“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
-Thomas Jefferson

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Staceyann Chin, National Equality March 10/10/09 photo: Ed Needham

What's the Deal?

This blog has begun for a variety of reasons. Primarily, it is in response to the political spectrum in the US moving to the right as a result of the strength and effectiveness of a radical neoconservative and evangelical Christianist movement of the past three decades. Democrats have been part and parcel of this move. Perhaps not of their own accord but, apparently, not against their collective wills, either. As a result, Democrats in Congress and in public office across America may share more in common with their Republican counterparts than their Democratic roots.

Meanwhile, the Christianist movement continues to lead many away from the precepts of Christianity. Confusing the modern phenomena of literalism with fundamentalism, the movement (not unlike counterparts in the other major religions) has jettisoned the teachings of Jesus and concept of faith as a verb in favor of a personalized god that reflects their own cultural misgivings and fears.  The historical Jesus was arguably the most significant socially progressive activist in the history of the world. This fact is not lost on a great many of our traditional Christian churches today, yet the hue and cry of these modern day dominionists frequently drowns out the acts done each day by those who spread compassion by following the grace and meaning of Jesus instead of merely worshiping a Jesus and god of their own creation.

It is akin to a game of tug of war, and currently, Americans are losing to the fat cats and heretically misguided. This blog will attempt to shine a bright light on progressive policy and issues, demand accountability of leaders in the arenas of politics and faith, and promote activism and advocacy for social justice.

Now get over here and grab the rope, dig in your heels and pull our side back into the light.

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Ed Needham
managing editor, writer
February, 2010

Contributing editors and writers:

Bradley Branham

Greta Edwards

Helyne May

Jenni Person

James Rotondi