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By Ken Poland on November 30, 2014

Thank you, Angelo, for a very good summary of Old Testament scriptures that don't seem very popular in society today. None of those references you give recind the ten commandments. Some folks need to take note of the account of Jesus' encounter with the 'rich young ruler'. That young man declared that he had kept all the commandments, but he still felt something was missing. What did Jesus suggest to him? He didn't accuse him of breaking any commandments. He only suggested that he could give away some of his wealth. Share a little of what he had in material blessings with those less fortunate than himself. Piety (perfection in the law) is no substitute for showing compassion and love.

It is amazing to me how so many of the fundamental religious right folks can ignore those parts of scripture that don't fit their modern concept of humanity and equality.

Man's nature hasn't changed. We still have selective hearing and understanding. Taking blame for inequities isn't easy for anyone, rich or poor. We all like to blame someone or something other than ourselves for our status or station in life, especially if we are not where we'd like to be.

By Angelo Lopez on November 28, 2014

I'm reposting the last part of a blog I wrote in May 8, 2014.

One of the great influences on the social justice traditions of Christians and Jews are the Old Testament Prophets. The Old Testament prophets had a strong sense of social justice for the poor, the widow, the orphan and the marginalized. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Ezekiel, and the great prophets of Israel inspired later day human rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr., Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, William Sloane Coffin, Ralph Abernathy, Pauli Murray, Bayard Rustin, Cesar Chavez, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and countless others to fight for the poor and the marginalized in society. The beauty of the prophet's poetry inspired activist poets like Muriel Rukeyser, Allen Ginsberg, Alicia Ostriker and June Jordan.

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By Angelo Lopez on November 25, 2014

One of the best most incisive political cartoonists working today is Eric J. Garcia. His cartoon El Machete Illustrated offers a sharp and incisive critique of America's economic and political system, especially the way these systems oppress the poor and immigrant communities. Eric began creating cartoons while serving in the U.S. Air Force, making fun of the military. He completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he won numerous awards to include, 1st Place College Cartoonist Award for both the New Mexico and Illinois College Associated Press competition. Eric's work can be seen in many national and international publications and online news networks such as In These Times, Hoy News Paper, and The Black Commentator.

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By Diane Wahto on November 17, 2014

The people have spoken in the 2014 mid-term election. Well, some of them have spoken. Most spoke by staying away from the polls. Once again, the Republicans have the upper hand, at least in the House and the Senate and in many states. Kansas is sliding into an economic hole that it won’t be able to dig out of without drastic action on the part of the state legislature, but already the battle lines are drawn between the no-taxers and the raise-taxers. Similar scenarios are playing out across red states everywhere

The people who were elected to the U. S. House and the Senate promise to make things better for Americans by doing the following: repeal the Affordable Care Act; cut Medicare benefits; cut Social Security benefits; and cut safety net benefits. They also promise not to do anything substantial on immigration reform and to cut Pres. Obama off at the pass if he tries to do anything. Oh, yes, they will likely approve the Keystone Pipeline, bringing the danger of an oil spill right over the most vulnerable water source in the country. Of course, that oil coming from Canada won’t help Americans, as it is being shipped from the Gulf of Mexico to other countries. Who cares? The Kochs and their ilk want that pipeline, so forget the rest of us.

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