Julia Smucker

A recent World Council of Churches delegation to Iraq reported on the complex feelings and wrenching dilemmas of Christians there.  They quoted one woman named Lubna Yusef, who I will let speak for herself here because her voice, unsettling as it is, deserves to be heard. More…





Jack Quirk

In October of last year, Pope Francis met with a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, and told them that he does not like “the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.” The pope went on to say that it is “hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” and that if “I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.” More…






Julia Smucker

In June 2015, days after white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at a Bible study at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the public response from surviving church members was striking.  One attendee of a prayer vigil for the victims told the BBC World Service,

“What he was going to accomplish, he did the opposite.  And so we’re smiling and laughing at him, while yet praying for him.  And he can’t stop us from praying for him, and he can’t stop us from loving him.  So he’s got to live with black people loving white people, and white people loving black people.  And I think that is hell for him.” More… 



Jack Quirk

During the campaign, Donald Trump time and again expressed his disapproval of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and early signs are that he was serious. Plans are already in the works to renegotiate the trade agreement with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. (He has also withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.)

From the American perspective, there are good reasons to disapprove of NAFTA. While the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has found that the “net overall effect of NAFTA on the U.S. economy appears to have been relatively modest, primarily because trade with Canada and Mexico accounts for a small percentage of U.S. GDP,” the fact remains that NAFTA has had a serious and devastating impact on American workers. As the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) points out, NAFTA “caused the loss of some 700,000 jobs as production moved to Mexico. Most of these losses came in California, Texas, Michigan, and other states where manufacturing is concentrated.” More…  

Doran Hunter

Not even a month after Trump’s unexpected election victory, the nature of his administration continues to reveal itself as more vicious and dangerous, even sinister, than any other. His program is clearly an expression of the will of America’s financial elite to enrich itself through all available means: rolling back environmental regulations and labor protections, gutting essential social programs, slashing corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthy, embarking on a massive military build-up to threaten nations who stand in the way, and, most ominously, waging war. As is plain to see in the appeals of the administration to the military and police—Trump reportedly wanted to roll tanks and other mechanized weaponry down the inaugural parade route—the massive social opposition that has already begun to appear to the agenda, and will surely intensify, will be met with police-state repression. More…  

Louis Rose

I’m going to have to stop reading the news.

Apparently the Trump administration ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the climate change page from its website. But since that was too palpably Orwellian, they backed off. From this point, however, before any mere scientist publishes his or her findings on the question of climate change, the material will first have to be reviewed by administration political apparatchiks. More…  


Kirk G. Morrison

There has never been a modern Presidential candidate – and now president – quite like Donald Trump. Even allowing for historical differences in the depth and breadth of media coverage, we’ve never had a mainstream party nominee who has made the kind of statements he has. For just a few “highlights,” he said at his campaign kickoff that immigrants from Mexico were criminals and rapists. That one comment alone may have ended many bids for office right in the starting gate. But the brash celebrity real-estate developer went on to opine that a recent standard bearer of the party for which he sought the nomination was not a hero because he had been a prisoner of war.  More…




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