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God REALLY is neither a Democrat NOR a Republican HT @BrianMerritt #OWS #OccupyChurch

September 07, 2012 By: Theoblogical Category: Occupy Theology, OWS, Theoblogical

I totally agree with my friend Brian here:

In the end if they break ways with Christ’s teachings we are required to break with them as well and speak truth in love

And saying such things just scares the bejeebies out of so many of my “secular” friends.  They just can’t seem to grasp the idea that the “theocracy” ideas of the Religious Right are not what one is necessarily proposing in speaking of following Christ’s teachings rather than political parties.  I want to say something like “Be not afraid”,  but the American political ideology that says “Separation of Church and State” seems to require of them that they eschew any traces of “religious ideology” when considering politcal policy.  My attempts to steer them off of this course of thinking,  or to try to explain how such a sharp separation is not feasible (except to those who claim they have no such “religious problems”– to which I try to argue that no matter how “detached” and “rational” they claim to be,  their “politics” is also based in spiritual/social values that they will insist are not “religious” in nature  — but they ARE.  )

And so I find myself hesitating to say this often enough (things such as what Brian has said here,  and tweeted just prior to his post going up).   I’m afraid it may pigeon-hole me in  the eyes of certain political tweeters who follow me.  I can only hope that they read into just a few of the details.

I noticed just within the last hour that @james_ka_smith was having to explain to a tweeter that he was NOT Republican, assumed by that tweeter since Smith had no doubt said something “un-euphoric” about Obama.  This euphoria was all over Twitter last night,  as well as on MSNBC.   I watch MSNBC,  but it’s been immensely harder lately.  The blind spots are glaring even brighter than they usually are.

I sure wish we could talk about this in the churches.  But it is as about as TABOO to take ANY side whatsoever,  even a non-partisan one that would get up the dander of the defenders of the “beloved” (such as Obama)  being questioned.

Maybe I should try to set up such a conversation where we can talk about what the church we inhabit needs to be saying to the powers that be,  or talk about the question of just how to do that.

My title of this  post is based on a bumber sticker that I got from Sojourners back in 2004.  But I differ somewhat from the way one often hears it discussed by Sojourners writers.  While I find much , much more in common in terms of what we see the Gospels telling us about the merits of political platforms and discourse,  I am somewhat less enamored with the political process as it exists in America than I find in m any (but not all) Sojourners articles/speeches.


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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-11-08

November 08, 2011 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

  • Complicated #OWS qtns: "Protesters can no more forbid certain visitors than police can ban protesters". #
  • George Lakoff on #OWS "Frame yourselves before others frame you". #
  • Lakoff: "Democratic gov' is about The Public & the liberty that it provides for a thriving Private Sphere". #
  • Lakoff: "#OWS movement is moral in nature; that occupiers want the country to change its moral focus". #
  • Prev. Lakoff tweet not quite what I would say. It's rather THIS particular sweep of radical conservatism that is most damaging. #OWS #
  • Lakoff: #OWS protests the disastrous effects coming from operating w/a conservative economic, & politcal worldview". #
  • Lakoff:"Corp'tns exist 2 make it better4most ppl. Their reason 4existing is as public as it is private". #
  • G.Lakoff: "The role of gov't is 2 protect & empower all citizens equally via The Public". #
  • Scoffers at #OccupyWallStreet #OWS & any other major city ie. #Occupynashville , go & talk with them . Know SOMETHING of which u speak/troll #
  • #OWS "scruffy"? "U should've seen me(& more of media's bosses than U can imagine) in '68" @JeffJarvis. #
  • "What's happening (ala #OWS is an attempt to define a new public, now that we can." @JeffJarvis. #
  • "#OWS is about institu'nal failure. & so it is appropo that it is not run as an institut'n" @JeffJarvis. #
  • — a river of news about #occupywallstreet #
  • police ordered prot'ters 2 leave s'walk,"UR block'g ped'trn traffic"
    Reply: "We ARE pedest'rn traffic." #
  • Jonathan Demme and Jem Cohen Occupy Wall Street with New Doc Shorts > Anthony Kaufman's ReelPolitik. #
  • @DaAngryEngineer I guess a good aggregator could also make for a good marketing approach..appropo for this mv'mt #ows #OccupyNashville #
  • @DaAngryEngineer rather than a marketing firm, a good aggregator of "people generated content" (aka "Open Source") #ows #OccupyNashville #
  • 10-11-11 Jeff Sharlet: Occupy Wall Street Shows an "Incredible Display of Political Imagination" @democracynow #
  • RT @JeffSharlet: Occupy IS diff'nt than most stories. If it had a platform, Ucould stand aside. It doesn't. It's ab't the soup we're all in. #
  • again: Stiglitz on "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%" and GOP Budget. See part 1 AND 2. #
  • RT @JeffSharlet: Better than biased: transparent. And the Occupy movement doesn't really give a journalist any other choice. #
  • Naomi Klein @OccupyWallStreet @OWS 10-06-2011 – YouTube. #
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winning economist, talks to Occupy Wall Street Protest. #
  • re: prev tweet. And our m'stream media has utterly failed us as well. Educate yourself Mainstream media, b4 you claim to B informing US #
  • "'What do these people want?' If U have 2 ask, ladies & gents, then you're not paying attention" #ows #
  • "saw a sign that read: 'I am large, I contain multitudes.' That was when I just lost it and stood there and wept." #ows #
  • "here's why I burst into tears at the Occupy Wall Street camp" by Francine Prose. #
  • abhor this condescension toward the diveristy of the 99% (which includes the homeless, the hippy, the unemployed & articulate & notsomuch) #
  • so ticked at #OWS haters and trolls who are so upTheirNoses at the 99%. Yes, there are people unlike you in the 99%. #
  • @DaAngryEngineer and I agree about the people. It just may not be "acceptable articulation of goals" this is gist of "open source" #ows #
  • That is, those who think they have read the Bible. You missed something rather germane to the Biblical message. #
  • To those who accept the discrediting distortions and lies of the right wing re: #ows you need to go have a talk with God & read the Bible #
  • #OccupyNashville Primary aims: End Corp' Personhood,Remove $ from Politics, Solidarity W/ #OWS #
  • We want 2b talking ab't Wall St & campaign finance reform. NOT about 1st Amendment rights. #
  • @mashable wrong link for #OccupyWallStreet ads artcile #
  • went down and spent 4 hours at #occupynashville last night. Video to come in coming days. #
  • Declaration of the Occupation of New York City #OccupyNashville #OWS. #
  • @DaAngryEngineer I guess the same could be said for Congress. What's their message? #OWS #OccupyNashville #
  • @RogerWolsey Very deserving, and we in the church need to say and see more of this. Thank YOU! #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-11-01

