Basically, I don’t believe the US has anybody else to blame for its descent into full-scale fascism but its own damn self. Well, capitalists. Ok, I primarily blame capitalism.
Are pay bonuses a good idea?
"Of course, the package is altogether missing in the Gig Economy. Whether driving for Lyft, freelance writing, or teaching as an adjunct, so-called independent ...agents not only have no working rights, their wages are still depressed. So setting up full-time employment as the means towards these necessities rather than the state means that an increasing component of the working American society does not even have access to these bare necessities. That's even if they have enough money to survive every month's living and transportation expenses with a little left over for emergencies.
But the benefits package also serves another important function for these stank-dirty corporations: To make you feel grateful"
"We are committed to give meaning and significance to every person by God's help. Remembering our tendency to be prejudicial, as Christians we must grow in awar...eness of the rights and needs of others.
"Issues surrounding immigrants and refugees and modern slavery/human trafficking globally are complex. They require solutions that both serve the vulnerable and oppressed and also challenge individuals, organizations, and systems that create oppression and enslavement. These solutions include, but are not limited to: prayer, education, rescue, aftercare, proclamation, voting, protest, and an engaged discipleship that sees living justly as integral to spiritual and community formation.
"AS WE MINISTER TO ALL IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES, we do so with the basic underlying convictions:
A. We commit to the Biblical principle of caring for the foreigners among us regardless of racial or ethnic background, country of origin, or LEGAL STATUS.
B. We commit to acting redemptively with love rather than fear, and to reach out to meet needs as we see them.
C. We commit to identifying intolerance and working to end it, as well as ending any personal inclinations to refer to individuals in less than loving terms.
D. WHERE THERE IS CONFLICT, IT IS OUR DUTY TO OPPOSE ALL UNJUST AND HARSH LAWS AND TO SEEK TO CHANGE THEM.
E. We commit to responding to this crisis in terms of the Great Commission, seeking to reach the lost whoever they may be; ministering to all, caring for all, and showing God's grace to all people."
- 2011/2015 Book of Discipline of the Free Methodist Church, Para. 3221, pg. 48.
There are two fantastic, beautiful creation stories in the first chapters of Genesis and we're supposed to take them literally, right?
Yet Jesus repeatedly says that the rich cannot enter into heaven while he blessed and fed the poor. But that's metaphor?
What does it mean to be a Christian and a socialist in the West?
"The Holy Ghost of Liberation has not abandoned us, but hovers over the embers of past movements and fans their flames. It is up to us to look up and see the tongues of flame dancing above our heads, and to leave our locked room, speaking all kinds of languages, announcing that the God of the Poor is risen indeed!
A spectre is haunting the world–the Holy Ghost, the Spectre of Liberation. All the powers of the pr...esent age have entered into an unholy alliance to exorcise it: presidents and parliaments, bishops and governors, scientists and liberals, Wall Street and police departments. And yet, in blatant disregard for those who rage against it, in defiance of all who wish to tame it, in catastrophe for the rich and celebration for the poor, the Spirit blows wherever it chooses. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
As at the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the powers and principalities of this world fear the movement of the Spirit of Liberation. They, too, cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going, but they react out of paranoia and self-preservation, not trust and fidelity. Today, the wealthy and powerful take God’s name in vain to convince the oppressed that they are not their enemies, all the while insisting that their oppression is a matter of circumstance and chance rather than an intentional arrangement to benefit a small group of people."
Diane Feinstein opened the door to us being able to read what may be the first detailed revelations about the forthcoming results of Russia investigation. And it is meaty.
"No one dared to raise the possibility of regime change during the millions-led Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration, a clear (but respectable) sign of dissatisfaction with the current regime by a significant percentage of the population."
St Paul, in II Corinthians 8:
"For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written,
'The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who ...had little did not have too little.'"
Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program:
"From each according to ability to each according to need."
ijs, Commie Pinkos Wrote My Bible!