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Orly Taitz Loses Obama College Records Suit In California Court

Orly Taitz Loses Obama College Records Suit In California Court

Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 10:58:52 in Politics

“Certainly hope her dental patients have some form of insurance for their protection.”
Paul Ryan: Obama Win Given By 'Urban' Areas

Paul Ryan: Obama Win Given By 'Urban' Areas

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 12:01:16 in Politics

“The man has suddenly discovered the obvious.”
Mike Huckabee: 'Republicans Have Done A Pathetic Job Of Reaching Out To People Of Color' (VIDEO)

Mike Huckabee: 'Republicans Have Done A Pathetic Job Of Reaching Out To People Of Color' (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 19:39:21 in Media

“So, what on earth would the GOP have to People of Color.”
Obama-Romney Debate: Mitt Romney Stays Light On Detail

Obama-Romney Debate: Mitt Romney Stays Light On Detail

Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 11:14:38 in Politics

“It is, after all, so very American...these debates...just what is it that folks want to believe? BO says the military has not asked for a budget raise...guess MR wants an increase for the corporate people in the war industry...war, as has been said is a force that gives us meaning...and perhaps that is the meaning of MR...his policy of not paying attention to the moderator was a fore taste of not listening to the nation, world...the man is slick.”
Bobby Rush, Illinois Congressman, Thrown Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie (VIDEO)

Bobby Rush, Illinois Congressman, Thrown Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 15:10:18 in Politics

“The shooter has not be charged. I trust folks are calling for due process. Sounds like a good idea.”
Bobby Rush, Illinois Congressman, Thrown Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie (VIDEO)

Bobby Rush, Illinois Congressman, Thrown Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 15:07:05 in Politics

“Kudos for my former Congressman (he is also Obama's Rep) for his 'street theater' appearance and words on the floor of congress. And to no surprise, he was swiftly removed from the scene.

Bill Strehlow
Bellingham, WA”
John McCain's Theology of War Is Wrong

John McCain's Theology of War Is Wrong

Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 11:47:07 in Politics

“Jim Wallis and the Sojourners community have been around DC a long ti and have learned a lot and spoke the truth of the gospel a lot...yet the chance that he or others like him could tedtiy at a Congressional hearing seems remote...it would like Jesus talking with Pilate...the latter wants to keep the world as it is...Jesus differs.”
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'So What?' The Nightmare Christians Should Be Having

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 14:36:09 in Religion

“Well, Jesus is something much more than an Intellectual curiosity. He is the future...and that future is certainly based on his earthly life, which in his time, got the powers that be so riled up, so as to execute him because they did not at all like what he was doing.”
Piers Morgan Taunts Attackers Calling For His Deportation

Piers Morgan Taunts Attackers Calling For His Deportation

Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 11:00:55 in Media

“Is 'free speech' only for Americans???”

keramos on Dec 29, 2012 at 11:10:28

“No.  It's only for reeeeeel muricans with guns and stuff,”

MDV 123 on Dec 29, 2012 at 11:08:30

“Rational people believe that free speech needs to be restricted with it incites violence or disruption.

Republicans believe that it needs to be restricted when it disagrees with their opinion.”

rksnj67 on Dec 29, 2012 at 11:06:43

“Free Speech is only for those that agree with them. Unfortunately too many so called Americans fall into this category.”

judithelise on Dec 29, 2012 at 11:02:27

“In their twisted minds it is. It's a little like high school.”
Why Did Florida Fire Allen West?

Why Did Florida Fire Allen West?

Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 10:15:45 in Politics

“Folks FIRED you because you were not doing your job, but making statements galore about folks you thought of an unAmerican ++++”
2012 Presidential Election: Obama, Romney Prepare For Second Debate

2012 Presidential Election: Obama, Romney Prepare For Second Debate

Commented Oct 13, 2012 at 11:07:09 in Politics

“Well, he better well be. After doing a great disservice to those who care about him in that 1st debate, it is good that he is taking the preparation for number two and us seriously.”
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Sunday Roundup

Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 09:59:55 in Politics

“Actually, with an invisible Obama on that chair, I was reminded of Ralph Ellison's, The Invisible Man, a story about black men in America...the ridicule to that chair was kinda American at its racial core.

Bill Strehlow”
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HuffPost Live: We Need You!

Commented Aug 12, 2012 at 22:09:09 in HuffPost Live 321

“Let the chat(s) begin.”
75 Lutheran Women Scholars Praise and Reaffirm Sr. Margaret Farley

75 Lutheran Women Scholars Praise and Reaffirm Sr. Margaret Farley

Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 14:04:08 in College

“Well, I am not a sister but a brother, and I sign it too.

