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Linda Seger

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The Religious Score Card

(11) Comments | Posted June 30, 2008 | 6:57 PM

Dr. James Dobson from Focus on the Family, and others of the very Conservative Christian Right, are losing their power. Not every Evangelical, or every former Republican, or every Christian, is allowing them to speak for them anymore. That's good news for all of us Christians, and everyone who isn't...

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Sorry, George, I Need More

(13) Comments | Posted February 11, 2008 | 11:07 PM

George W. is going to give us back some money in May -- perhaps as much as $300 or $600 or $1200. He thinks that this will make up for his failed economic policies. But isn't this similar to a giving a band-aid to a child who needs a $30,000...

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Explain to Me Again: When Will the War on Christmas Start?

(19) Comments | Posted December 22, 2007 | 2:31 PM

Bill O'Reilly has been saying that there's a war on Christmas going on. This has made me very tense, as I've tried to find weapons to prepare for the coming battle.

So far, everything has been quiet here in Colorado Springs - except for, of course, the tragic shooting at...

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What Might Be A Democratic and Christian Approach to Immigration?

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2007 | 3:50 PM

Jesus Rode a Donkey: Why the Republicans Don't Have a Corner on Christ

The Immigration issue is complex, since it has to balance the rights of citizens of the United States and of those who enter the U.S. legally, with the basic human rights of those...

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Yes, We Can Stop the Nastiness

(5) Comments | Posted November 20, 2007 | 3:48 PM

During the various Democratic Party Candidate debates, the Democrats have sounded remarkably uniform in terms of the over-all issues, and, perhaps even more importantly, remarkably respectful of each other. It has not been unusual to hear one candidate say of another, "I agree with what _____ has said, but I...

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Let's Kill Our Enemies in the Name of Christ

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2007 | 3:41 PM

Conservative and Evangelical Christian Republicans have remained some of the strongest supporters of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why? Some of the churches are training their youngest members to identify, objectify, and kill their enemies, through violent video games, although they insist they're just shooting pixels, not real people....

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How Do Liberals/Progressives Think About Poverty?

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2007 | 3:18 PM

Conservatives see the cure for poverty as relatively simple -- work if you're able, charity from the Church and help from the families. End of story!

Liberals and Progressives recognize that poverty is caused by many factors, and that we can't know how to alleviate it without some understanding...

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How Do Liberals and Progress Think... about Discrimination?

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2007 | 6:44 PM

A number of conservative (usually rich) Republicans have said that discrimination is a thing of the past, and that we should cut all affirmative action programs. In many cases, conservatives don't see the social structures that keep problems in place, but see problems as individual problems. Conservative Christians often say...

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How Liberals Think... About Abortion

(15) Comments | Posted July 26, 2007 | 5:52 PM

It seems to me that conservatives and liberals think differently - in politics as well as in religion. It isn't just a matter of coming to different conclusions, but we have different processes by which we reach conclusions.

Conservatives often differentiate them from us by staying that we are...

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Let's All Become Catholic, Or Else...

(11) Comments | Posted July 12, 2007 | 12:23 PM

When the present Pope made his seemingly anti-Muslim remarks some months ago, one might have thought that they were made out of naivete, or without proper input from advisors, or perhaps we all misinterpreted them. But now we know for sure his almost-kinda apology, and his comments about wanting better...

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The Wise or Foolish Rulers

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2007 | 5:50 PM

A short time ago, the writer, Salman Rushdie was knighted by the Queen of England. In the past, Rushdie had been exercising his right to free speech, and his artistic rights by writing a book that was critical of Islam, with dire consequences to himself, those around him, and England....

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George W., the Bad Plumber

(5) Comments | Posted May 15, 2007 | 5:44 PM

Whenever I read about George W.'s mess in Iraq, it reminds me of what happens when you hire a bad plumber.

One day, you notice that something seems to be wrong with the plumbing. You've heard of George W., and somebody told you he's a really nice guy. You...

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Are Our Troops Sufficiently Ethical in War?

(12) Comments | Posted May 7, 2007 | 5:27 PM

The Pentagon just completed a study about the ethics of our soldiers serving in Iraq. They discovered that they don't seem to be sufficiently ethical. Between 50-60% of the military believe that civilians should not be treated with dignity and respect, and 10-30% report that they have actually mistreated civilians...

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Thoughts on the National Day of Prayer

(16) Comments | Posted May 3, 2007 | 10:37 PM

Given at a National Day of Prayer Service in Colorado Springs, May 3, 2007

My name is Linda Seger. I'm a member of the Colorado Springs Friends Meeting, (Quaker) and also the author of a book on religion and politics called JESUS RODE A DONKEY: WHY THE REPUBLICANS...

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Changing Theologies

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2007 | 10:08 PM

On April 20, 2007, the Pope changed a long-standing Catholic theology that said babies who died without being baptized go to Limbo. The new theology now says that there is hope that maybe, just maybe, these babies can now go to heaven. Since there is nothing about unbaptized babies and...

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Practicing Compassion in the Face of Evil

(4) Comments | Posted April 20, 2007 | 3:27 PM

The Cho murders have been analyzed up one side and down the other - as they well should be. This terrible tragedy brings up many important issues to be discussed, debated, struggled with. Issues of security. The responsibility and capability of a university to protect its students. Gun...

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Who Doesn't Care About Global Warming and Why?

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2007 | 2:28 PM

We might think that global warming is a given, and that anybody who cares, to any extent about the earth, would be concerned. Yet, there are groups of people who don't believe it, consider it a hoax, and want nothing to do with it. Many of these groups are conservative...

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Should We Fix the Gays or Fix Ourselves?

(17) Comments | Posted March 27, 2007 | 5:22 PM

There seems to be a continual lashing out at gays, often done by those Christians who are commanded to love each other but don't seem to be very loving. The newest is a recognition by a prominent Southern Baptist who finally admits that maybe gays are born that way, but...

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Can We Trust Our Government?

(11) Comments | Posted March 20, 2007 | 5:06 PM

I just returned from a month in Asia, teaching in Singapore and Indonesia, and also spending a week with a charity in the Philippines which I've been involved with since the early 1990's. While there, a very needy member of the charity whose son was in jail, asked if...

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Putting Values Into Action

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2007 | 4:06 PM

We've probably heard more about values and the "values vote" in the last six years than in the last hundred. Sometimes Christians (yes, and I'm one of them!) act as if they're the only people who have values. Yet, probably everyone reading this blog - whether atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian,...

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