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The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism

The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On the eve of our government shutdown, I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the shutdown.
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This comment on this insight section was shared by Occupy the Marines on Facebook . I share the same concerns.  The article at this link is also a brief religious lesson from the left... and "Yes!" the left is full of true believers...Most Americans on the left are traditional Christians and stand with the left because they believe God says look after and love each other and that God allows freewill.  Many come from the other places and other religions of the world and value the American left's position because they treasure the ability to not be forced to be a faith or person they are not.

 

Those that profess to be atheist value the left for many of the same positions  also and to them the left represents their value of humanistic good, thoughtful, responsible, inclusive, and loving behavior.

 

The atheist on the right side (and yes, there are plenty of atheist on the right side) of politics value and support the morality of selfishness as proclaimed by the 20th century philosopher Ayn Rand. Oddly enough, Christians like Cruz seem to support her Virtues of Selfishness too. I am very hard pressed to see in the life and example of Christ any action that supports the "Virtues of Selfishness" which is the core base of the GOP, Popular Tea Party, libertarian ... take over of the Republican Party.

 

Rand would most likely be upset at how these people have  perverted her atheist values and proclaimed her “morality of selfishness” in a limited way. They only speak or their right to be rich and others poor and small government that will let them do what they want without consequences.  Libertarian was not a word Rand liked and objectivism  in her opinion was ,  pro-choice for women, live and let live when it came to gender choice and was the strongest do your own thing you are responsible to no one but yourself, selfishness, self-first, free-will choice that anyone has ever dared to push as a way of life for society. Many traditional Republicans are not comfortable with this but have a lot of rich powerful people that will attack them if they step out of line. This is not to say that Democrats don't have their own corporate controllers because many do and there in lies our problem.


 

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A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF PROSPERITY
The democrats are bribed, corrupt, and complicit, but the party of NO doesn't even try to hide it anymore. These 'people' are so dangerous ... they are the ones we were warned about. When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
"A more disturbing element of Cruz's speeches were his repeated calls for a "black robe regiment," a concept promoted by Christian revisionist historian David Barton who claims that clergy were the main backbone of the American Revolutionary War. Here's what Cruz had to say to the August 29th gathering of Heritage Action, the main (Koch Brothers) lobbyist group behind shutting down the federal government (planned since 2010):
"It was pastors who were the backbone of the Revolution. Did you know where Paul Revere was going when he was saying the British are coming? He was going to the home of a pastor by the name of Jonas Clark... [who] was one of many that were called the black robe regiment. These were pastors that wore long black robes. Many of them had the continental army uniform under the black robe. They would preach in church on Sunday and then go out and fight with half their congregation for our independence. I want to encourage our pastors today not to hide behind their pulpits but take the spirit of the black robe regiment."
So ... "To pull all this logic together, God anoints priests to work in the church directly and kings to go out into the marketplace to conquer, plunder, and bring back the spoils to the church. The reason governmental regulation has to disappear from the marketplace is to make it completely available to the plunder of Christian "kings" who will accomplish the "end time transfer of wealth." Then "God's bankers" will usher in the "coming of the messiah." The government is being shut down so that God's bankers can bring Jesus back. (They're saying) we don't need a government at all to make our society run; our church can be the new government."
God. Help. Us. All.

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Severe drought in California spreading at unprecedented rate

Severe drought in California spreading at unprecedented rate | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The drought in California is getting worse as more than half the state now suffers from the most severe drought conditions possible, according to a new report.
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9/11 Link To Saudi Arabia Is Topic Of 28 Redacted Pages In Government Report; Congressmen Push For Release

9/11 Link To Saudi Arabia Is Topic Of 28 Redacted Pages In Government Report; Congressmen Push For Release | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Bush administration locked up 28 pages of the 9/11 report that discussed the terrorists' links to Saudis. Now the public may get to see them.
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School Shooter Prevention Device Goes National

School Shooter Prevention Device Goes National | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
"The Sleeve" has already made sales to 22 states. Founder and teacher Daniel Nietzel says he is ready to do this full-time to help protect the kids.
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Data Delayed is Democracy Denied

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St. Luke’s, Rodale team up to grow organic food

St. Luke’s, Rodale team up to grow organic food | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Employees, patients and visitors at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus now have access to organic fruits and vegetables that are grown, literally, just outside their door.
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Mixing the modern and the traditional

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s a fasinatelAlmajiri boys RAG-CLAD boys, proffering plastic bowls and calling out for cash, line the streets of most big cities in Nigeria’s Muslim north. But they are not...

