I suspect the Methodist Church will soon change its policy on excommunication.
Dear Reverend Puckey:
My name is Kevin
Robbins and I attend Hudson Falls UMC. I’m writing because you and I disagree.
This is in regards to a Facebook post put up by Kathi Cech and liked by you,
disliked by me. I’m overlooking the notification I received in the comments
that I can’t possibly be a Christian because I’m a liberal. You may not have
seen that, and may or may not agree with those sentiments. But, you did click
like on the Dinesh D’Souza quote. If you’d care to respond, my e-mail
is email@example.com. I corresponded with Reverend Mudge and he informed
me that I’m “engaged in a debate that is dividing all of the UMC.” I attempted
to engage in a debate on Facebook without much success. No one wanted to
D’Souza said: “The paradox of
liberal tolerance is that it extends to Marxists, transsexuals and Islamic
radicals – but not to conservatives or Christians.”
I’m curious what you find agreeable
about the quote. How many living Marxists can you name? And how many liberals
that are supporting them? The Russians took up kleptocracy around the time of
Boris Yeltsin. Nicolas Maduro might be a Marxist, but I doubt many liberals are
supporting him. Maybe Harry Belafonte and Sean Penn? I’d say President
Trump is giving him support by threatening him and rallying people to his side.
I agree that we are tolerant
toward transgender folks. What should we be? Hateful towards them? We liberals
have company anyway. The brass at the Pentagon and some Republicans in Congress
recently smacked down President Trump’s attempt to bigly discriminate toward
transgender service members. But wait, wait; that’s not all. Some members of
the Methodist Church are tolerant, too. A transgender person named M has
recently been ordained as a deacon.
D’Souza insinuates that liberals
are in league with ISIS and al-Qaeda. I would require some evidence of that
scurrilous charge. We do support Muslims being able to practice their religion
without being subjected to attacks like the recent one in Minnesota (and so many
others). And why are they being attacked? Possibly because of hate-mongers like
D’Souza. Actually, we support transgender folks not being attacked, as well.
Would it be offensive if I said conservative Christian tolerance extends to the
right-wing extremists in Virginia? I can already see it doesn’t extend to
liberals. Why is it acceptable to push hatred of them?
Presumably some of my best friends
are conservative Christians. I don’t bring my politics into church so I don’t
know for sure. I’m not intolerant of conservative views or people who hold
them. I am intolerant of bigots like D’Souza who use fallacious, straw man,
nonsense arguments to spread hatred.
“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you
commit atrocities.” – Voltaire.
Every American president since World War II has believed
that our nation benefits from the spread of economic and political freedom.
Oppressive regimes are more likely to seek destabilizing weapons and to harbor
terrorists. Democratic nations are more peaceful and more likely to engage in
trade. Democratization (for the most part) cannot be imposed, but it can be
encouraged — unless that great, defining national mission doesn’t fit in the
Yes, off and on they've tried to encourage that sort of thing, too. And Trump and Tillerson?
Here is a story for Tillerson to consider, told to me by a
United States senator who was in Africa confronting a leader about human rights
abuses. At one point during their testy exchange, the (increasingly) oppressive
ruler said, “Well, Trump is on my side.” The senator, to his credit, responded,
“Trump doesn’t even know your name.” Which is probably true. But the impression
that the United States no longer cares about human rights has filtered down to
third-rate despots everywhere.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Monday with America's top
diplomat, where he voiced solidarity with the U.S. amid global concerns over
North Korea's nuclear program and angrily dismissed media questions about human
rights abuses by his government.
(Trump’s) efforts — as bad as they might be — have been so
far confined to the margins. Trump has not passed any major legislation or, for
that matter, built any walls.
On the other hand, his most significant and appalling
contribution has been to normalize lying as an ordinary tool of the presidency.
He has ghettoized truth, confining it to something characterized as the lying
and disloyal mainstream media. He lies for purpose and he lies just for the
hell of it. His lying is such that it ought to be a mental ailment. Call him
And sure that looks bad along with too many other things to mention.
His views, especially regarding social and cultural issues,
are to the right of the right. He is famously antiabortion, recommends
abstinence as the entire key to sex education and has taken the unique view that condoms are useless in AIDS
prevention. As for global warming, back in 2000 he said it “is a myth.”
In 2002, Pence took to the floor of the House to declaim on
evolution. Like many of its opponents, he misused the term “theory,” making it
seem like a guess or a speculation. In science, a theory is an explanation of
how things work. This is quite different from what Pence cited as a comparison — “that God created man
in his own image.” That’s religion and not a theory — and that’s a fact.
And Cohen goes on to point out what a vile hypocrite Pence is for overlooking all the things that make Trump the most nihilistic bastard ever to walk the Earth.
Hillary Clinton wants to preach. That’s what she told Bill
Shillady, her longtime pastor, at a recent photo shoot for his new book about
the daily devotionals he sent her during the 2016 campaign. Scattered bits of
reporting suggest that ministry has always been a secret dream of the two-time
presidential candidate: Last fall, the former Newsweek editor
Kenneth Woodward revealed that Clinton told him in 1994 that she thought “all
the time” about becoming an ordained Methodist minister.
The ordination of Pastor Hillary would be either the first or second most likely thing to raise the blood pressure of the lib haters in South Glens Falls. This story was one I'd seen awhile back and it had slipped my increasingly decrepit mind.
Barclay, a transgender person who identifies as neither male
nor female and thus uses the pronoun “they,” was commissioned on Sunday as the
first non-binary member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church.
There are some open-minded people in the church. Praise Jesus!