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Group Beloved by Betsy Devos and Koch Brothers Launches Counter-Attack Against Teacher Rebellion

From the article:

A right-wing coalition, which has received funding from both the Koch Brothers and the billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is launching an aggressive attack on the tens of thousands of teachers and education supporters who have been demanding increased school funding and teacher salaries in recent weeks.
As the Guardian reports, the State Policy Network (SPN) is distributing a guide to anti-labor activists across the nation, with the aim of helping them to discredit the protests that teachers have been organizing in Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Arizona.

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These State policy Networks exist in 41 states, including the Illinois Policy Network in my state. All part of the effort by the 1% to frame the narrative on every issue.

Spreading 'Like Wildfire': Majority of AmericansIncluding 74% of DemocratsNow Support Single-Payer

From the article:

"Five years ago, could you have believed that half of Americans would agree we need a single-payer healthcare system?"
That's how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—a longtime advocate of guaranteeing healthcare for all Americans—responded to a new poll that found that 74 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of all adults surveyed support implementing a single-payer healthcare system in the United States.

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Some will still insist that single payer is unaffordable.

What IS unaffordable is the current profit driven system.

Today's sermon is on hypocrisy.

First, what is hypocrisy? To discuss that, we must first define our terms. So I asked Google, and found this, which I feel is far better than I could write on my own.

The Bible calls hypocrisy a sin. There are two forms hypocrisy can take: that of professing belief in something and then acting in a manner contrary to that belief, and that of looking down on others when we ourselves are flawed.


Consider the first definition, which talks of actions versus stated beliefs. When Next Gingrich criticized Bill Clinton for having a sexual relationship out of marriage, Gingrich himself was actually pursuing his own extramarital affair. A classic example.

The second definition takes place when we fail to recognize our own failings. It is often the situation where we point out the flaws in others while failing to point out, or failing to recognize, our own flaws.


Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns, calls sexual accusations flat-out lies

From the article:

The pastor of a powerful Chicago-area megachurch has resigned after a series of sexual misconduct claims he described as “flat-out lies.”

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That demands a question:

If they are flat out lies, why would he resign?

The NRA Admits to More Than 20 Russia Linked Contributors As Gun Lobby Facade Crumbles

From the article:

In a new document, The National Rifle Association revised its previous statement about receiving one Russian donation to correct that number to more than 20 Russia linked contributions.

We all know that the NRA started as a citizens organization, but many years ago it changed to a lobbying organization for weapons manufacturers.

Now, we also know that it is a front for Russian propaganda as well as gun manufacturers propaganda designed to sell weapons.

Remember that the next time that Wayne LaPierre opens his lying mouth to talk.

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One Christian talking about religious privilege.

Yes, in a majority Christian country, their is a degree of privilege in being a Christian.

If I were living in China, I would have a degree of privilege if I were an atheist.

If I were living in a matriarchal society, women would have a degree of privilege.

Living in a white dominated society, whites have a degree of privilege.

In a technological society, the educated have a degree of privilege.

In a money based society, the rich obviously have a degree of privilege.

In Israel, Jews have a degree of privilege.

In a predominantly Anglophone society, English speakers have a degree of privilege.

Every society ranks people using many different and varying criteria. That is a fact of human existence. What criteria count, and how much each criterion counts, differs in every society.

Bad news: Austria seeks hijab ban for primary school students

From the article:

The Austrian government has announced that it will seek to ban the hijab for girls in kindergarten and primary school in the latest measure targeting Muslims in the country.
Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said on Wednesday that the draft law on the hijab - a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who feel it is part of their religion - would be ready by summer, describing the measure as "symbolic".

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Minister Fassmann speaks of this as a symbolic measure. The gold 6 pointed star was also a symbolic measure, a symbol of hatred that later led to genocide. Symbols have meaning to those who would reduce any people to caricatures.

What MLK would say today

From the article:

Fifty years ago, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Memphis, Tennessee on a unique mission.
It was, only in a narrow and nuanced sense, a mission of civil rights.
Dr. King understood intersectionality: between the rights of black people, and the rights of workers, and the rights of poor people – and especially, the rights of poor, black, working people, especially the sanitation workers, who were striking after years of mistreatment and poor wages, and for whom Dr. King had come to Memphis.
Several years ago, I had the honor of being at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for the commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday.
Dr. King had served as the pastor at Ebenezer. His father, “Daddy” King, had served as its pastor.

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Dr. King was, of course, a Christian Minister. That part of him must be acknowledged even as we recognize his incredible vision in linking racism, pacifism, the labor movement, and how these issues interrelated and still interrelate to this day in this country.

Are there any members of the Trump Adminstration without ethical issues?

Every day we see more news about yet another breach of ethical conduct, or outright stealing, involving a Trump friend, appointee, family member, or employee.

Can everyone that Trump deals with really be a crook?

Is there no honest person to be found in the Trump cabal?

Good news: Kings death remembered with pledges to confront racism

From the article:

They began marching just after dawn from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 50 years to the day after the civil rights leader was assassinated.
They silenced their voices and, walking to the beat of a drum, traveled halfway down the National Mall. Some in sneakers and some in clerical stoles, they then prayed a spectrum of prayers — from Anglican to Zoroastrian — before they settled in for a set of speeches with a lofty subject: ending racism.
The A.C.T. to End Racism Rally, seeking to “awaken, confront and transform” society about racism, drew thousands of people on Wednesday (April 4). It was one of the largest events ever planned by the National Council of Churches, an ecumenical network of 38 groups including mainline, Orthodox, black Protestant and Quaker churches.

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