don't understand. Or are an unmitigated ideologue.

The same f u c k i n g technique of manipulation we've seen in evidence here. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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I will add one bit of advice that I will now take in regard to those, like Eddie and Ashvin, who have shown their true colors (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185039-1654984.gif)(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185039-16531848.gif) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-210818163124-16672489.gif) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185039-1650578.gif)(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-210818163126-16781285.gif) with some rather stomach turning insults directed at me. (http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/barfing-smiley-emoticon.gif)

Surly, you will recall the PM discourse I had with you some months back. You will recall my feelings about the base vulgarity of the discourse here on threads I was not even posting on, that had nothing to do with me or my POV.

I came back here now because I knew the Right Wing Propagandists were going to make a push here to help the Republican FASCISTS stay in power so that the full Fascist Trump "Paradise" can be ushered in. I came just to counter them as best I could. I knew it would get hot and heavy very quickly. These fuckers are hell bent (AND hellbound too!) to destroy this country long before Climate Change does. THAT has a LOT to do with why you see them so angry and so much in an arrogant huff about one of their pet High IQ "credentialed" Apologists.

They get the fact that Social Security and Medicare ELIMINATION, a stated Republican goal, is something they have to counter with lots of LIES and arm waving, doing everything they can to discredit anyone who has the temerity to call BULLSHIT on their claims that Trump et al and bought and paid assholes like Jordan Peterson aren't part of that empathy deficit disordered EVIL. They are all full of mendacious, puke inspired malice and aforethought S H I T. They cannot do anything but wallow in, defend and celebrate, their Right Wing Authoritarian, money loving, money chasing modus vivendi, no matter how damaging to the country AND/OR to the environment. They do not have the remotest idea of what logic and comon sense is. They cannot see beyond their bank accounts. These people are wells without water. They cannot be reasoned with.

So, I will now take Gillum's advice when Trumo called him a liar. 

Gillum posted: “I heard @realDonaldTrump ran home to @FoxNews to lie about me. But as my grandmother told me—never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.”


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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on November 11, 2018, 03:58:43 pm
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https://books.google.com/books?id=KLmyw-p7IwUC&dq=friendly+fascism

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Bertram Gross (1912-1997) in "Friendly Fascism: The New Face of American Power (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertram_Myron_Gross) warned us that fascism always has two looks.

One is paternal, benevolent, entertaining and kind.

The other is embodied in the executioner’s sadistic leer. Janus-like, fascism seeks to present itself to a captive public as a force for good and moral renewal. It promises protection against enemies real and invented.

But denounce its ideology, challenge its power, demand freedom from fascism’s iron grip, and you are mercilessly crushed. Gross knew that if the United States’ form of fascism, expressed through corporate tyranny, was able to effectively mask its true intentions behind its “friendly” face we would be stripped of power, shorn of our most cherished rights and impoverished. He has been proved correct. --- Chris Hedges

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on December 10, 2018, 07:27:35 pm
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DEC 10, 2018 OPINION | TD ORIGINALS

The Heresy of White Christianity

By Chris Hedges

SNIPPET1:

There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone.

Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the impoverished son of a woodcutter who had only a sixth-grade education. With an almost superhuman will, Cone clawed his way up from the Arkansas cotton fields to implode theological studies in the United States with his withering critique of the white supremacy and racism inherent within the white, liberal Christian church. His brilliance—he was a Greek scholar and wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Swiss theologian Karl Barth—enabled him to “turn the white man’s theology against him and make it speak for the liberation of black people.” God’s revelation in America, he understood, “was found among poor black people.” Privileged white Christianity and its theology were “heresy.” He was, until the end of his life, possessed by what the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr called “sublime madness.” His insights, he writes, “came to me as if revealed by the spirits of my ancestors long dead but now coming alive to haunt and torment the descendants of the whites who had killed them.”

“When it became clear to me that Jesus was not biologically white and that white scholars actually lied by not telling people who he really was, I stopped trusting anything they said,” he writes in his posthumous memoir, “Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody: The Making of a Black Theologian,” published in October.

“White supremacy is America’s original sin and liberation is the Bible’s central message,” he writes in his book. “Any theology in America that fails to engage white supremacy and God’s liberation of black people from that evil is not Christian theology but a theology of the Antichrist.”

White supremacy “is the Antichrist in America because it has killed and crippled tens of millions of black bodies and minds in the modern world,” he writes. “It has also committed genocide against the indigenous people of this land. If that isn’t demonic, I don’t know what is … [and]i it is found in every aspect of American life, especially churches, seminaries, and theology.”


SNIPPET2:

There will come difficult moments in our own lives, moments when we are faced with an impulse, driven by fear or self-interest or simple expediency, to turn away at the sight of suffering and injustice. We will hear the cries of the oppressed and want to shut them out. We will count the cost to our careers, our reputations and perhaps our security, for to truly stand with the oppressed is to be treated like the oppressed. But a force greater than our own will compel us to kneel down and pick up the cross. The weight will cut into our shoulders. Our step will slow. Our breathing will become labored. We will be condemned by the powerful and ignored or reviled by the indifferent. But we will demand justice. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)

Full article:  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-210818163127-1680962.png)

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-heresy-of-white-christianity/
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on February 28, 2019, 08:18:59 pm
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Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won’t Leave Peacefully in 2020

February 27, 2019

Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning – Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay

https://youtu.be/eY7fEDpgO9o

Story Transcript

PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay.

