Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hillary, Sunday School Teacher



When dt said about Hillary Rodham Clinton, "She's the devil," he knew not whereof he spoke.

Once again.

Historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez has documented the role of faith in Hillary's life.

See this link from EEWC-Christian Feminism Today:

https://eewc.com/linkoftheday/what-role-does-faith-play-in-hillary-clintons-commitment-to-public-service/

Among other things, Hillary has taught Sunday school at her Methodist church.

"...[S]he devoted an entire chapter of her first book, It Takes a Village, to the importance of faith," reports EEWC.com.

In her second book, Hard Choices, she quotes the Wesleyan mantra, ‘Do all the good you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can,’

Last I heard, that was not the devil's motto.

#canyouhearusnow



Hooray!  May Muslim women bring down dt's campaign for president.

http://religionnews.com/2016/08/01/muslim-women-adjust-the-volume-canyouhearusnow-trump/

I applaud the Twitter campaign to counter the notion that all Muslim women are oppressed and silent.

As a professor teaching women & religion, I tried to show my students Muslim women who were powerful and self-affirming.

Wearing the hijab or choosing not to speak before thousands about the death of one's son is not a sign of weakness.

#canyouhearusnow

US election "rigged"?

dt is afraid.  Very afraid.

"I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged," he said at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio.

The biggest loser is already giving excuses for why he may lose the presidential election on November 8.

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-36950083

The degree to which dt distrusts the US electoral system is just astounding.  That is not the first time he has made such statements.

The time to complain is afterward with proof.  Al Gore had plenty of reason to complain about the handling of votes cast for him in Florida in 2000 and about the Supreme Court decision that gave the presidency to George Bush.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_v._Gore

But Al Gore didn't go around whining about the process being "rigged."  He accepted America's best attempt to be fair in a close presidential contest.  He chose national unity over his own welfare.

Here we have a presidential candidate complaining before the fact without proof.  It is so mean-spirited.

Like his words in a Pennsylvania rally about his rival Hilary Rodham Clinton:  "She is the devil."

Has any presidential candidate ever said that about his opponent--ever??  No.

At another rally in Pennsylvania, he took the unprecedented step of directly calling Mrs Clinton "the devil".

How can we possibly endure another three months and 6 days of dt mouthing off?

May the days hasten and shorten until the time we can bury dt as an embarrassing footnote to American history.



Tribute to Humayun Khan



It's heart-breaking to learn about Humayun Khan's heroic life and early death defending his fellow soldiers in Iraq in 2004.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-you-need-to-know-about-khizr-khan-son-captain-humayun-khan/

It's still more heart-breaking to hear that he and his family have been disrespected by the Republican candidate for president of the United States of America.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/31/politics/donald-trump-khizr-khan-family-controversy/

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/roger-stone-donald-trump-khizr-khan-muslim-brotherhood-agent

Thank you to Hillary Clinton for honoring him and inviting his parents to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016.

In her introductory tribute video before Khizr Khan's speech at the 2016 DNC -- Hillary Clinton stated with confidence: "If you want to see the best of America, you need look no further than Army Captain Humayan Khan."

Said candidate also criticized Humayun's mother for not speaking at the convention--suggesting she was "not allowed to speak."  

Ghazala Khan spoke out against this charge in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post.  She said words were not necessary on that stage to convey her pain: 

 "Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart."

http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/humayun-khans-mother-responds-to-trump-in-this-op-ed-1438555

Friday, July 29, 2016

HIllary's Home Stretch



Hillary Rodham Clinton now has the nomination of the Democratic Party for president of the US in the 2016 election.

It's been a long couple of years--or decades--leading to this day.

May she hold up during August, September, and October and win the election on November 8, 2016.

Monday, July 25, 2016

God alone is great

I loved the prayer by Rabbi Julie Schonfeld at the opening night of the Democratic Convention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzUQHBmXO9wI


"God who is great, mighty and awesome in a season so filled with chatter of who is great and what is great and what shall be great-- 
Let us remember Scripture's clear, simple explanation of greatness: God is the great, the mighty and the awesome--for God defends the cause of the widow and the orphan and loves the stranger residing among you...."

Her prayer brought me to tears.

What a witness!  

May we all remember this true definition of greatness and not be fooled into seeking bombastic greatness or military greatness.

http://forward.com/news/346062/why-rabbi-julie-schonfeld-saw-lot-of-familiar-faces-at-historic-dnc-benedic/

http://www.jta.org/2016/07/27/news-opinion/politics/at-dnc-rabbis-and-a-14-year-old-draw-from-scripture-to-rebuke-donald-trump 

Many thanks to this beautiful rabbi from White Plains, New York, for leading us all to remember the only One who is truly great--our Creator--and to follow Scripture as we measure greatness in our political candidates.

Note about her:  Julie Schonfeld is the first female rabbi to serve in the chief executive position of an American rabbinical association, having been named the executive vice president of the Conservative movement's Rabbinical Assembly in 2008.

Another note: Bernie Sanders supporters booed the opening prayer by the Reverend Cynthia Hale when she mention Clinton's name in her prayer.  See the commentary by David Gibson of the Religious News Service:

http://religionnews.com/2016/07/26/who-boos-an-opening-prayer-the-berniacs-of-2016-thats-who/

Gibson writes:


Then again, Schonfeld, a leader in the Conservative Jewish movement, never mentioned Clinton. And she delivered what was the most biblically profound meditation of the day-old convention — with perhaps a sidelong dig at Trump, who party leaders hope will emerge as the one true opponent by week’s end:
“In a season so filled with chatter of ‘Who is Great’ and ‘What is Great’ and ‘What Shall Be Great,’
Let us remember Scripture’s clear, simple explanation of greatness:
God is the great, the mighty and the awesome,
For God defends the cause of the widow and the orphan,
And loves the stranger residing among you.
This is God’s greatness and this is the greatness the American people must strive to imitate.”

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Deporting children who are rape victims

Elena from Honduras


Young girls are raped by gang members and forced to work for them--but when they flee with their family to the US, they are deported back to their home countries.

Read this heart-breaking report by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/opinion/sunday/were-helping-deport-kids-to-die.html

This is the policy of our government, approved by President Obama, who in general tries to improve immigration policy.

But refugees like Elena from Honduras are deported even though their lives and safety are in danger.

We bear some of the guilt for these policies.  

We must change things for Elena.