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Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Featured, Hot Topics, Politics | 0 comments

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

  On Friday, August 25, while the nation watched as an increasingly more powerful hurricane barreled towards the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump released two controversial directives aimed at vulnerable communities in our country: the ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces and the pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As a cisgender man, I cannot speak to the experience of my trans friends and colleagues, but as a Latino I can imagine that some of their feelings were similar to mine at the pardon of Arpaio – the feeling...

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Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics, Politics | 0 comments

Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

I’ve spent a great deal of time this past week thinking about the Presidential election and the fallout from it. Like many in America, I am reeling from the uncertainty that this election has fostered. Before I get into my assessment of the situation and outline a course of action, I want to revisit an ancient story that very much parallels what we’re going through right now. Enter Queen Esther. If you’re not especially familiar with the story of Esther in the Old Testament, let me provide a brief synopsis: Xerxes was the King of...

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Dear rich gay white man at the RNC…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

Dear rich gay white man at the RNC…

Dear rich gay white man, I see you. I saw you on that stage tonight. Your incessant need for reassurance and acceptance by the very same people who would strip you of your rights if they could; it’s fooled you into thinking you’re one of them. I saw your education, your haircut, your suit, your whiteness, your privilege. They saw your money and influence. But if they saw you on the street corner working for a warm room and $20 you would be nothing but another well-deserved HIV case. If they saw you in the high school lunch room being picked...

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God, Guns, and our Presidential Candidates

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Featured, Politics | 4 comments

God, Guns, and our Presidential Candidates

Whether we like it or not, violence is a part of our daily lives. We see it daily in the multitude of news sources we have today. We watch it addictively on television and in the movies. We even celebrate violence in the form of sports that leave their participants with major physical repercussions for the rest of their lives. Don’t get me wrong, when I say “we” I include myself. This is not meant to be preaching at anyone, but simply a statement of what is so. I enjoy a great many of the activities listed above, too, so I am not trying to...

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God & the Presidential Candidates: Sanders vs Trump

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

God & the Presidential Candidates: Sanders vs Trump

Politicians court religious voters. That’s a given. Many claim their positions directly reflect religious values. In this series on “God & the Presidential Candidates,” we’ll take a look at some of the candidates’ sound bites and talking points, and see how they compare with Judeo-Christian values rooted in the Bible. Chris Anderson takes the first look, comparing Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on the issues of Gay Marriage, Foreign Policy/Immigration, and the Women’s Rights.   “Feel the Bern” vs....

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Flat Taxes sound fair, but they’re really a scheme to benefit the Rich.

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

Flat Taxes sound fair, but they’re really a scheme to benefit the Rich.

You know it is that time of the election cycle when the flat-taxers come out in force trying to convince the poor and middle class that they would be better off paying the same low rate as hedge fund managers and Paris Hilton. They make specious claims about revenue neutrality (or increases!) and broadening of the tax base (to people earning less than poverty wages). In reality, the party that wants to drown society in a bathtub is not about to give the government more money, nor are they about to piss of the Koch brothers by increasing their...

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The Politics of Personal Gain. How the GOP turned running for President into another way to become rich and famous.

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

The Politics of Personal Gain. How the GOP turned running for President into another way to become rich and famous.

  Something interesting happened in the last Presidential election. 2008 ushered in a new era in the devolution of the Republican Party: the politics of personal gain, a phenomenon unwittingly stumbled upon by no less than the great accidental strategist, Sarah Palin. And although she was incapable of naming a single source of information to draw policy analysis from, she was quick to understand that her “folksy, straight-talking” façade played well with a base that sees the world in black and white. They weren’t interested in elaborate...

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“Reparative Therapy”? AGAIN? Nooooo….

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in FreedHearts, Politics | 0 comments

“Reparative Therapy”? AGAIN? Nooooo….

  The Texas GOP has added so-called “reparative therapy” to its new platform. How out-to-lunch, out of touch, or else plain-out hateful do you have to be to think this is a good idea? How selfish, obtuse, blind and cruel does one have to be? This country is not a giant family where “father knows best,” and can impose whatever standard he wants for his children, and hope they don’t take off in the middle of the night. This country is not a giant church where the “people in charge” are going to...

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Capitalism – I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

Capitalism – I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Capitalism, in theory, depends on the theory of free markets, that is, markets where buyers and sellers are free to enter into any arrangement and there is no oversight from any authority, democratically elected or not. These free markets depend on the concept that markets self-regulate; essentially, they act in good faith and behave well because to not do so is economically disadvantageous. But, this whole paragraph is bullshit and is the foundation for capitalist propaganda in continuum from the start of the industrial period until the...

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Legalizing Discrimination in the name of Christianity

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in CULTURE SAVVY, Featured, Politics | 0 comments

Legalizing Discrimination in the name of Christianity

For years, anti-gay politicians and religious impersonators have been warning their followers that “the gays” want to put preachers in jail, and that LGBT equality will allow the gays to fully and legally intimidate, bully, and discriminate against good Christians. A new flurry of bills throughout the country has tipped their cards to the rest of us — and the reality of their goals is nothing short of horrifying. While these professional bigots do all they can to convince us that the gays are the danger, they’re working hard to...

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