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Pope Francis pushes a new theology of climate change

From the article:

Moving beyond his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” Francis called for “prophetic actions” to spur governments to undertake “drastic measures” to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions and keep average global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. He points to the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 as a place to show political will and signals that next month’s Amazon Synod of Bishops will itself address climate.

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Meghan McCain, there already IS violence and much of it is due to the AR-15.

The AR-15, and its equivalent models, are already the weapon of choice for mass shooters. This is so because the weapon, and extended magazines, make it so easy to kill large numbers of people.

So please save your threats of violence for the next NRA convention, when you can be compensated for promoting these weapons of mass destruction.

When the corporate media speaks of the "why" behind any particular mass shooting,

that focus on a "why" is a diversion from the actual issue.

Why any particular mass murderer uses firearms to commit one of the many mass murders in the US is secondary. Primary is the fact that literally anyone can obtain weapons of war and use these weapons to massacre others.

The US corporate media prefers to keep the focus on the individual to obscure the fact that easy access to firearms is the reason that gun deaths are so common in the US.

And this focus on the individual is intended to put the blame on these individuals instead of on the manufacturers of these weapons of destruction, and the politicians that are bought by the NRA and the gun manufacturers.

NRA supporters love to talk about their supposed rights and freedoms.

And this right of which they often speak is the basically unrestricted right to own any form of weapon that they desire.

And when they speak of freedom, it is the freedom to carry whatever weapon they desire.

The right rests on a misreading of the Second Amendment. A misreading "found" by a so-called originalist who had to discard 1/2 of the actual Second Amendment to support his argument.

And that freedom, it results in the majority of us feeling less free, and being less safe.

But owning a weapon leads to the illusion of safety, the dream that owning that weapon will protect the owner.

And dreams and hopes do not need any logic. They must simply appeal to the basic desire to feel safe.

Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is 'stirring'

From the article:

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has garnered a lot of attention for using God-talk during his presidential campaign. From regular discussions of his own faith to a willingness to challenge those who invoke the divine while supporting the policies of President Trump, the millennial Episcopalian has made religion a centerpiece of his pursuit of the Oval Office.

Buttigieg spoke with Religion News Service to discuss sin, immigration, being a religious millennial and whether he can rally the support of a burgeoning religious left movement. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What do you see as the appropriate role of religion in American politics?

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So Buttigieg spoke with Religion News Service. And about the religious left.

How Online Hate Speech Spreads Around the Globe

From the article:

In a world where hate speech travels online, incentivizing groups in various global communities, lawmakers and social media companies face an increasingly difficult task of tracking the activity.
The United States lags behind other countries in establishing effective policies against online abuse on social media, while nations like France are asking social media companies to commit to a hate-free internet. The answer to effective policymaking in this sphere, however, may lie in understanding the way hate messages connect with one another around the Globe, new research shows.

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Muslims bailout fund raises nearly $150,000 to reunite migrant families

From the article:

A Muslim-led crowdfunding campaign has raised nearly $150,000 to bail out parents detained in immigration jails.
The Muslims for Migrants campaign, launched Aug. 5 by the Islamic nonprofit CelebrateMercy, is donating all funds to the National Bail Fund Network to pay bond fees for immigrant parents who have been detained while they await a decision on their immigration status or potential deportation.
The initiative has so far released nine detained parents — seven fathers and two mothers — and reunited them with their families. A tenth parent will be released by Thursday (Aug. 29).

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The success of the GOP rests on a number of things.

First, of course, is racism, which has been a foundational characteristic of the GOP since 1968.

After that, we have cheating, mainly in the form of voter suppression, but including voting machine hacks and ballot box tampering.

After that, and related to the racism component, the GOP has crafted a narrative since 1968 that white people, especially rural white people, are under attack by the forces of liberalism.

Under this narrative, anything that does not only benefit white people is an attack on white people.

Jobs programs, poverty programs, and other State and Federal programs that are actually directed at helping poor people in general are seen by GOP voters as actually helping only minorities.

A subset of this belief is when white people will tell others that they get nothing from the Government.
Many times, these white people are Social Security and Medicare recipients, and they might also receive other Government benefits, but they have convinced themselves that they get nothing for their tax dollars.

And Trump supporting farmers see the welfare that they receive as anything but welfare, because in the GOP myth white people never get welfare.

So all of this supports the "white people as victims" narrative that the GOP loves to cultivate.

Last, but also foundational, since the 1960s the far right has been buying up the US media and establishing what they call research institutes to promote their myth and their political agenda. In spite of the fact that 90% of the US media is owned by 6 large corporations, GOP voters are convinced that media outlets are controlled by the liberals.

Rev. William Barber calls on Democrats to host debate on poverty, racism

From the article:

The Rev. William Barber II, a progressive activist and pastor, addressed the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee on Friday (Aug. 23), calling on party leaders to host a presidential debate focused on poverty and to do more to address the concerns of poor and low-income Americans.

The co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, named for the last major campaign of Martin Luther King Jr., Barber insisted that poverty touches all people and regions of the United States and overlaps with related concerns such as racism, voter suppression, healthcare, “ecological justice,” militarism and religious nationalism....

Asked about a potential poverty debate at a candidate forum hosted by the Poor People’s Campaign in June, however, all nine Democratic presidential hopefuls who attended — including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris — said they would support it.

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For Trump voters, it is always 1984.

Trump promised a big, beautiful wall, and said Mexico would pay for it.

Trump promised that China would pay the tariffs.

Trump promised that the tax cuts were for the middle class, and that the rich would get very little.

Trump promised a booming economy, instead we have record levels of debt.

Ask the Trump voters about this, and expect a blank look. Trump rewrites reality for the Trump voters every day.

Remember, we have always been at war with Oceania.
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