The trick is when white politicians persuade poor white working class people that the source of their pain is people of color, immigrants and other scapegoats

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died trying to beat the trick. The trick is when white politicians persuade poor white working class people that the source of their pain is people of color, immigrants and other scapegoats. King recruited impoverished white residents of Appalachia, Latino farm workers from California and impoverished blacks from Mississippi. It was a Rainbow Coalition before the term was even coined. Organizers for a “new Poor People’s Campaign” and the Fight for $15 movement will launch rallies across the mid-South to raise awareness of the plight of the nation’s poor. The campaign is calling for thousands of cooks and cashiers to walk off their jobs Monday and join protests in two dozen cities.

Source: A pastor helps revive MLK’s most radical campaign – CNN

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Christian nationalism, a belief supported by Dominion theology, wants an American Christian theocracy

Christian nationalism is the false belief that America is a Christian nation, a belief supported by Dominion theology. It is a radical right wing movement composed of Christian extremists that want to rewrite American history, and replace the secular values upon which this nation was founded with a Christian theocracy.

Source: Trump Promotes Christian Nationalism At National Prayer Breakfast

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There’s got to be a better way to engage Jesus’ teachings in the 21st century

We don’t have to push each other away. We can actually come together in our differences. We come together to practice connection, contemplation, critical thinking, creativity, and compassionate action for the common good. Our gatherings emphasize building friendships over a meal and having deep conversations about topics that transform the way we see the world while inspiring us all to live peacefully with more beauty, wholeness, passion, urgency, and love.

The Way Collective is a new movement in Santa Barbara, CA, and is a community for people looking to unite by living well for the common good in an increasingly divisive world.

Source: Way Collective

 

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I am Mennonite, and we are Racist

“Segregation is one face of racism. The Mennonite tradition perpetuates through family. It shows charity to the outsider, but does not necessarily allow the outsider to be included unless they assimilate into everything – the faith, the culture, the family traditions. Despite being a people who endlessly preach peace and justice, who claim to be fighting against the evils of prejudice, most of us aren’t even aware how complicit we are with our own racism. I need transformation. We all do.”

Source: I am Mennonite, and we are Racist | Pastors in Exile

Pastors in Exile (PiE) is an Anabaptist-rooted movement of community pastors outside of church walls. We believe that church is evolving into something beyond just a specific community in a specific place at a specific time. Everyone who seeks to join God’s loving and transforming work in the world is invited to be a pastor in exile with us.

Follow them on Twitter at: @pastorsinexile.

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Anti-party parties will be the death of established parties

Rather than fully aligning our movements with preexisting political categories, there is strength in poaching from across the left-right political spectrum. We must position our movements as protest parties — anti-party parties — whose ascension will be the death of established parties.

Source: Occupy and Black Lives Matter failed. We can either win wars or win elections | Micah White | Opinion | The Guardian

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A Morality that Looks Like Jesus

“Thousands of grassroots movements are emerging across the country, all focused on turning our national soul to a morality that looks like the heart of Jesus. Somebody’s hurting our brother, somebody’s hurting our sister, somebody’s hurting our children, and we won’t–we can’t–be silent anymore.”

Source: 7 Highlights of a Morality that Looks Like Jesus – Red Letter Christians

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If you didn’t like the Christian right, you’ll really hate the post-Christian right

“The religious leaders who most readily endorsed Trump were representatives of two of the Christian ‘heresies’ overtaking traditional Christianity in America: the Prosperity Gospel and the religion of American nationalism. All over Europe, and increasingly America, we see the post-Christian right turning into a nationalist, or even ethno-nationalist, movement. A secularized America is going to have a much more extreme right wing, but also a much more extreme left wing, and fewer ways for them to interact and talk.” — Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Source: If you didn’t like the Christian right, you’ll really hate the post-Christian right

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is a writer and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes about religion, culture, politics, economics, business and technology. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/pegobry.

