Category Archives: Religion and politics

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White Evangelicals Stifle Own Values For Trump

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Trump’s Racism “is a tragedy in a man and a disaster in a president

by James M, Wall Say this about President Trump: His unfettered outbursts of vulgarity show no signs of being planned. They just erupt from the man as a revelation of who he is. In the film, The Best Man, Henry … Continue reading

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That UN Vote: “How are the mighty fallen”

Thirty-five nations abstained, and 21 countries did not cast a vote. The eight countries voting with the United States were Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. Continue reading

Posted in Middle East, Middle East Politics, Netanyahu, Obama, Palestinians, Religion and politics, Uncategorized, United Nations | 6 Comments

Hillary, Bernie, AIPAC: A Stone Cries Out

by James M. Wall Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were among the invitees to the 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting which this  year happened to coincide with the start of Holy Week. I do not know if … Continue reading

Posted in Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Gaza, Hillary Clinton, Israel, Middle East, Middle East Politics, Palestinians, Politics and Elections, Religion and politics, Religious Faith | 9 Comments

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

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Middle East Politics, Politics in Religion, Presbyterian Church USA, Religion and politics | 10 Comments

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

Posted in Episcopal Church, John Kerry, Middle East, Middle East Politics, Netanyahu, Religion and politics, United Methodist Church, War | 8 Comments

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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