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Monday, February 18, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Bluntly Schools Sarah Sanders On Scripture

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


Even in an administration full of sanctimonious God botherers, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands out. She shamelessly invoked the Bible to justify tearing immigrant families apart, for example. Perhaps that is why it was so pleasing to see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) quote the Bible to put Sanders in her place.

On Tuesday night, Sanders mocked Ocasio-Cortez while talking to Fox News host Sean Hannity. Ocasio-Cortez is an enthusiastic proponent of the Green New Deal, which aims to make the country carbon-neutral within a decade while also striving to eliminate poverty and demand universal health insurance.

Of course, to the right, a desire to save the Earth is something worth mocking.…

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More In God’s Image Than Anyone Else

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


In the fracas over the First Step Act, the federal prison and sentencing reform bill passed by the Senate one week before Christmas, Urban Faith Magazine reminded readers that prisoners, too, are made in God’s image.

I never knew there was doubt about this, as prisoners are people.

In fact, I’d venture that prisoners might be made more in God’s image than anyone else.

After all, Jesus was arrested, imprisoned, tried and then wrongly convicted as an adult. Like so many of the 2.2 million people who are locked up in this country, he didn’t receive much of a defense (he didn’t want one, but you can’t waive your Sixth Amendment rights these days) and was the recipient of the death penalty, next to Dismas, the “peninent thief” and patron saint of death-row prisoners, and Gestas, the “impenitent thief” who, I am guessing, is the unofficial patron saint of recidivists.…

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Documenting Hate In America: What We Found In 2018

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

Swastikas drawn on the office of a Jewish Ivy League professor. Latinos harassed for speaking Spanish in public. Hijab-wearing women targeted in road rage incidents. Neo-Nazis bragging online about a murder. These are just some of the incidents that we and our partners have reported in our second year of Documenting Hate, a collaborative project investigating hate with more than 160 newsrooms around the country.

Since we launched the project in January 2017, victims and witnesses of hate incidents have sent us more than 5,400 reports from all 50 states. We’ve verified nearly 1,200 reports, either via independent reporting or through corroborating news coverage.

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