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Jenky Wins the Coughie

Congratulations to Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois — Winner of the 2012 Father Charles Coughlin Award.

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December 29th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

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On the Radio

I’ll be appearing on The Sunday Show, a weekly public affairs show on KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkley, CA this Sunday, December 30th. Noon to 1:00pm (EST) 9:00 to 10:00am left coast time. I’ll be joining host Phillip Maldari and fellow guest Kevin Alexander Gray to talk about what happened in the year that was, and what can we expect in the year to come? The show is live-streamed as well as broadcast, and podcasts are available.

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December 28th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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Huckabee Strikes Again

I wrote about Huck’s latest claim — that the reason for the Newtown massacre is that God does not like the so called contraception mandate, that contraception must be covered in employee health insurance packages — at Daily Kos and at Talk to Action which has been down a lot lately due to technical difficulties. If you encounter said difficulties, please be patient.

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December 26th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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On Christmas Day in the Morning

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December 24th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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What Can the NRA be Thinking?

Could it be: “So the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of kindergarteners.”

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December 24th, 2012 at 12:11 am

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My article in Spare Change News

Its always interesting to write for a publication for the first time. When my friend Osagyefo Sekou became the Editor in Chief of the Boston version of the monthly newspaper Spare Change News, he asked me to write about the results of the marriage equality referenda in four states, and how some things have changed in the political and religious communities.

I had always admired Spare Change News. It is one of a number of similar newspapers across the country intended to provide a dignified way for homeless people to earn income without panhandling, and keep issues of homelessness before the reading public. Vendors keep a share of the cover price. The papers cover a variety of subjects — including issues of homelessness — making it a good read on the bus or the subway. At a time when newspapers are going out of business, Spare Change News is still out there.

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December 22nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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Its time to update

This blog has been on a hiatus for quite awhile. When I began, I used to blog just about every day. I intend to return to the daily blog, and expand the range of things I write about. I will still be posting at Talk to Action, and elsewhere. And I will either crosspost here, or at least post a link to new things. I particularly like the post I did yesterday, Hallelujah, Mike Huckabee, Hallelujah.

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December 22nd, 2012 at 9:59 pm

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If you are visiting for the first time…

Posting here at FrederickClarkson.com has been episodic for a long time. But one of my New Years Resolutions will be to post more frequently. Its a good discipline, but the truth is, when I get in the groove, I like it. The discipline part is secondary.

But if I am not around, I can usually be found having said something over at Talk to Actionmost recently a Christmas eve rumination about the anti-Semitic roots of claims that there is a “war on Christmas” and how that bastion of evilly secular liberal media — public radio — has a little remarked upon but remarkable quarter century Christmas broadcast tradition, which in turn has roots in the early days of broadcasting.

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December 25th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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October 16th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

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…And We’re Back!

Media Matters for America has a report on what may be the most outrageous smear by Rush Limbaugh.  Hard to imagine, I know.  This time, Limbaugh is smearing president Obama for announcing deployment of some 100 special forces to Uganda to combat the terror group, Lord’s Resistance Army.  Limbaugh’s charge is that Obama is out to get Christians.  Good grief.  Although LRA professes to be a religious group, it slaughters Christians, and in one infamous episode detailed by Jane Bussmann.  I wrote about Bussmann and her book last year for Religion Dispatches:

Back in 1996, according to a document reprinted by Bussmann, the Ugandan and Sudanese governments knew exactly where Catholic school girls kidnapped by the LRA were being held. The Ugandan army had been tipped that the LRA was going to attack the elite St. Mary’s school, but had done nothing to protect or to rescue the 139 girls abducted. And yet, a brave school administrator, Sister Rachele, almost singlehandedly gained the release of 109 of the children. The LRA kept the rest—except for the one they hacked and tortured to death with machetes. Sister Rachele and the girls’ parents met with world leaders from presidents Museveni and Bashir, to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, to Kofi Annan, and Pope John Paul II.

“None of them got the girls back,” Bussmann observed. “Meanwhile, Kony built his city of children in the desert and shipped in his prize, the highly educated St. Mary’s girls. The girls were raped, impregnated, given syphilis, and watched as babies were smashed against trees.”

In fact, sweeping bipartisan majorities in both house of Congress required the administration to take action against the LRA, and it included the option to use force to remove the LRA and its leaders from the battlefield.

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October 15th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

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