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A Chorus of Violence: Jack Donovan and the Organizing Power of Male Supremacy

From the article:

Across the contemporary far right, perhaps no sound carries further than the chorus of moaning that emanates from the “Manosphere.” ...............

Donovan is emblematic of DiBranco’s theory that misogyny is a predominant force within the contemporary far-right, one that is uniting leaders of varying movements, opening them up to new audiences and vice versa.

To read more:

White nationalism combined with misogyny. A natural combination.

Progressive people of faith, Part 4: Reverend William Barber

A quick capsule summary:

By the grace of God, Rev. Dr. Barber, along with local, state, and national NAACP leaders, has helped to lead the fight for voter rights, just redistricting, health care reform, labor and worker rights, protection of immigration rights, and reparation for women survivors of Eugenics, release of the Wilmington Ten and educational equality.  Rev. Dr. Barber has been arrested three times for civil disobedience as he stood for educational, economic and equal justice.


We are all aware of the Moral Monday Movement that Reverend Barber started in N. Carolina, but like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Reverend barber is active in many of the fights for social justice.

Dear White, Christian Trump Supporters: A Follow-Up

From the article:

My last post, addressed to white, Christian Trump supporters and calling for dialogue about common ground, brought an overwhelming response, including emails from a number of conservative readers. As I read and responded to emails, I noticed some things that have led me to respond and continue the conversation............

Still this leaves me wondering. While the conservative folks who emailed me did not vote for Trump in the primaries, obviously a lot of conservative Christians did. How do conservative Christians explain Christian support for Trump in the primaries (particularly when there were many other candidates who demonstrated a much more authentic Christian identity)? And why aren’t more conservative Christians calling out Trump’s ongoing bad behavior?

Read more:


If we do not have dialogue with Trump supporters, do we simply accept a division and make no attempts to find commonality?

March 25 good news: 84 percent of the world population has faith........

One can search for negative news about religious adherents, and in a population of believers that number an estimated 5.8 billion out of the 6.9 billion world population, there are always negative incidents to be found.

But religion is a force for great good. In this country, for example, religious people were in the forefront of the abolition movement, in the forefront of the civil rights movement, and in the forefront of the peace movement.

So to remind us all of the positives, I have started to post short pieces about progressive people of faith to inspire and remind us all that no matter how dark it appears to be, the fight goes on, and religious people are a part of that progressive struggle.

I hope you will like the coming pieces.

Edited to add: Judging by the many views, it seems that there is great interest in hearing good news about religion.

From March For Life To Womens Strike: My Journey From Pro-Life To Pro-Choice (Good news 3-24)

From the article:

Five years ago, I was marching in Washington D.C. in a very different kind of women’s march. I was a self-described social conservative and evangelical Christian then, joining other young, conservative interns to participate in the March for Life to “protect” the rights of the unborn and “save” future generations of women from the “scourge” of abortion and Planned Parenthood....................
After much introspection and research, I embarked on a new spiritual path, one that was not at odds with my growing social consciousness and that viewed my pursuit of justice and social activism as a mitzvah, or commandment.

To read more of one person's faith evolution...............


It IS all President Obama's fault!!!!! No, really.

Poor Donald Trump. He had to follow President Obama as President. And the comparisons are striking.

1) married to the same woman for many years

married 3 times, so far, numerous extramarital affairs


2) A very intelligent Constitutional lawyer
Trump: was given millions by his father

3) Pays his bills
Trump: declared bankruptcy 6 times, so far

4) Has 2 lovely children
Trump: Has spawned numerous greedy sociopaths

5) never a hint of marital scandal
Trump: an admitted sexual predator and possible pedophile

6) No ties to Russia
Trump: Putin owns him.

7) endured 8 years of racist abuse from the GOP
Trump: might as well be a KKK member

8) always kept cool under pressure
Trump: a juvenile, thin skinned, image obsessed time bomb

9) a full head of hair
Trump: 30 pounds of shellac holding down 50 hairs

I could go on, but it is clear that if Barack Obama had been as dysfunctional as, say, the entire Palin family, Trump would not look so bad by comparison.

So it is all Obama's fault.

If I have missed anything please feel free to add.

From slumcamper:
10) inspired a majority of Americans with HOPE
10) depressed the majority of Americans with DESPAIR

Interfaith Activists To Descend On Times Square In Solidarity With Muslims

From the article:

New York City’s interfaith activists are getting ready to show President Donald Trump that they’re willing to stand in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors..............

The Nusantara Foundation, a Muslim interfaith advocacy organization run by Imam Shamsi Ali, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening inter-ethnic cooperation, are helping to organize the event. FFEU is spearheaded by Rabbi Marc Schneier and the hip-hop artist Russell Simmons. Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour will also reportedly be at the event.

To read more:


As they did during the days of slavery, as they did during the 1960s anti-war and Civil Rights movements, people of faith are standing up for social justice.

Good News about Religion for March 23.

Rekindling a Prophetic Moral Vision for Justice, Social Change and Movement Building

From the page:

Repairers of the Breach, Inc. is a nonpartisan and ecumenical organization that seeks to build a progressive agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square. Repairers will help frame public policies which are not constrained or confined by the narrow tenets of neo-conservatism. Repairers will bring together clergy and lay people from different faith traditions, with people without a spiritual practice but who share the moral principles at the heart of the great moral teachings. Repairers will expand a “school of prophets” who can broadly spread the vision of a nation that is just and loving. 

To read more, and more:


I have appealed 2 hides.

Approximately how long does it take for those appeals to be heard?

Why I Marched. (Good news about Religion for March 22)

From the short article:

I have learned from our ancient Jewish sages that at no time can we care only for ourselves. Social justice goes beyond attending to the impoverished and the stranger. Social justice is about advocating for them..........


Putting faith into action.
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