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For faith and for politics, there is one over-riding question… By the Rev. Gordon C. Stewart | Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
For faith and for politics alike there is one over-riding question: Am I my brother’s keeper? Or will I insist on the right to slay him? Am I willing to take responsibility for my neighbor, to master the urge to violence that crouches at my door? Do my religion and my politics slay or keep my brother/my sister from deadly harm? Are we willing to re-claim the Earth as sacred turf — through responsible religion and responsible politics — so that the voice of Abel’s blood no longer cries out from the ground to a horrified God?
They may squirm in hearings, but Wall Street oligarchs know who has the power By the Rev. Gordon C. Stewart | Thursday, April 29, 2010:
We do not live in a democracy; we live in an oligarchy, “government by the few, especially despotic power exercised by a small and privileged group for corrupt or selfish purposes” (Encyclopaedia Britannica). I’ve been waiting for people in high places to say it….
The American Dream is rising across the Arab world, but it’s on the ropes here in America By The Rev. Gordon C. Stewart | Wednesday, March 16, 2011
“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child a long way from home.”
The homeland I mourn is the world I once thought I knew. It was far from a perfect world, by any measure, but its ideals seemed intact. There was set of shared expectations of fairness, some measure of equality, the vision of a more just and peaceful world freed from poverty, oppression and war.
Today that world is as much of a memory as my boyhood home. Something has died. The American dream is rising in Egypt, in Tunisia, and across the Arab world, but it is on the ropes here in America. The cry for democracy, basic human rights, and an end to Mubarak’s self-serving economy has its echo in Madison, Wis., where workers have stood tall for the right of collective bargaining. But not tall enough to stop the turning back of the clock. Nor are they bold enough to strike, as unions would have in my youth….
By the Rev. Gordon C. Stewart | Friday, June 4, 2010
We’re at a turning point. The crisis we can’t seem to kill in the Gulf of Mexico puts before us the results of a more foundational crisis than the black goo that is choking the life out of the Gulf. The uncontrolled “blow-out” raises basic questions about how we think of ourselves and the order of nature….
By the Rev. Gordon C. Stewart | Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
“Sorrow floats.” Perhaps the line from a John Irving novel — in which “Sorrow,” the stuffed family dog preserved by a taxidermist, floats to the surface of the lake after a plane crash — helps explain what is happening in America….
Blackwater/Xe: how it happened that the U.S. came to rely on mercenaries By The Rev. Gordon C. Stewart | Friday, July 3, 2009
A cagey professor used to provoke his students’ curiosity by asking, “Does anything bother you about that?”
Since the private “security” contractor Blackwater (re-branded last February as “Xe”) hit the news last fall for allegedly killing unarmed civilians in Iraq, the professor’s question has led me to a more important question for a constitutional republic: When, why, and how did the United States of America become the land of mercenaries?
by Gordon C. Stewart, March 29, 2010 – Excerpt:
Our nation is being poisoned by inflammatory rhetoric from both sides of the political aisle.How else does one explain the sending of a used condom to a Minnesota congresswoman, or the phone message left on Rep. Keith Ellison’s answering machine: “Timothy McVeigh said dead government workers are good government workers. Goodbye, Sambo”?
And that’s just here in Minnesota….