Well, Michael Cohen finally made his long-awaited appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. And while there’s a ton to dig into in terms of his accusations against Donald Trump, who–I guess everyone has heard by now–he said he is a racist, a conman, and a cheat. But perhaps the most explosive thing that Cohen said came at the very end, when he said about a man, Trump, that he’s worked with for over 10 years, in a statement that was vetted by his lawyers, he said–at some point he was asked about that. He says that if Donald Trump loses the election in 2020–Well, here’s what he said.

MICHAEL COHEN: Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will not be a peaceful transition of power.

PAUL JAY: That’s essentially saying that if he loses the election there will be a coup. There will be another declaration of national emergency. I’ve been saying on The Real News for quite some time that I’m very concerned with the agenda of this administration to go after Iran, especially in the midst of all this domestic chaos; of the possibilities of some kind of staged attack on the United States in some way or another to help justify some kind of aggression against Iran. He’s surrounded by John Bolton and Pompeo and people like that who don’t seem to believe that, certainly, international law matters. And one wonders whether they think American law matters.

So we’re going to start with that statement that Trump may not give up power if he loses the election. And then we’re going to dig into more of what was said during the hearings. So now joining us to discuss Cohen’s testimony and such, first of all, is Dr. Henry Giroux. Henry teaches at the McMaster University, where he’s the Chair of Scholarship and Public Interest in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. Also joining us is Jacqueline Luqman. She’s the editor-in-chief of Luqman Nation, and often hosts on The Real News Network. And Carmen Russell-Sluchansky. He’s a journalist based in Washington, D.C., who’s appeared–his work has appeared on NBC, PBS, ABC, BBC, and such. Thanks for joining us.

HENRY GIROUX: It’s a pleasure.

CARMEN RUSSELL-SLUCHANSKY: Thanks for having me.

PAUL JAY: So, Jacqueline, let me start with you. When you heard those words, what goes through your mind?

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: Actually, that’s not the first time I’ve heard that, in regard to this administration. I can’t remember who else said something like that. I can’t remember if it was Trump tweeted something like that, or a member of his cabinet, probably his son-in-law, who said something like that, that Trump supporters would not go away peacefully if Trump did not win the next election. And when you look at the kind of people who are aligned with Trump, who he’s aligned himself with, like you said, Paul, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo; Elliott Abrams and Steve Bannon. People think Steve Bannon went away, and he’s not involved in the administration anymore just because he’s not in the White House. That’s–that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s not a surprise and it’s not shocking that this is a possibility. And I actually think it’s a reality. And these are not peaceful people. They didn’t rise to the White House using peaceful and fair tactics. And I don’t put it past them that they would resort to actual violence to keep it.

PAUL JAY: So, Henry, what do you think? What has Cohen got in mind? As I say, this is a guy who knows Trump for years, and his lawyers vetted the statements.

HENRY GIROUX: I think that what we’re hearing here and what we need to be concerned with is the fact that Trump is, in a sense, working right out of the playbook of a kind of updated fascist politics. I mean, his language is about the language of brutality, it’s the language of violence, language of fear. And he’s been doing this for a long time. Even before the election, I mean, there was some talk on the part of Trump and others about how he wasn’t sure what exactly was going to happen if she actually won the election. So I think that if you understand that comment as a way of both baiting his base, and at the same time making it clear that this is a guy who really trades in the notion of lawlessness and the notion of violence. And it’s very serious, and I think you need to take it seriously.

PAUL JAY: Carmen?

CARMEN RUSSELL-SLUCHANSKY: Yeah, I’ll follow up on what both of them said. I mean, we’ve been hearing these concerns since the election in 2016. I mean, maybe you remember, like, a lot of people were very concerned about what would happen if Hillary Clinton had, you know, if he had won the popular vote and Hillary Clinton had won the Electoral College. It ended up being different. But you know, people were really concerned. But then we found out that, first of all, Donald Trump didn’t expect to win the election, probably, or maybe, and that he was planning on starting this thing called Trump TV. Would he himself be out there starting a revolution? Probably not. I think he’s too lazy for that. But he would certainly be riling up supporters to think that 2020 was stolen, just as he did in 2016. And that’s–I mean, I think all the evidence points to that, for sure.

PAUL JAY: I mean, one of the things that Cohen said today is that Trump never expected to win. This was all a marketing ploy to build up the Trump brand. As he started get moving–once he wins the nomination, takes on Pence, which gives him a deal with the Koch brothers, who in the beginning wanted nothing to do with him. But Pence is a Koch brother guy, and now he’s got Pompeo, which is a completely Koch brother creation. But once he becomes president, he becomes a vehicle for so many different political forces. Evangelicals see him as a vessel. The neocons now see him as a vessel. And everything feeds into his megalomania. And so it is a convergence of this guy’s personal, as I say, megalomania, and some much more sophisticated political interests, in the context of a very degenerating, overall, political system, so that–you know, this corruption of Trump is just a tip of the iceberg of pervasive systemic corruption throughout the whole system. Henry.

HENRY GIROUX: Oh, absolutely. I mean, I think that comment is right on target. I mean, I think that–you know, some of the stuff that we’re hearing today is not uninteresting, but as a number of people have pointed out, as I think Carmen pointed out, I mean, this is well known. So I think the real question here is how do you understand this corruption as something that’s so endemic to the politics that we find in the United States, that Trump is simply symbolic of it? And while Trump’s corruption is unadulterated and unapologetic, at the same time you really have to look at the larger systemic issues at work here. The convergence of money and politics, a neocapitalist system that absolutely, in a way, commodifies everything the only value that matters are exchange values, the notion that social responsibility is a burden rather than something that actually is endemic to a democracy.

