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Redefining religious freedom as religious privilege

from the article:

The First Amendment Defense Act. It’s a name that Big Brother would be proud of, seemingly plucked from the bowels of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s “1984.”
The Senate bill is not the bulwark its name suggests but the latest salvo in the ongoing attempt to redefine religious freedom as religious privilege. It does nothing to defend the First Amendment; in fact, it violates it.....

It might seem odd for a constitutional attorney to point out that, other than the freedom of thought, all our rights can and should be curtailed in certain circumstances. But it’s true. Even the free exercise of religion can be limited. Look closely at the language and the amendment makes this clear. The free exercise clause prevents the government from “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion; it does not prevent the government from regulating conduct that might be religiously motivated.


And this, in my view, is the crux of the argument:

For believers, this means that your right to believe cannot be impinged in any way, but your right to act on those beliefs can.


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/04/23/redefining-religious-freedom-as-religious-privilege/

Reconciling faith and science.

In my view, it is quite easy to reconcile faith and science. Both involve a search for answers. Answers to different questions, to be sure, but a search all the same.

This fragment from a longer article describes on such method of reconciliation:

Q) What can you tell us about Lemaître’s approach to the intersection of science and faith, and what can we learn from it nearly a century later?

A) His conception of the relationship of science and faith was rather circumspect, carefully delineating their roles as ways of knowing. Science for him was the methodology for understanding the physical cosmos; revealed religion taught truths important for salvation. He was quite content to observe that the findings of science were in no way discordant with scriptural revelation, and vice versa, but neither should overreach. If Lemaître has a lesson for the science-faith discourse today, that would probably be it.


https://www.americamagazine.org/content/all-things/faith-and-science-georges-lemaitre-11-questions-dr-karl-van-bibber

Many of us recognize this as the NOMA solution, the idea that the 2 fields are non-overlapping, each with its own methods.

I would also say, as my personal opinion, that each involves a search for truth, and in that search for truth, each can lead to the Creator.

I do not mean to imply that any, or all, or most scientists are inevitably led to an awareness of the Creator, but that the Creator, as the one who figuratively lit the spark of creation that was the Big Bang, inevitably values knowledge and any expression of the sentience that is referred to in the phrase from Genesis, 1:27, where it is said that the Creator "created mankind in the image and likeness".

So to my mind, seeking knowledge is growing closer to the Creator.

Good news: Black networks farm-to-church movement brings fresh food to Baltimore

From the article:

Fast-forward three years, and that network includes 10 black churches, which he predicts will double this year as more congregations start gardens on their properties. And the food he once gave away is now sold by churches, with any profits from the farm produce sales going back into the network.


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/04/20/black-networks-farm-to-church-movement-brings-fresh-food-to-baltimore/

Professor calls Barbara Bush an 'amazing racist,' says 'I can never be fired'

From the article:

"Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal," Randa Jarrar wrote on Twitter, according to the Fresno Bee.


http://www.nola.com/national_politics/2018/04/professor_barbara_bush_racist.html

From an earlier article:

Former first lady Barbara Bush said that Hurricane Katrina refugees being housed in the Houston Astrodome were "underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."


https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/rating/true/

I understand being sympathetic to the family for their own loss, but Bush was an unreconstructed racist who was married to a war criminal, and who raised a war criminal. So all of this eulogizing and "fond remembrance" is a way of forgetting the real harm that the Bush family did.

Trump preaches honest work...for the poor

From the article:

As FEDERAL investigators sift through the evidence of Donald Trump's criminal history seized from his lawyer's office, Trump and fellow Republicans are racing to pull off what could be remembered as their last big score: Destroying what's left of the social safety net to pay for billionaire tax cuts and Pentagon boondoggles....

Surveys show that these patronizing and racially coded claims have far less credibility with the public then they did 20 years ago. But it will take protests, not polls, to stop Trump and his gang of thieves from getting away with this historic attack


To read more:

https://socialistworker.org/2018/04/17/trump-preaches-honest-work-for-the-poor

A man who has never worked a day in his life telling others about the value of work.

Donald Trump is not a Christian, but he knows what the religious right needs to hear...

Donald Trump is not a Christian, but he understands what white Protestants long for, says historian Matthew Bowman, author of Christian: The Politics of a Word in America, just out from Harvard University Press....

So I was interested in documenting the multiplicity of voices, and demonstrating that “Christian” is a contested concept. But also I wanted to look at how it was the religious right became so powerful.


An interesting interview, but the title is somewhat misleading because this is about the many ways that Christianity has been and is being defined.

To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/04/19/donald-trump-is-not-a-christian-but-he-knows-what-the-religious-right-needs-to-hear-says-historian/

My personal view is that I impose no litmus test, and I accept however anyone defines themselves.

SURJ Showing up for Racial Justice

From the site:

We are living in times that call for prophetic imagination and a courageous willingness to “practice the world we wish to see,” as adrienne maree brown says in Emergent Strategy. These times also call for honest reflection on the ways we as white folk participate in the perpetuation of racism and can repent, literally to go back and walk a different way.

In that spirit, SURJ-Faith is organizing a campaign that asks faith/spiritual communities to examine our relationship to policing and police violence. This campaign is an act of accountability to people of color who are asking white people to join them in imagining and taking action toward a world without policing, and is also aligned with the Vision for Black Lives.


To read more, and to find links to groups all over the US:

http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/faith


Edited to add: one such story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/?utm_term=.685608d5271c

My Journey From Moderate Muslim to Seeker of Love

From the article:

For many years starting at around the time of the 9-11 terror attacks, I referred to myself a “moderate Muslim.” I used the term on my Facebook profile and pronounced it if asked about my religious beliefs.....

Then, just as I was abandoning the religion I’d known my whole life, I had my first encounter with spiritual Islam.....

Islam came alive. It wasn’t a rigid, dogmatic system of rituals, dress codes and obligations, but a direct experience of Divine Compassion and Mercy. It wasn’t a religion of fear, but a tender, beautiful path toward Unconditional Love. Rather than a label or identity, it was a state of being in surrender to the natural flow of the Divine Reality, or Allah.




Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/livingtradition/2018/03/my-journey-from-moderate-muslim-to-seeker-of-love/#rRAb1SACckXHCiep.99

Why Me? Finding the Bright Side of a Dark Situation

From the article:

What if we always realized the importance of experiencing hardships and making mistakes, instead of gaining that insight only after some time has passed? What if we allow ourselves to go through a difficult period of our lives while keeping in mind that someday, we might be grateful that it happened?.....

This is where tawakkul (faith and trust in God) comes in.




Read more at:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mostlymuslim/2018/04/bright-side-dark-situation-hardship/#xzzu37U8C5Y7bSI2.99


Good news: The blue Muslim wave: American Muslims launch political campaigns......

From the article:

The blue Muslim wave: American Muslims launch political campaigns, hope to deliver ‘sweet justice’ to Trump
More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year. Many are young and politically inexperienced, and most are long shots. But they represent a collective gamble: that voters are so disgusted by America’s least popular president on record that they’re willing to elect members of America’s least popular religious minority group.


To read more:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-blue-muslim-wave-american-muslims-launch-political-campaigns-hope-to-deliver-sweet-justice-to-trump/2018/04/15/a8794a9c-31cc-11e8-8abc-22a366b72f2d_story.html?utm_term=.5710a45f2474

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