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There is a crack... in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.


Leonard Cohen.

And that crack, that human imperfection, has been expressed in the Bible as original sin.

There is no perfection in humanity, but there is hope, and there is struggle. Thus the metaphor of the crack in everything.



But there is also hope, the hope that the light will enter into the imperfect vessel.

Leonard Cohen, speaking of Jesus Christ:


I’m very fond of Jesus Christ. He may be the most beautiful guy who walked the face of this earth. Any guy who says “Blessed are the poor. Blessed are the meek” has got to be a figure of unparallelled generosity and insight and madness…A man who declared himself to stand among the thieves, the prostitutes and the homeless. His position cannot be comprehended. It is an inhuman generosity. A generosity that would overthrow the world if it was embraced because nothing would weather that compassion.




An interesting view from a man who explored many paths in his life journey.

Cross-posted from religion.

Leonard Cohen, speaking of Jesus Christ:

I’m very fond of Jesus Christ. He may be the most beautiful guy who walked the face of this earth. Any guy who says “Blessed are the poor. Blessed are the meek” has got to be a figure of unparallelled generosity and insight and madness…A man who declared himself to stand among the thieves, the prostitutes and the homeless. His position cannot be comprehended. It is an inhuman generosity. A generosity that would overthrow the world if it was embraced because nothing would weather that compassion.


An interesting view from a man who explored many paths in his life journey.

'We're Voting Them Out': What It Looked Like When Horde of Hoosiers Marched With Bernie Sanders

'We're Voting Them Out': What It Looked Like When Horde of Hoosiers Marched With Bernie Sanders to Early-Voting Site After Indiana Rally


From the article:

With the GOP currently waging a massive and racist war on voting rights in Georgia and throughout the nation ahead of next month's crucial midterm elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held a get-out-the-vote rally in Indiana on Friday and led hundreds of enthusiastic Hoosiers to a nearby polling station bearing some "bad news" for President Donald Trump and the Republicans: "We're heading to the polls and we're voting them out."


To read more:

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/19/were-voting-them-out-what-it-looked-when-horde-hoosiers-marched-bernie-sanders-early?cd-

Clergywomen numbers increased significantly in two decades, sometimes equaling men

From the article:

The share of women in the ranks of American clergy has doubled — and sometimes tripled — in some denominations over the last two decades, a new report shows.
“I was really surprised in a way, at how much progress there’s been in 20 years,” said the report’s author, Eileen Campbell-Reed, an associate professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tenn. “There’s kind of a circulating idea that, oh well, women in ministry has kind of plateaued and there really hasn’t been lot of growth. And that’s just not true.”


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/10/18/clergywomen-numbers-increased-significantly-in-two-decades-sometimes-equaling-men/

Beto O'Rourke Makes Brilliant Case For Why Democrats Should Move Forward With Impeachment

From the article:

When asked if he changed his mind on voting to impeach Trump, O’Rourke said:
I haven’t. Let me put it this way: There may be an open question as to whether the president, then the candidate, sought to collude with the Russian government in 2016, but to quote George Will, very conservative columnist, when we saw him on that stage in Helsinki defending Vladimir Putin, the head of the country that attacked our democracy in 2016 instead of this country and its citizens and this amazing democracy, that was collusion in action. You may have wondered when he fired James Comey, the principal investigator into what happened in that election, whether that was an attempt to obstruct justice. But when by broad daylight, on Twitter, he asked his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to end the Russia investigation, I would say that’s obstruction in action. … The best course to get there so that every member has all the facts and that they are compelling enough to do the right thing is to allow the full Independence and integrity of the Bob Mueller investigation. … I would liken impeachment to an indictment. There is enough there to proceed with the trial for a full vetting of the facts and to make the best-informed decision in the interests of this country and our future.


To read more:

https://www.politicususa.com/2018/10/18/orourke-brilliant-case-impeachment.html

Russia's Journey from Orthodoxy to Atheism, and Back Again

From the article:


In Russia, there is a religious revival happening. Orthodox Christianity is thriving after enduring a 70-year period of atheistic Soviet rule. In 1991, just after the collapse of the USSR, about two-thirds of Russians claimed no religious affiliation. Today, 71 percent of Russians identify as Orthodox...….

Russia was transformed from a bastion of conservative Orthodoxy in the nineteenth century into the world’s leading promoter of atheism in the twentieth. This historical backdrop of Russia’s remarkable journey from Orthodoxy to atheism, and back again, is chronicled in Victoria Smolkin’s A Sacred Space is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism.....



Under Lenin and Stalin, new atheist organizations like the League of the Militant Godless waged war on religious institutions. Although churches and monasteries were technically legal, officials found ways of shutting them down, and they transformed some of them into cathedrals of atheism.


To read more:

https://religionandpolitics.org/2018/10/16/russias-journey-from-orthodoxy-to-atheism-and-back-again/

The pendulum swings. And yet another example that intolerance is deeply rooted in human society.

One of my daughters and I attended the Chicago Womens March today.

My daughter said she felt very good and motivated by experiencing all of the positive energy.

My favorite sign was:

If I want government involved in my uterus I will fuck a Senator.


The speakers were motivated, and the crowd was really energized.


Next stop, election day.

ACLU Fights Back as Trump Pushes 'Stealth Proposal' to Limit Public's Right to Protest

ACLU Fights Back as Trump Pushes 'Stealth Proposal' to Limit Public's Right to Protest Outside White House

As the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress face mass protests in Washington, D.C. against their attacks on healthcare, immigrants, women, and the poor—as well as well as their support for white supremacists and men accused of sexual assault—civil liberties advocates are speaking out against an "unconstitutional" National Park Service (NPS) proposal that would severely limit Americans' ability to protest near the White House and on the National Mall.




To read more:

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/10/aclu-fights-back-trump-pushes-stealth-proposal-limit-publics-right-protest-outside?cd-

Moving out the pension-cutters

From the article:

A CARAVAN of 14 U-Haul trucks, led by an International Brotherhood of Teamsters-driven semitruck, rolled through the streets of Frankfort, Kentucky, to the state Capitol steps on October 5, followed by a rally in front of the Capitol to protest pension “reform.”
The “Vote ’em out, move ’em out” action was organized by the Jefferson County Association of Educational Support Personnel (JCAESP)-AFSCME Local 4011, Kentucky 120 United, the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition and the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA).
The rally was a protest against the attempt by the state legislature in the middle of the night last March to sneak through pension legislation attached to State Bill 151, a “waste management” bill. The attached amendment would have placed new state employees and teachers in a new pension plan.


To read more:

https://socialistworker.org/2018/10/10/moving-out-the-pension-cutters
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