The fact that this guy endlessly–if you really want to talk about corruption, I mean, this guy is basically endangering the planet. He’s changing the lives of young people with the rollbacks that he’s done with respect to environmental rules, with worker protection rules. That’s where the corruption really lies. I mean, let’s talk about the toll that’s taking place in terms of both democracy and the toll it’s taking place in terms of the planet; the toll that’s taking place in terms of human life. That’s real corruption, because it’s death-dealing.

PAUL JAY: Jacqueline?

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: I cannot disagree with anything that was said. I remember during the campaign, at one of Trump’s rallies where he’s speaking in front of a group of people, and there’s some protesters there, most of whom were black people. And he said to the crowd “You know, back in the day we would have them taken out on a stretcher.” People were shocked that the crowd actually cheered. But a lot of us were not, because we understood that Trump is really good at tapping into the most base instincts of the worst kind of people. He knows how to read it all, and he knows how to say what they want to hear to get him riled up. And he is the kind of person who wasn’t politically savvy, like you all said, wasn’t expected to win. Didn’t even expect to win himself. But he was the perfect front man to provide the popular frenzy, to whip up this popular frenzy among the group of people that this very sophisticated cabal needed to produce the outcome we’re seeing right now.

So this is a much bigger issue than Trump being corrupt, or mean, or racist. Those are bad things, but this is about a larger system that he’s just the front man of that’s been brewing for a long time.

PAUL JAY: And I think it’s something specific about the overtness of the Republican Party and Trump, and the GOP has really degenerated. Any voices–certainly in the Republican primary there were many who were very critical of Trump, but the elected, both in the House and the Senate, Republican Party has actually realized that this overt, naked, reactionary, fascistic message works for enough people to get elected. And without reservation, now. And we saw this in the Kavanaugh hearings. When Kavanaugh was was being grilled I came away saying “Wow, this guy’s toast.” And then I look at the polling the next day, and the Republicans actually did very well in the polling. People thought they were being insulting to Kavanaugh. And now they’re doing the same thing. They’ve learnt that the character assassination of Cohen, regardless of anything else that’s said, will play with enough people here. Here’s a sample of that character assassination of Cohen.

JIM JORDAN: Here’s the point. The Chairman just gave you a 30 minute opening statement, and you have a history of lying over, and over, and over again. And frankly, don’t take my word for it. Take what the court said. Take what the Southern District of New York said. Cohen did crimes that were marked by a pattern of deception and that permeated his professional life. These crimes were distinct in their harms, but bear a common set of circumstances. They involved deception and were each–each–motivated by personal greed and ambition. A pattern of deception for personal greed and ambition. And you just got 30 minutes of an opening statement where you trash the President of the United States of America. Mr. Cohen, how long did–how long did you work for Donald Trump?

MICHAEL COHEN: Approximately a decade.

JIM JORDAN: Ten years?

MICHAEL COHEN: That’s correct.

JIM JORDAN: And you said all these bad things about the President there in that last 30 minutes. And yet you worked for him for 10 years.

So, Carmen, it’s an interesting thing. On the one hand, if the guy is so horrible, Cohen, why wouldn’t he have worked for the guy for 10 years? I mean, you can’t be horrible–and the other. But but the main implication throughout this testimony is that Cohen wants a book deal, he wants a movie deal, and he wants a lighter sentence, so he’ll say anything. What did you think of that? Is there truth to that?

CARMEN RUSSELL-SLUCHANSKY: Reasoning coming from Republicans, many of whom who, you know, disavowed Trump early on, but then figured out, like you were talking about, it’s like he’s their guy because they’re getting what they wanted. They can, you know, grab–you know, it’s a smash and grab job while he’s there. So they’re enjoying it while it lasts. I mean, to think that’s like–well, why are you working with Trump when he’s such a bad guy, when they’re doing the same thing. I mean, the names that they’ve called him. So I mean, that’s hypocritical to begin with.

But secondly, I mean, this is a guy, like–they talked about how, they’re asking him, it was like, “Well, you lied to Congress before. Why can we trust you now?” It’s because he lied to Congress, was caught, was indicted, and now has investigators watching everything he says. We can actually feel pretty confident that he’s not lying now. You know, he doesn’t want–I mean, there could be a new indictment for lying to Congress again. It would definitely lose any possibility of reducing his sentence, and that kind of thing. So I mean, I think we can take it–we can take a lot of what he said today at face value, for sure.

PAUL JAY: Yeah, I thought there was an interesting point, this is Clip 5, where he says to the Republicans, you know, you’re accusing me of having protected him, and now I’m not. And and here’s, here’s what Cohen says to them.

MICHAEL COHEN: It’s that sort of behavior that I’m responsible for. I’m responsible for your silliness, because I did the same thing that you’re doing now for 10 years. I protected Mr. Trump for 10 years.

PAUL JAY: I thought that was a rather poignant moment, because that is what almost the entire, or at least elected representatives of the Republican Party are doing. They know very well that Cohen’s accusations on the whole are true. The fraud with the Deutsche Bank where he falsifies his bank records. They know that they probably have–I was watching Fox, and the judge whose last name I always screw up–Napolitano. To the chagrin of the Fox host, Napolitano says they may have Trump on two critical issues: the campaign finance violations where the payment to Stormy Daniels is made under clearly Trump’s direction, because even Giuliani has acknowledged that this was done; and two, the bank fraud, lying about his financial statements to Deutsche Bank. And these are both being investigated by the prosecutor’s office in the Southern District of New York, which cannot be stopped even if the Mueller investigation is closed down or doesn’t go public. And there are some rumors today that they may not even release the Muller investigation.

