Two-Thirds Disapprove of Trump’s Tweeting

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From Ted McLaughlin:

Donald Trump claims his use of Twitter lets him communicate with the American people. That’s rather disingenuous. Other presidents have communicated just fine with the people without excessive tweeting (or any tweeting at all). They did it by holding regular news conferences, where they said what they wanted to say and then answered questions from the press about what they had said.

The truth is that Trump’s use of Twitter is not an effort to communicate —

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No, Being Gay (Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender) is Not a Sin

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From North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz:

Being gay is not a sin.
Neither is being lesbian, bisexual, or Transgender.
The Bible never claims that it is.
Christians should stop saying it.

It’s the most reckless, wasteful, irresponsible misuse of religion; the most dangerous kind of stereotyping and license to discriminate—and it’s killing people who are made in the image of God.

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Conservatives, Mental Health, Pardon Me, Ending Democracy

Keeping Watch on Venezuela Coverage

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From Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post:

Albeit for much different reasons, the electorate of Venezuela is split, just as is that of the United States. On one side is the ruling government party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), knwn as the Chavistas (the name given it to describe its pro-Socialist followers of the late President Hugo Chavez), and on the other side, the Opposition, which is made up of upper middle class and upper class people and business owners, who cannot wait to return to power. This opposition charges that the PSUV, now led by President Nicolas Maduro, is attempting to set up a dictatorship along the lines of what exists in Cuba. It claims that since it first came into power in 1999, the Chavanistas have steadily been eroding Venezuela’s democratic institutions. They claim media censorship, but Ms. Martin went freely to different newsstands and found 4 opposition newspapers on display, as well as 2 pro-government ones and one neutral paper.

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Preaching the Anti-Abortion Gospel

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

Our recent vacation found Polly and me in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. We were amazed (and disheartened) by how many downtown churches there were — mainly Baptist — and the seemingly ubiquitous homeless and panhandlers. I told Polly, “look at all these big, fancy, rich churches, yet hungry, out-of-work, homeless people abound. So much for taking care of and ministering to the least of these.”

While poking around — one of our favorite pastimes — we came upon a rolling advertisement for the anti-abortion gospel. I say anti-abortion and not pro-life because most Evangelical “pro-lifers” are not actually pro-life.

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Who to Blame Today

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From driftglass:

For the record, no one should be the least bit surprised that the leader of the Republican Party blames Republicans for his failure as if they were some other party in some other country on some other planet along some other timeline.

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