November 01, 2011 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

  • RT @jvoorhees Federal judge orders TN to stop arresting Occupy Nashville protesters. #
  • Tennessee GOP: Democrats are out of touch by defending the protesters // standing w/ 99% out of touch? #
  • GOPers Cry Uncle On Spending… When Cuts Hit Home. // Example of pure selfishness. Whatever affects ME. #
  • RT @thunderjones: Magistrate TomNelson : "I can find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza." #
  • Going to help video my son's partic'ptn in Zombie 5k run, may also drop by Legislative Plaza to check on #occupyNashville activity #
  • Yes! Judge says curfew at Legislative Plaza has no legal standing #occupynashville Releases protesters arrested at midnight #
  • RT @TheChristianLft: "Among .. arrest [ed] is [Nashville] Scene reporter Jonathan Meador.. covering the protests. " #
  • I know you're happy Tony Larussa, but Molina is no Johnny Bench, the hands down greatest catcher ever #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-10-25

October 25, 2011 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

  • Christian solidarity with #OccupyLondon #
  • Great post from @RogerWolsey :10 Things Christians Should Know & Do about the "Occupy" Protests. #
  • CBC apologizes (sort of) for O'Leary's remarks #
  • CBC's Kevin O'Leary shows his stuff is no match for the knowledge and sense of Chris Hedges. #
  • CBC Kevin O'Leary to CHedges: I didn't call U a nutcase, I called U a nutbar"// Oh, well , that's different. #
  • "We now have the most uneq'l dist'btn of wealth & income of any major, adv'd c'try on earth." BSanders via @RogerWolsey #
  • Getting tired of the regular season being Chris Johnson's training camp and pre-season. #
  • Facebook comments are excruciatingly slow to load on #
  • I hope I'm wrong, but its looking like another big zero day for CJohnson #
  • Lindsey Graham: Obama 'Failed' In Iraq. // Yeah, Obama put us there via lies and deception. What idiocy. #
  • The Foxification of CNN?// Scarier is the prospect of move toward tabloid that HLN has become. #
  • Foxification of CNN? // Seems more like adding bodies for "balance" so they can "Leave it There". #
  • On #GillmorGang @stevegillmor said John @Borthwick alerted to Gadaffi death when he noticed 50k going to @aljazeera #
  • @FF_ACCT OK. I thought you had changed @digitalboy to this one. #
  • Love this Video about : Occupy D.C: The revolution will be livestreamed – The Washington Post. #
  • Just finished @JeffSharlet 's latest book Sweet Heaven When I Die. Jeff certainly has an effective style in capturing the journey of ppl #
  • Dang iPhone "spellcheck" (@ Malco Theatre for The Ides of March w/ 4 others) #
  • Idea of March (@ Malco Theatre w/ 3 others) #
  • @FF_ACCT was this recent or another of those tweets from exactely a year ago? The Video is taken down #
  • Siegenthaler talk and reception to follow is last item of my work week for Library Information Technology Services. #
  • Waiting for John Siegenthaler to arrive who is delayed by minor fender bender trying to get to Vandy library #
  • About to hear John Siegenthaler (@ Central Library) #
  • Staff lunch (@ Mellow Mushroom w/ 2 others) #
  • @OsborneInk: p0pkult: Did you know celery is nature's toothbrush for your colon?”// ow! Sounds Ike it could be painful #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-10-18

October 18, 2011 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

  • @jonestony : The Evangelical Rejection of Reason –”//they kill me blaming evangelicalism #
  • from House: Wilson: "you can't take money from sick people". House: "What is this, Canada? All we do is take money from sick people" LOL #
  • Homers flying in Milwaukee…6 with one out inthe top of the3rd inning #
  • RT @Frank_Schaeffer: read this! // Agreed! Good analysis to back #OWS by Krsitof #
  • Churches that remain completely silent on this matter of the rich grabbing more and more of the share are becoming increasingly irrelevant #
  • Inequality as we have in the U.S. is a THEOLOGICAL issue. Sorry, right wing. It's the Bible that tells us so. #occupywallstreet #
  • Kristof: "inequality is also a cancer on our national well-being." // We are connected, ALL of us. #
  • "countries grow more rapidly when incomes are more equal & slow down when incomes are skewed". #
  • Kristof: "The banks have gotten away with privatizing profits and socializing risks". #
  • Pre work chill (@ Starbucks) #

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