So the Republicans know that this stuff is there. And I was a little surprised, I guess, that only one Republican of the whole place, I think a guy from Michigan, tried to distance himself a little bit from all of this scandal. The others are just all in that you have to defend Trump at all costs, or you’ll lose–or Trump’s machine will primary you. And you’ll lose your position. Henry.

HENRY GIROUX: The other side of this is that the kind of criticisms that are being made of Cohen, about his character and whether he’s lying, I mean, if you look at this within the larger context, this is the same argument that Trump uses. And that is that loyalty becomes code for absolutely covering up the most corrupt political economic and social practices that exist. It’s sort of like being in the mafia. You know, I mean, what’s the crime here? The crime here, that he’s worked for somebody, and actually now has begun to tell the truth about what happened, and they’re claiming that somehow because he worked for him he should have been loyal and he couldn’t possibly tell the truth.

I mean I think the other side of this, again, is this is something that needs to be addressed, and that is the degree to which there is a certain element of which the political collapses into the personal. You know, we don’t talk about larger systemic issues, we talk about character. I mean, we don’t talk about whether or not Trump is actually corrupt. We talk about whether or not Cohen’s character is somehow at risk because he worked for this guy for so long. I mean, it’s a politics of deflection, and it’s a politics that, in a sense, so narrows the purview of what’s being said that it becomes impossible to separate the personal from the political; that being that there are larger issues at work of which Cohen, in some way, is being quite truthful, because I think, as Carmen just said, he has nothing to lose.

PAUL JAY: Yeah. I mean, I thought the Republican grilling of Cohen was so contradictory because part of what emerges is yes, Cohen’s a very corrupt character. And his use, “I made mistakes.” Mistakes. These aren’t mistakes. This is sinking into the depths of corruption. But that’s why Trump hired him, because he had a guy who was so willing to sink in the depths of corruption.

HENRY GIROUX: But unlike the Republicans–I mean, this is a party which is so extremist–I mean, it’s been turned over to extremists. I mean, when you talk about the Republicans, you know, you couldn’t believe that they’re putting up with this. These are Vichy Republicans. I mean, this is the most extremist Republican Party we have seen since the Civil War.

PAUL JAY: And for younger people, what you mean by Vichy Republicans, you’re talking about the sections of the French elites that went along and became, essentially, collaborators with the Nazis.

HENRY GIROUX: Absolutely.

PAUL JAY: You’re saying these are people–essentially they realize this is a fascisization, and they’re signing on.

I thought there was an interesting moment, a few moments, where some of these new progressive members of the House–and one of them isn’t that new, but he’s relatively new–I thought did a much better job than most of the other Democrats did, being quite specific. Here’s Ro Khanna, which is probably the strongest framing of the one of the criminal acts that Trump can be charged with. So here’s that.

RO KHANNA: I just want the American public to understand the explosive nature of your testimony in this document. Are you telling us, Mr. Cohen, that the President directed transactions in conspiracy with Allen Weisselberg, and his son Donald Trump Jr, as part of a criminal–part of a criminal conspiracy of financial fraud. Is that your testimony today?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

PAUL JAY: So I mean, on the face of it this stuff is kind of obvious. And the degeneration of American politics is such that you’re going to have a he said-she said balancing act in most of the corporate media. And you know, it’s kind of not going to matter, in many ways. We’ll see as this process develops how much deeper. But, Jacqueline, do facts still matter in this discourse?

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: Yes, facts do matter. But I think I need to to make it clear that there is an issue with–maybe I don’t want to call it his character, Cohen’s character, because almost everyone in that chamber, with the exception of the newer members–who I guess haven’t had time to be corrupt yet, and we hope they never get there–most of the people in that chamber are corrupt. So it is hypocritical for especially these Republicans who are giving cover to this to this particular president calling out the character of Cohen, who is a liar. OK, he is.

But my issue with Cohen is that he is part of the reason we even have Trump as president. Because all of this that he knew, he didn’t say anything about it before the election. He was only compelled to talk about it when the investigation started. So I mean, there is some validity to asking him, well, gee, you’re coming out saying this stuff now. Why should we trust you? But because we already knew a lot of what Cohen said actually happened–we already knew about Stormy Daniels. We already knew, we actually knew that WikiLeaks was releasing the cache of emails every week or so because WikiLeaks actually announced on Twitter that they were doing it. Nobody called Assange, and he didn’t tell anybody “Hey, I’m releasing some emails.” They actually tweeted “We’re releasing a cache of emails next week. Wait for it.”

PAUL JAY: But it might establish a direct connection between Stone and Assange if the story is true.

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: And see, that’s the thing. I don’t believe the story is true. Because if you’re in the Ecuadorian Embassy, and you’re under all of this scrutiny, how are all of the intelligence agencies not recording your phone calls? I just–my jury is still way out [crosstalk].

PAUL JAY: One assumes they are.

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: And I’m sorry, I need proof of that. And you can’t just come into a congressional hearing and say “So-and-so picked up a phone and called so-and-so, and that’s my proof.”

PAUL JAY: Right. Well, let me get back to Henry’s point-

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: I don’t think that’s good enough for court. That’s not good enough for me.

