Clippings: “Spiritual Blindness” (Sept. 13, 2018)

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“I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”

-Will Rogers

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Trump’s Lying. I remember the first time I ever ecountered a
genuine sociopath and found myself fooled by him. And I was not alone.
Prior to that experience I could not really imagine that a person could simply
lie repeatedly, without any compunction or outward sign. It gave me my first
real understanding of how Ted Bundy, and other serial killers, can trap their
victims. I could easily become a victim. In fact, a large segment of the American
people have also fallen into this trap and are victims of Mr. Trump. For
details, see “Another big Woodward reveal: Trump’s bottomless bad faith and
nonstop lying” (Article attached) at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/09/11/another-big-woodward-reveal-trumps-bottomless-bad-faith-and-nonstop-lying/?utm_term=.601200c7e3a0&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

Spiritual Blindness. First, at a matter of full disclosure, quite apart
from my political engagement (Indivisible, etc.) I hold a Ph.D. in philosophy
and comparative religion. What about religion in politics? Well, we all need
to be concerned about what’s happened to American Evangelicals in our time.
See Michael Gerson’s article “Christians are suffering from complete spiritual
blindness.” I take issue with his title: it’s NOT all Christians that we should
be concerned about. But read the article (copy attached) at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-impossible-to-separate-social-justice-from-the-christian-gospel/2018/09/10/26764628-b528-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html?utm_term=.d7ddf79c5d8a&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

Strengthening our Civic Immune System. See “The GOP has a
communicable disease” by Richard Cohen. I like Cohen’s article here for two
reasons. First, it raises what for me is a personal question: What will I say to my
(now 2-year old) granddaughter say in the future when she grows up and asks me,
“What did you do in the time of Trump?” (Like What did you do in the war, Daddy?)
Second, Cohen explores the metaphor of Trump as a disease. If we follow that
analogy, our real hope is for a stronger immune system to defeat the pathogen that
has invaded our body-politic. Our civic immune system now includes over
5,000 chapters of Indivisible, and many others in the Resistance. We can only
hope that it’s a strong as it needs to be. For more on this, read the article
(Article attached) at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gop-has-a-communicable-disease/2018/09/10/56ae9c84-b521-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html?utm_term=.f1a8a5b31738