Category Archives: Religion and politics

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Did Israel Have the “Right” to Kill This Child?

by James M. Wall  “Israel has the right to defend itself” was the Orwellian doublespeak Israel used to justify its latest invasion of Gaza, carried out at the same time as its under-reported increased military action inside the West Bank. President Obama, eagerly joined by … Continue reading

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“Zionism Unsettled”: Neither False Nor Misguided

by James M. Wall The battle has begun over Zionism Unsettled. The Christian Century opened round one by publishing an attack on Zionism Unsettled, a study guide developed for the study of Zionism, a secular ideology formed in the 19th century, which has … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Plans Second Visit to Jerusalem

by James M. Wall Pope Francis currently plans to visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, May 24-26. This will be his second trip to Jerusalem. The Pope’s first visit was 41 years ago. On that trip, he arrived in Jerusalem in October, 1973, … Continue reading

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Israeli Aggression Leaves Little Hope for Peace

by James M. Wall The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. That conflict began on July 28, 1914. It did not end until November 11, 1918. Keep those dates in mind because … Continue reading

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Netanyahu’s Flawed Vatican Charm Offensive

by James M. Wall With the U.S. Congress safely in his back pocket, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned his charm offensive on the Vatican. How is that working out for him? It does not look promising. The Prime … Continue reading

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At Boston Interfaith Service, Obama Calls for Justice and Compassion

by James M. Wall (UPDATE BELOW) A Boston Marathon Interfaith memorial service, “Healing Our City”, was held at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday, April 18. It was a service that concluded with remarks delivered by President Barack Obama. The … Continue reading

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CUFI and the Ugly Face of Hagel’s Opposition

by James M. Wall This nation’s foreign policy is, for this weekend at least, in the pious hands of John Hagee, a  Christian fundamentalist preacher from Texas. To be sure, Hagee is not the only policy-shaker whose minions are roaming … Continue reading

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Election Could Push Israel Further To The Right

by James M. Wall Israel’s 19th general election, Tuesday, January 22, is almost certain to be won by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. There is no serious Liberal election opposition to Likud. What is serious, however, is the very … Continue reading

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New York Times Flacks for Jewish Groups Against 15 Major Christian Leaders

by James M. Wall You have to know American Jewish leaders are really riled up when they call on the New York Times to flack for them against 15 leaders of Christian churches who had the audacity to send a letter … Continue reading

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What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul

by James M. Wall When the gavel fell on the Episcopalian convention, July 10, three major U.S. Protestant denominations had formally ended their 2012 discussions on how much religious support they were willing to give Palestinians under occupation. The most charitable answer … Continue reading

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