Donald Trump Posts

Not All Sin is Equal

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I spoke with a woman recently who said she was struggling to find a faith. Nodding toward her husband, who was tending to their toddler, she said, “He’s a Christian, but I’m having a difficult time with it.”

Her ability to carve out a faith, she explained, was inextricably related to her job. She works in Law Enforcement.

“I don’t get that ‘All sin is the same’,” she said. “If the people who believe that had met the people I have, they’d be struggling, too. My sin is not the same as the man who raped babies for 10 years.”

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Protesting the Protestors at Arlington

IMG_7423I couldn’t make up my mind: “Do I go to Arlington prior to the service at the Wall or not?” I asked my daughter.

“It’s up to you,” Shelby replied. “I’ll do whatever you want.”

It was almost ten o’clock. The service at the Wall wasn’t until 1 p.m. I debated the matter in the hotel elevator and as we walked through the lobby of the Key Bridge Marriott. By the time we walked outside, I called for an Uber to take us to Arlington.

I knew Trump would be there. I had my sign with me from the day before. The one I held as I stood in the pouring rain outside the White House. The one that declared “Purple Hearts are not tokens to be bought and bartered. They are earned through blood and sacrifice.” I planned to leave the sign at the Wall as a gift for my father who earned his Purple Heart and whose ceremony I remember like it was yesterday. Better than yesterday, actually.

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Trump: A Cult Personality

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Jerry Falwell Sr. & Rev. Moon

Donald Trump is more than just a president. Trump is the leader of a cult.

This cult worships Trump above all other gods, and Trump likes it that way. He prefers it that way.

I have studied cults since I was an undergraduate at Oregon State University. Back then, the biggest cult on the West Coast was the Moonies. Remember them? They were (are) followers of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Much like Trump, Moon was a political as well as a religious leader. Americans found Moon particularly appealing because of his outspoken opposition to communism and his embracing democracy as a divine path toward establishing the Kingdom of God.

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What Becomes of the Broken Children?

IMG_6656There’s a stillness over the house, the unusual quietness that is companion to the sick and ailing.  The Bean is sleeping now, propped up against a pillow that deludes his Mimi into thinking it helps him breath, being upright a bit instead of flat on his back as he most often sleeps. A Venti Latte sits here on the floor beside me. I don’t usually order the large ones but after the long drive that began in the gloaming hour and ended too late, I knew I would need double the caffeine.

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Cussing on the Way to Church

 

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It was there, while crossing the bridge that connect this part of Oregon with the southern part of Washington, that I glanced over at a boat cutting through the silver waters of the Columbia River. Maybe it was the stillness of the water. Or maybe it was the way the fading light cast out over the river. Just that brief glimpse from the steel archway joining the border of one land to another gave me pause.

So lovely is this world of ours.

I think about its beauty all the time and how one of God’s least talked about characteristics is beauty.

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