Rev. Bill Strehlow”
Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 13:44:20 in Religion

“Matthew is something of a catechism for the community around him...folks are learning about what it means to follow the Resurrected Jesus and the God to whom he points and the God as he points out is more than folks have been used too. To some, Matthew is at times too much contaminated with the ways of Rome that he transfers those ways onto Jesus. It is a complicated Gospel.”
Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 10:53:49 in Religion

“Allegory moves folks away from intent...remember, the first 'Christians were Jews as was Jesus'.”
Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 10:43:04 in Religion

“The conversation concerns Matthew. To refer to Romans and Acts, etc, is to make a huge mistake...but one that has been done for a long long time.”
Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 10:25:35 in Religion

“Well actually, the parable is to the religious leaders (Pharisees, Elders, etc). To say it is the Jews is to fall in to anti Judaism (all folks were Jews). And to say that it has nothing to do with Rome is to ignore the world in which the folks in Matthew's church lived and struggled to be People of the Way.”

PashaRu on Oct 6, 2011 at 15:25:35

“This parable is applied to the nation as a whole, not just the religious leaders. The king’s slaves called “those invited to the marriage feast.” So the invitation had already been extended. This invitation was given when God formed a covenant with Israel (after the Exodus) to be his chosen people. This covenant was not just with the religious leaders; it was with the whole nation. They were first in line, so to speak, to be part of the kingdom. (Exodus 19:6) Paul deals extensively with this in Galatians.
Jesus said that the king sent his armies, who “burned their city.” This happened in 70 CE when Jerusalem was destroyed (really the only connection here to Rome). Again, this judgment was against the Jewish nation, not just the religious leaders. When Jesus said of Jerusalem, “Your house is abandoned to you,” he meant the Jewish nation, because, as a whole, they did not put faith in him as the Messiah. (Matthew 23:38) After they rejected Jesus, they ceased to be God’s chosen people. As a nation (but not as individuals) they were “abandoned.”
This is not “anti-Jew,” since individual Jews could accept Jesus as the Messiah and become part of the Christian congregation when it was formed shortly after Jesus’ death. Many did; most of the first Christians were Jews. The way to salvation was still open to those of Israel, but each person, Jew or Gentile, had to put faith in Jesus as the Messiah.”
Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 20:22:56 in Religion

“Could be, which makes it all that more offensive to the Jesus mentioned early in the narrative.”
Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 20:21:07 in Religion

“The violence is throwing the chap out into darkness and gnashing of teeth. Before Matthew in Chapter 18, tells that the new community is to throw the 'sinner' out of the community and to see him as a tax collector and gentile: the very folks that Jesus welcomed.

Bill Strehlow”

libwingoflibwing on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:42:10

“This mix of themes of God being a universal, accepting God on the side of the poor and the marginalized and of God being against those who are against God's people stand side by side in so many places of the scripture. To me it is extremely incongruous. For example Third Isaiah, chapters 56-66, has some of the most beautiful expressions of the first theme in the entire canon, yet it also has some vicious passages against the Jews neighbors. Here you show how Matthew does the same thing, putting both in the mouth of Jesus.

To me this either me that the very folk getting this theme of universalistic justice were also mired in the us vs them mentality or it means that later redactors couldn't handle the original pure theme and had to "tame" it every so often. Oh well.”
Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 11:52:26 in Religion

“Great as far as it goes...but there is something in this parable that denotes those from 'the streets' to be the folks Matthew has Jesus speaking to and for through out the parable. Possibly they are 'the blessed' of the sermon on the mount. And yet, one who is not of proper attire (faith?) is thrown out into the outer darkness... Matthew it appears has Jesus borrowing a brutal practice from Rome as the early church begins in the speaking of this parable to his church. It is still violence.”

Strehlow on Oct 5, 2011 at 20:21:07

“The violence is throwing the chap out into darkness and gnashing of teeth. Before Matthew in Chapter 18, tells that the new community is to throw the 'sinner' out of the community and to see him as a tax collector and gentile: the very folks that Jesus welcomed.

Bill Strehlow”

libwingoflibwing on Oct 5, 2011 at 14:11:31

“That bit about the wedding attire is so discordant with the rest of the parable that I wonder if it was a later addition to the text?”

dennidus1680 on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:26:18

“The invitation was to all. Those who chose not to listen were simply exercising their own opinion. How is this violence?”