PAUL JAY: OK. Let me–just to pick up on something you just said, Jacqueline and Henry. It can’t be underestimated that this is all in the context of a generalized legal corruption which is called the way campaign financing takes place. I mean, you can have gobs of money thrown at candidates. They can write legislation that’s directly in your favor, and you’ll get more campaign contributions. And it’s not called corruption, because it’s called legal. Because the same people that make the laws are getting the money. Carmen, go ahead.

CARMEN RUSSELL-SLUCHANSKY: Yeah, because I want to respond to that. I mean–because you’re absolutely right. You know, campaign finance is often very corrupt. But even then, it can be legal and still corrupt on the face of it when most people would look at it. So it’s amazing to me that we’re still in this hearing and we’re still seeing that it’s possible that they did something illegal. Which is almost hard to do, I think. Because like you said, you know, you can legally give lots of money; you know, super PACs, PACs. There’s so many ways of getting around this fury of campaign finance law that it almost doesn’t matter anymore. And yet, still, still it seems like he’s, you know, Michael Cohen is providing evidence of illegality, of an illegal action, which was, of course, the checks to Stephanie Clifford; you know, aka Stormy Daniels.

If I could also just throw one more thing out there, I want to push back on Jacqueline just a little bit, because I did work on the hill. There are a lot of great–you know, there are a lot of great legislators there. You do have to wonder how so many of them become rich while they’re in office. You know, I did know a number of good progressives who had been there for a long time. And I do–I mean, I’m really heartened, like you said, by these new progresives. Because, you know, it would have been–usually the OGR, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that this hearing was held in, is, you know, for a lot of grandstanding. But you know, you watch, like, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s, you know, I mean, real interrogation, she was going for facts.

PAUL JAY: Let’s take a look at that.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: According to an August 24–August 21, 2016 report by the Washington Post, while the President claimed in financial disclosure forms that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida was worth more than $50 million, he had reported otherwise to local tax authorities that the course was worth “No more than $5 million.” Mr. Cohen, do you know whether this specific report is accurate?

MICHAEL COHEN: It’s identical to what he did at Trump National Golf Club at Briarcliff Manor.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: To your knowledge, was the President interested in reducing his local real estate bills? Tax bills?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: And how did he do that?

MICHAEL COHEN: What you do is you deflate the value of the asset, and then you put in a request to the tax department for a deduction.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: Thank you.

PAUL JAY: A couple of points, here. One thing was missing today, which was anything that proved, one, any kind of collaboration between Trump and Russia in terms of the interference in the elections. There was absolutely nothing added to that picture whatsoever. In fact, he, you know, it suggests that there wasn’t anything. There was no evidence of who actually hacked WikiLeaks here. It continues just to be assumed it was Russia because American intelligence agencies says it was. But I don’t think, at least in terms of what we know in the public domain information that we actually know that yet. But set that aside. Wasserman-Schultz, who desperately tried to get Cohen to implicate Trump in a collaboration with the Russians, because she’s the one that was exposed as undermining the Bernie Sanders campaign when the WikiLeaks–when the DNC hacking takes place, or whistleblowing, whichever, then gets released. So I thought that was important.

And we’re kind of running out of time here, so just to end with a big picture question, or I’m going to make a comment and ask you guys to respond. You know, it’s not enough just to look at campaign financing. It’s not enough to look at corruption at the level of politicians. The big picture is the state of the militarization of the U.S. economy, and the state of the financialization of the U.S. economy. And between Wall Street and the military industrial–and many people add congressional–complex, the level and depth of systemic corruption. I mean, how many big bankers go to jail after outright fraud in the ’07-’08 crash? Is it any surprise that it’s, first of all, somebody from New York who ends up being–you know, Trump ends up being president, given the corruption surrounding finance in New York? But it’s the whole economic basis of that corruption that we need to talk more about. And you’ll sure never hear that on corporate media.

So one by one, you guys can add to your kind of final statements here. Henry, you go first.

HENRY GIROUX: Let me say something. Look, you have an economic crisis in the United States marked by massive inequality, the corruption of politics with big money, and so forth and so on. But I’m going to disagree with you on one thing, and that is the economic crisis has not been matched by a crisis of ideas. And one of the reasons is we never talk about the formative cultures that are necessary in a democracy to create, form citizens who can address these issues. Because you not only have an economic crisis, you have a crisis of civic culture. You have a crisis of civic literacy.You have a crisis of civic justice.

So it seems to me we have to ask ourselves, you know, what happens when all of a sudden the culture collapses because all the public spheres that matter are under siege? Where they’re being privatized, where they’re being contracted out, or whether they’re simply being destroyed? What happens when you have a press that’s called the enemy of the American people? What happens when the journalists get killed, and all of a sudden you have a president of the United States supporting a dictator who actually is responsible for the crime?

So we have to really include something about a larger cultural issue here that speaks, it seems to me, very importantly to the fact that politics follows culture. If people don’t have a collective understanding of what’s going on, then they can’t really address the problem to change it. That needs to be addressed. This is not just simply an economic issue. It’s also an educational one.

PAUL JAY: I’m not sure we disagree on that, because part of this is the destruction of the public school system. And you can’t get such a large section of the American people falling for such obvious BS if you have–without such a terrible level of education and understanding. I mean, it’s no accident that Trump is strongest in rural America, where honestly, education is at its worst. Carmen, final comment from you.

