Category Archive: Islam

Mar 05 2017

Mad as a March hare

Alas, it seems our local newspaper, the Sentinel Record, is determined to make Hot Springs known more for its wingnut provincials than as an international tourist trap. The following article was front-page, above the fold, in today’s Sunday edition. Read it and weep. These people really believe that Trump and Jesus are two sides of the same coin of the realm, the so-fantastic and amazing mammon that will make America great “again”…

But maybe, just maybe, there’s a silver [more]

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Feb 27 2017

And few there be that find it

 

Important!

 

Hot Springs history is rich with characters profane and sanctimonious.  These days, our quirky burg seems inundated with the latter, a roused rabble of “evangelical bloc” letter writers who darken these pages almost daily with religious rants more emetic than evangelistic.

One of the most prolific and pious of these scribes usually just stitches together random quotes from Billy’s boy, the oh-so very reverend Franklin Graham.  But then last month he went much further, beyond mere repetitions … [more]

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Feb 08 2017

Banned Muslims are Welcomed in Hot Springs

 

Well, I’ve gotten myself into some weird situations, but today’s was the first time I ever felt the implied threat of physical intimidation.  There was the time Cliff Jackson and I infiltrated a Christianist Glenn Beck telecast from Jerusalem, sponsored mostly by our local Tea Party types.  There was the time Sherry (my beloved) and I went to the Glory Barn (yes, that’s really its name) to see the wannabe televangelist and most assuredly reverend Dwain Miller of [more]

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Feb 02 2017

Blessed are those

This was CB’s sermon last Sunday, January 29, 2016…

 

http://levantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Jan-29-CB.mp3 [more]

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Jan 15 2017

Some special kind of stupid

 

Warning!

I read this letter to the editor in today’s paper, amazed and angry at its profound ignorance, its bigotry, and its proud paranoia.  And then I started thinking about that moment in June 2015, when our President, my President, paused for a full thirteen seconds, during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney at “Mother Emanuel” in Charleston, South Carolina.  Thirteen seconds of silence as Obama looked out over the congregation, then down at his notes, shook his head [more]

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Nov 19 2016

Some random reflections

Some random reflections…

 

Important!

Last Tuesday evening, on November 15 2016 (one week after the dismal day that saw Donald J. Trump elected to be America’s next president), a group of concerned Garland County progressives met to discuss where we go from here.  These are some still-evolving thoughts on what to do next, and on why we can’t just keeping doing things the same way we always have…

– Monsieur d’Nalgar, Dimanche 20 novembre 2016

 

First, it was nice … [more]

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Oct 27 2016

Not running to be a god

A King for Jesus: What the Religious Right Sees in Trump

By Roger O. Friedland, October 26, 2016

 

What does the love of Jesus have to do with Trump? How to explain his overwhelming support from evangelical voters, who—for more than three decades—have formed the bastion of the Christian right? According to a Pew June 2016 survey 89% of evangelical voters wanted a President with strong religious beliefs. Trump cannot even pretend to qualify.

A number of analysts, … [more]

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