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Europe’s secularism long ago replaced Christianity

“The overwhelming reality of 21st-century Christianity is that it is non-white — and growing more so. By 2050 one of every three Christians will be African. Manifestly Europe has entered a post-Christian era. But its Christianity was not killed by outsiders coming in. This was death by suicide. If Europe’s Islamic population threatens anything, it is the cramped and arid secularism that long ago replaced Christianity as the continent’s reigning creed and is so plainly ill-equipped to meet today’s challenge.”

Source: Christianity is the new black as rightwing movements turn secular

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“Legislating morality” was not a platform for Jesus or the apostles

“The far right of the evangelical movement in the United States has a highly organized campaign to impose biblical law on every aspect of American society. As the church becomes more aggressive and militant in its political cause, this may precipitate a seizing of religious freedom. Jesus had very little to say about the political power of His day. “Legislating morality” was not a platform for Jesus or the apostles in their ministry in the good news of Christ.” — Paul Vieira

See: Jesus Has Left the Building

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The loudest voices are defining who Christians are

“In an increasingly post-Christian culture fewer people have contact with real Christians. We’ve hidden ourselves in a Christian sub-culture bubble. As a result only ‘the loudest voices are defining who we are’. Only when we have real contact with people in the culture where love and friendship can be established will we change their perceptions of the church.” — Dan Kimball

See: Live from Shift: Bursting the Christian Bubble: Dan Kimball calls us back into the world.

Dan Kimball is an author and was a leading voice in the beginning years of the Emerging Church movement in the USA. Much of Kimball’s writings question the existing forms of church and their effectiveness in an increasingly post-Christian culture.

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America has been governed by the heavy hand of white nationalism before

“For generations of black Americans, the United States between the end of Reconstruction, around 1876, and the triumphs of the civil rights movement in the early 1960s was a fascist state. Local and federal governments enforced an authoritarian regime that curtailed the movements and advancement of black Americans, and black Americans only. America has been governed by the heavy hand of white nationalism before.” — Ezekiel Kweku and Jane Coaston

See: Fascism Has Already Come To America

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Democrats, like Republicans, have no interest in genuine reform

“No movement or political revolution will ever be built within the confines of the Democratic Party. And the repeated failure of the American left to grasp the duplicitous game being played by the political elites has effectively neutered it as a political force. The Democrats, like the Republicans, have no interest in genuine reform. They are wedded to corporate power.” — Chris Hedges

Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor at Princeton University, author of several New York Times best-sellers, and Presbyterian minister. See: Bernie Sanders’ Phantom Movement

Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/chrislynnhedges

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Trump and prosperity preachers

“Trump and prosperity preachers don’t see money as something you don’t have to be afraid of. Everyone makes fun of Trump for being garish. But both have theologies that justify and baptize the wealth they accrue. This is the culmination of several decades of building political capital within the prosperity gospel movement.” — Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler is an expert on the prosperity gospel and author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel. Read the full story: An Ultra-Capitalist Christian Sect Is Taking Center Stage At The RNC, Thanks To Donald Trump

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Evangelical movement has forfeited moral authority

“The evangelical movement has, in my view, forfeited any future moral authority in American public life.” — Mark DeMoss

Mark DeMoss, a public relations executive with strong ties to the American evangelical community, resigned in the wake of disagreement with other executive committee members over his public criticism of President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s personal endorsement of Donald Trump. He had had been the chairman of the executive committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees. Liberty University is a private, non-profit Christian university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and located in Lynchburg, Virginia. DeMoss also served as a senior advisor for Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

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Evangelicals must not bear the mark of Trump

“Trumpism, at its root, involves contempt for, and fear of, outsiders—refugees, undesirable migrants, Muslims, etc. By associating with this movement, evangelicals will bear, if not the mark of Cain, at least the mark of Trump.” —  Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and served as President George W. Bush’s chief speechwriter. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/MJGerson.

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