CARMEN RUSSELL-SLUCHANSKY: Yeah, I mean, I like what you said, actually, about the financialization, particularly. Because I mean, honestly, I think if people saw bankers go to jail under Obama for the ’07-’08 crash, we don’t have Trump, because they don’t feel so desperate. But when you see who he brought in, and the fact that–like Lawrence Summers, and even Eric Holder–I mean, Eric Holder’s great in so many ways. But you know, he came from New York, and he went back to a Wall Street firm, and is making I think $2.5 million, or something like that. And you know, nobody went to jail. I mean, you have to, have to wonder, like, how–well, you don’t have to wonder. People see this. And so they throw a Hail Mary. And that’s partially how we end up where we’re at.

PAUL JAY: And if you don’t see Bush and Cheney go to jail for launching an illegal war that kills a million people–like, if you can do that and not be accountable, what can’t you get away for? Get away with, sorry. Jacqueline, final word.

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: Yeah. And I have to add Elliott Abrams. If he doesn’t go to–if he not only doesn’t go to prison, but he also gets another job in another administration, what else are people supposed to think, like Dr. Giroux said, in a country where politics follows culture, and our culture is so bereft of actual real, clear understanding of justice and equality?

But I think one of the things that was most important that was done at the second part of the hearing that the new progressives did was to point out, especially Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s questions, was to point out how the wealthy elite get away with [hoarding] their finances. How they do it. The devaluation of their vast real estate stores. How they lie on their taxes. And then how they also weaponize different aspects of culture, which is I think something that Rashida Tlaib did when she pointed out the issue with the HUD executive being–honestly, she was used as a prop. But they exposed the tactics that the elites use to continue to perpetuate the system of corruption and gross inequality in this country. And I think they won the day in this hearing more than anybody else.

PAUL JAY: Yeah, I think it’s a very good, important note to end on. This movement to elect new progressives, and to have people like these four progressives that spoke on the committee to actually be on that committee, it’s a reflection of the strength of a growing movement that can’t be ignored. And so this isn’t all just a dark and horrible picture. There is, perhaps, especially in the leadup to 2020 election, there is a movement here that may make a kind of breakthrough that this system wasn’t built to deal with.

Anyway, thank you very much. And well I’m sure we’ll pick this conversation up again. Thanks for joining us. And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 01, 2019, 12:42:48 pm
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Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won’t Leave Peacefully in 2020

Oh, he'll fuc king leave, one way or another. If there is a preponderance of evidence, he'll negotiate a soft landing. The will make leaving irresistable, and he will be too greedy to resist. If not, history provides guidance:

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CARMEN RUSSELL-SLUCHANSKY: Yeah, I mean, I like what you said, actually, about the financialization, particularly. Because I mean, honestly, I think if people saw bankers go to jail under Obama for the ’07-’08 crash, we don’t have Trump, because they don’t feel so desperate. But when you see who he brought in, and the fact that–like Lawrence Summers, and even Eric Holder–I mean, Eric Holder’s great in so many ways. But you know, he came from New York, and he went back to a Wall Street firm, and is making I think $2.5 million, or something like that. And you know, nobody went to jail. I mean, you have to, have to wonder, like, how–well, you don’t have to wonder. People see this. And so they throw a Hail Mary. And that’s partially how we end up where we’re at.

PAUL JAY: And if you don’t see Bush and Cheney go to jail for launching an illegal war that kills a million people–like, if you can do that and not be accountable, what can’t you get away for? Get away with, sorry. Jacqueline, final word.

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: Yeah. And I have to add Elliott Abrams. If he doesn’t go to–if he not only doesn’t go to prison, but he also gets another job in another administration, what else are people supposed to think, like Dr. Giroux said, in a country where politics follows culture, and our culture is so bereft of actual real, clear understanding of justice and equality?


This is yet another reference that I have read to the phenomenon that pins the rise of Trump to Obama's failure to bring the banksters to justice, one of the most significant failures of his presidency. It makes sense; the sense of a two-tiered system of money and justice, driven home hard, leading to the sense of, "I'm going to voite to bring the whole goddam thing down."

As you know, I really enjoy things like this, but for the many truths in there, it's a lot of pipe dreams and happy talk until the Ds put together a campaign, a candidate and a strategy and put together the volunteers for the miserable, thankless slog known as the ground game. Because 2020 the Ds will be up against not only the Rs but their major donors, the banksters, the extractive industries, and the Russians. I assume nothing.

Just my two cents.


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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 01, 2019, 02:03:20 pm
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I read this the other day (a comment on ZH, of all places!). It basically explains why the thinking of the average CAPITALIST (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) in the USA, though oh, so very "reasonable", is our doom.

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Satan (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) is reasonable.

He starts with the assumption that we're worthless and unworthy and he's right. He also hates the fact that in spite of this we've been placed in a position superior to him.

So it's entirely reasonable that he hates us.

Everything he does is reasonable.

Reasonable people might even come to the conclusion that killing a vast majority of the earths population is good for them.

That's a reasonable assumption.

Reason is not going to free you; it will enslave you.

Mostly because there has to be a higher purpose to life, because if there is not, then your reason is different from another person's reason and the only reconciliation likely to occur is one of you going away.

That's entirely reasonable.

Live and let live is a strategy which fails right when it's needed most.

It's not reasonable to refuse to fight, it's more reasonable to simply scheme and plot and destroy your enemy from behind the scenes it's less dangerous that way.

This, as absurd as it sounds, perfectly describes our world today. Reason was there through the entire thing.

