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#261 Posted : Sunday, July 8, 2018 11:38:57 PM
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Some people inn the GOP seem to think if you lie about something repeatedly, it suddenly becomes "wisdom"!

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#262 Posted : Monday, December 10, 2018 7:33:46 PM
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So, you want to put Christ back into Christmas?


The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#263 Posted : Friday, March 8, 2019 8:21:30 PM
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The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#264 Posted : Friday, July 24, 2020 8:01:31 PM
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Trump Christians seem to follow a different Christ!

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#265 Posted : Friday, December 4, 2020 9:55:06 PM
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Put Christ back in Christian!

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#266 Posted : Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:17:37 PM
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Just a suggestion...

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#267 Posted : Sunday, January 31, 2021 8:16:06 PM
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Think about this for a minute... Trumpettes including Paulwhut STILL carry on about e-mails and four dead Americans at Benghazi. Yet now we have FIVE dead Americans during the insurrection in Washington DC and what do we hear?

The Democrats are tearing us apart, we have to move on and stop dwelling in the past, after all, it was more than three WEEKS ago! How can the nation move forward by looking backward? Trying to hold people accountable is a partisan attack on our Democracy!
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#268 Posted : Monday, February 1, 2021 10:57:48 PM
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When Your God is a Gun

Christian.

To paraphrase a wise man, “They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.”

Every day my timeline is filled with God and Gun Christians.

The two words are frequently given the same place of adoration.

They are spoken of with kindred reverence.

They are allotted equal fervor.

God. Gun.

Those two words are used with such similar frequency on their social media bios, and often so tethered together in their conversations and in their sermons that they are inextricable.

And what you realize if you pay attention, is that the God and the gun have been conflated: that they really only worship one of those; that only one has their hearts.

Whenever I see these posturing professed disciples of a heat-packin’ deity, whether friends, strangers, influencers, or politicians, I don’t need to know anything about them to be certain of one thing about them: they have no idea who Jesus is.

They may have an image on their wall or in their heads that they worship; one burned into their psyches by brimstone-breathing preachers and angry older relatives and NRA ad campaigns—but it sure as heck ain’t Jesus of Nazareth.

It is not the gentle, compassionate, open-hearted, non-violent rabbi Jesus who shunned retributive violence, who warned against eye-for-an-eye myopia, who preached the blessing of peace toward the world—and who allowed himself to be unfairly arrested and beaten and murdered, to show that love is the last, loudest word.

I feel deep sorrow for these people, because I see the scalding fear that they mistake for spiritual passion; the perverted narrative that plays in their heads that tells them danger lurks around every corner; the paradox of a God who protects them and yet compels them to strap a weapon to themselves because that God likely won’t.

What does it say about your faith or about the character of the God you profess that faith in, that you must be armed at all times: at the grocery store or picking up your child at day care—or the halls of Congress?

How do you reconcile a supreme and loving Creator you supposedly trust enough to go maskless in a deadly pandemic, but not enough to leave a weapon at home when you go to your son’s little league game?

What kind of exhausting theological gymnastics do you need to do, to make any kind of sense of that inside your head?

What horrible story do you tell yourself about the world, about humanity, about the love you claim holds it all together?

The life and teachings of Jesus are antithetical to gun worship. That’s just the truth.

There’s simply no reasonable way to align the posturing, pistol-packin’ antagonistic bravado of Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene—and the love your enemies, turn the other cheek, steady gentleness of their Christian namesake.

I know they’d like to believe otherwise—the only trouble is, Jesus.

He will not consent to it.

He will not allow them to violently beat their plowshares into swords and bastardize the work he did and the words he spoke, regardless of how tough it makes them feel when they do.

Christian, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been taught that these two things are compatible,
how often your pastors and friends have ratified it,
how many t-shirts you wear on your profile pic,
how many bumper stickers you slap on your back window next to your gun rack—
they will never be yoked together and they can never be held tightly with the same hands.

Until professed Christians decide they’re going to lead with gentleness and not contempt,
until they choose to actually read the Gospels and allow them to soften their hearts, and until they can find a faith that doesn’t require military-grade backup—they will continue to weaponize religion into something that doesn’t resemble Jesus and use it to wound other people.

When your God is a gun, you’ll never be at peace.
When your God is a gun, you’ll never be God’s peace to others.
When your God is a gun, the love of God won’t live long in you.

Choose your God wisely.

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#269 Posted : Saturday, December 25, 2021 6:00:26 PM
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Much to the chagrin of some white people...

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#270 Posted : Friday, January 14, 2022 7:55:06 PM
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Donald Trump is heavily supported by American evangelicals and they actually believe God sent him! Trump's god is not YHWH, he thinks he has no need to beg forgiveness or for salvation through Jesus Christ.

Most Trump supporters seem to support being heavily armed with semi-automatic weapons. They proudly wrap themselves in the American flag holding a Bible in one hand and a semi-automatic rifle designed for war in the other.

Trump's armed supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of an election, a violent act of sedition even though they claim to be patriots and Christian, nothing could be further from the truth as we witnessed on January 6, 2021.



Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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