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This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.

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This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.

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Lawmakers renew push for medical marijuana in Georgia

Lawmakers renew push for medical marijuana in Georgia | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Georgia lawmakers are gearing up to re-introduce legalizing a form of medical cannabis for children next legislative session.
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Tyson’s Knock-Out

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Tell me, what did Neil DeGrasse Tyson do to be targeted by the wingnuts at National Review?
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Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.
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DC ban on carrying handguns is unconstitutional, federal judge says

DC ban on carrying handguns is unconstitutional, federal judge says | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In a landmark gun control case, a federal judge in Washington DC has overturned the city’s total ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it is unconstitutional.
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Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report

Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The report, along with a CIA rebuttal, is the most detailed accounting of a set of controversial interrogation, rendition and detention practices the CIA carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Senator McConnell: Federal ID Requirements Disenfranchise People Who Dislike EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule

Senator McConnell: Federal ID Requirements Disenfranchise People Who Dislike EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
by David Arkush
Next week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold field hearings in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., on the carbon pollution rule it proposed on June 2.
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U.S. evacuates Libyan embassy

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The State Department says that American embassy staff left Tripoli and traveled to Tunisia.
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Rep. Thomas Massie on 28 Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report: Shocking, But Won’t Hurt National Security if Released - Freedom Outpost

Rep. Thomas Massie on 28 Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report: Shocking, But Won’t Hurt National Security if Released - Freedom Outpost | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Along with families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) urged the president to declassify 28 pages from the 9/11 congressional investigation report, providing more information to the general public. "Based on my reading of the documents, I am confident that making …
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​Anonymous 'knocks out' Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive

​Anonymous 'knocks out' Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Hacker group Anonymous has reportedly taken down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest of Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. The ‘hacktivists’ have already targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop the “genocide.”
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Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety

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A leaked chapter of the secret US-EU trade negotiation known as the TTIP was released Thursday by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), along with an accompanying analysis which finds that public health and food safety could be imperiled if the text under negotiation becomes law.
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Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network Partner to Provide Organic Produce to to Patients, Staff and Visitors | Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network Partner to Provide Organic Produce to to Patients, Staff and Visitors | Rodale Institute | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Jon Snow Is Back From Gaza And Has Made This Emotional Appeal

Jon Snow Is Back From Gaza And Has Made This Emotional Appeal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Jon Snow, is back home from a visit to Gaza - an experience that has clearly had an effect on the veteran journalist.

In an emotional appeal, a visibly moved Snow calls for an end to the violence that has caused the deaths and wounding of so many ...
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The tightly packed area of the 8 miles deep and 18 miles long Gaza Strip holds close to 2 million people that are kept behind walls and have to go through Jewish check points to be allowed to leave the area.  Over 50% of those people are under 24. You can't have a war there without killing and injuring children when you have a ratio 1 of every 2 people is a child. That is 50% chance of hitting a young person. The average age of the Gaza Strip is 17. Pro-life shouldn't end at birth.

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Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally

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Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins.
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50 Israeli Reservists Refuse To Serve in Gaza War

50 Israeli Reservists Refuse To Serve in Gaza War | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation’s reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
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Headlines for July 24, 2014

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Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd TimeU.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War CrimesU.N.
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U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children

U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Across the theological spectrum, clergy are urging Americans to welcome the child migrants arriving from Central America, and many are providing services for them. (U.S.
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Thousands rally against Gaza strikes in London, Paris, Dublin, Tel Aviv

Thousands rally against Gaza strikes in London, Paris, Dublin, Tel Aviv | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched across London to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, carrying signs reading “Gaza: End the siege.” Rallies also took place in France, Ireland and Israel as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 1,000.
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Sick of corporate tax defections

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This week the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing entitled “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It!” where the focus was on the corporate tax maneuver called inversions.
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Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.
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