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It is reasonable, when your unethical=CAPITALIST GOAL is Profit Over People and Planet, to pretend that ethical behavior is for the "weak willed".

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 01, 2019, 02:07:20 pm
Eddie said:

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In a close election we know the Republicans, with their strong positions at the state level in places like Florida (and Texas and many other states) have the means to steal an election. It's not like it'd even be the first time. Trump would be guaranteed to do every possible dirty trick to stay in the White House. That's a given.

The election needs to be a clear win for any Democrat.....unfortunately, it's shaping up to be the other thing. If the fascists do take over, there will be plenty of blame to go around. The Democrats are their own worst enemies.

Exactly how many white people will vote for a candidate who believes in reparations for 4th and 5th generation descendants of former slaves and native Americans? Besides you and AG, I mean?

Answer....not nearly enough to elect any socialist clown who has the bad judgment to keep talking that crap.

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Well, aside from the Eddie required ad hom towards anybody with the temerity call themselves "socialist" (i.e. "clown"), which you always seem so very inclined to engage in over, and over and over again (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185036-1638694.gif), sprinkled with the the most extreme hyperbole you can think of (i.e. demonize said "socialist" as the banner carrier for reparations no red blooded WHITE AMERICAN would stand for - never mind the Courts and Congress and so on), does that mean you won't vote for Senator Sanders of Vermont?

You did say you would vote for him. 👍 ;D I'm counting on you to get your CAPITALIST ass to the voting booth in 2020 and vote for that Democratic Socialist (if he is the Dumocraric Party Candidate, of course. Otherwise, please stay home  :laugh:).

I don't know his stand on reparations and frankly I do not give a damn. The (mostly  WHITE (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/2/3-190119153601.gif) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185038-16442135.gif)) people of this country give a damn about stopping, AND REVERSING, the rampant CAPITALIST TRASHING of the economy and the environment on behalf of everybody that is in the top 10 percent or so. The vast majority of the blacks and browns like me have the same excellent attitude (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418195803.png)  8). 

I think (and up until today, I thought that you did too) that Sanders has the credibility and gravitas to do the right SOCIALIST thing as President of the United States. That's what you said and I agree.
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on March 01, 2019, 08:38:43 pm
Eddie said:

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In a close election we know the Republicans, with their strong positions at the state level in places like Florida (and Texas and many other states) have the means to steal an election. It's not like it'd even be the first time. Trump would be guaranteed to do every possible dirty trick to stay in the White House. That's a given.

The election needs to be a clear win for any Democrat.....unfortunately, it's shaping up to be the other thing. If the fascists do take over, there will be plenty of blame to go around. The Democrats are their own worst enemies.

Exactly how many white people will vote for a candidate who believes in reparations for 4th and 5th generation descendants of former slaves and native Americans? Besides you and AG, I mean?

Answer....not nearly enough to elect any socialist clown who has the bad judgment to keep talking that crap.

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Well, aside from the Eddie required ad hom towards anybody with the temerity call themselves "socialist" (i.e. "clown"), which you always seem so very inclined to engage in over, and over and over again (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185036-1638694.gif), sprinkled with the the most extreme hyperbole you can think of (i.e. demonize said "socialist" as the banner carrier for reparations no red blooded WHITE AMERICAN would stand for - never mind the Courts and Congress and so on), does that mean you won't vote for Senator Sanders of Vermont?

You did say you would vote for him. 👍 ;D I'm counting on you to get your CAPITALIST ass to the voting booth in 2020 and vote for that Democratic Socialist (if he is the Dumocraric Party Candidate, of course. Otherwise, please stay home  :laugh:).

I don't know his stand on reparations and frankly I do not give a damn. The (mostly  WHITE (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/2/3-190119153601.gif) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185038-16442135.gif)) people of this country give a damn about stopping, AND REVERSING, the rampant CAPITALIST TRASHING of the economy and the environment on behalf of everybody that is in the top 10 percent or so. The vast majority of the blacks and browns like me have the same excellent attitude (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418195803.png)  8). 

I think (and up until today, I thought that you did too) that Sanders has the credibility and gravitas to do the right SOCIALIST thing as President of the United States. That's what you said and I agree.


I don't have much of a problem with Bernie. I didn't say any thing ad hom either. Bernie is a decent man, I believe,one of principle, which is very rare inany politician of any party.

However, I don't think I could vote for Bernie if he endorsed reparations, as AOC and Kamala Harris and even Elizabeth Warren (I believe, if I'm not mistaken) have now brought in to the discussion of what should be the Democratic Party planks. Bernie did cave fast when the SJW's came after him for not letting women run his 2016 campaign. He has the problem now of not being left enough, compared to the SJW's in his own movement.

The reparations idea is a clear ploy to (a) make the SJW's happy and (b) get out the black vote. I do expect most blacks would vote for anybody who promised them free money. That's why it's a deal breaker for me. It's just pandering. More populism.

To me, a left leaning candidate who promises to give any ethnic group something for nothing is just playing at being a Hugo Chavez. The poor Indios in Venezuela who went for his free sh it pitch just got the shaft. You want to know where Venezuela went off the rails? In 1976, when they nationalized the oil.  It's been downhill ever since.

The super-rich corporate cronies in the Republican party who run this country are indeed a vile lot. But to assume the new people trying to assume leadership on the left are going to somehow make things better is probably just a pipe dream. We need to beat our nukes into plowhares, but we're just building more nukes and zillion buck airplanes and who knows what else. Using borrowed money that is demonstrably unpayable debt.

My whole point in commenting at all was just to say that the average dumbass American (of which there are too many) will run straight to Trump when they hear about the promises these stupid females are coming up with, and whatever chance we might have of electing any non-fascist will be almost zero.

If only the left could let go of all the SJW mania and all the promises to the blacks, browns, gays and gender-conflicted snowflakes, and just come up with a REASONABLE platform with one or two good promises (like universal healthcare) and not split apart over silly sh it, then maybe I could quit reading about whatever  new atrocity Trump is giving us every day.

But please ignore my real point, ad hom racist that I am. How could I possible know anything?

 H. L Mencken and Ambrose Bierce saw this coming a hundred years ago.

Now you are attacking Hugo Chavez too? Everything you just Ad hominemed about Venezuela is false (watch the Empire files video posted earlier and learn the truth or just keep believing the CIA CAPITALIST LIES. I mean, how many CIA backed coups does it take for Agelbert to finally accept that Socialism has "failed?" 😈). As soon as the Texas Fossil Fuelers couldn't control Venezuela's oil, Venezuela was PUSHED  "off the rails" by consistent and continuous economic attacks by GUESS WHO?   

And NOBODY is promising "free money". That's just more Republican CAPITALIST disingenuous propaganda that you are quite skilled at carrying around like a badge of honor. Universal Basic Income provides FREEDOM from Capitalist employer Captive market Tyranny. You can claim otherwise all you want 👎. I know better. What is REALLY FREE MONEY is the welfare queen subsidies for the Fossil Fuel Fascists 🦕🦖 that you never seem to remember have been FREE-RIDING on the taxpayer dime for about a century.  How convenient. ALL the social programs proposed from free education to dental included healthcare to UBI do not amount to a HILL OF BEANS compared with what your precious Texan Oil WELFARE QUEENS have taken from we-the people.

The super rich are not just a "vile lot"; they are PARASITES. They are LAZY. They are FREE RIDERS. They are WELFARE QUEENS. They are CRIMINALS. They are CROOKS. We are ALL DEAD if they are not stopped. I really do not believe you understand that.

I have no idea what you mean by the ad hom about the "left not letting go" of what you consider "silly" this and that. All the identity politics WEDGE ISSUES were thought up by REPUBLICANS to deliberately, and underhandedly, demonize Democrats.

This whole "Left", "Right" political framing thing has always been bullshit, as far as I'm concerned. You are either for justice, equality and a better human society, free of exploitation and war, or you are full of ethically challenged CAPITALIST BULLSHIT.

Using pejorative labels like "clown" to describe a Socialist or "pipe dream" to descrbe a Socialist program is ad hominem, period. When I attack CAPITALISM, I give reasons, not verbal sniping. You may disagree with what I say, but you have no right whatsover to do so without calm and reasonable logic and facts.

You fly off the handle way to easily. I don't want discourse with you if I can possibly avoid it. You have already unjustly and viciously branded me as a "Trailer Park Jesus" and a "loser". I do not understand why you want to reply to any posts by a "whacko loser" like myself. Do you enjoy communicating with people you have no respect for? I certainly don't. Take a deep breath and go argue with somebody that isn't such a "leftist loser".

I'm glad you have no problem with Bernie. I hope you vote for him for POTUS.

I get that you labor under the CAPITALIST belief that all things Socialist are "stuff and nonsense". I disagree. You believe in your heart that you know what you are talking about. I don't, so let's leave it at that.

Get off my back, Eddie.
Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on April 17, 2019, 09:45:09 pm
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Did Bernie out Fox Fox News? 

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Title: Re: Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity
Post by: AGelbert on April 29, 2019, 11:43:32 am
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What Are the Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay?

The Olympic Games are widely seen as a way to unite the world, but one popular Olympic tradition, the torch relay, originated in a much more divisive time and place. Despite widespread belief that the relay was part of the original Olympics in Ancient Greece, the modern Olympic torch relay actually originated in Nazi Germany, at the 1936 Games in Berlin. Joseph Goebbels (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png), the propaganda minister for 👹 Adolf Hitler, saw an opportunity to popularize the myth of "Aryan" superiority by promoting the idea that Nazi Germany was the natural inheritor of classical Greek civilization. Thus the relay was born, with the runners making their way from Olympia, Greece, to Berlin, to light the Olympic cauldron. Foreshadowing the conflict to come, the torches were made by Krupp, a firm that built the machine guns later used by German soldiers during World War II. Onlookers along the torch route through Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Czechoslovakia were expected to shout, "Heil, Hitler," as the runners passed. In reverse, the torch route was not dissimilar from the path that Hitler's invading troops would take through Europe at the start of World War II, just three years later.

There is one silver (or is it gold?) lining, though: When the Olympics were held again -- not for 12 years because of World War II -- they were in London, and the torch relay became known as a symbol of peace, which is how it remains today.

Looking back 🧐 at the 1936 Olympics:

► The 1936 Berlin Games were the first sporting event ever televised, but they could only be seen in Berlin and Potsdam, Germany.

American sprinter Jesse Owens (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185037-16412296.gif) won four gold medals at the 1936 Games, angering Adolf Hitler(https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/images/smilies/furious.gif), who had wanted to ban African-American and Jewish athletes from competing.

► The youngest gold medalist in Summer Olympics history was Marjorie Gestring (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185038-16442135.gif), who was 13 when she placed first in springboard diving at the 1936 Games while representing the United States.

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