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7th-May-2008 08:02 am
An Atheist Goes Undercover to Join the Flock of Mad Pastor John Hagee
In this excerpt from his new book, Matt Taibbi shares his experiences at a Hagee's boot camp for new converts.


Was It Really What Jeremiah Wright Said, Or Was It Because He's Black?
White preachers are given leeway in politics that Jeremiah Wright wasn't.


McCain's Preacher Pal Calls Catholic Church the 'Great Whore' -- Where's the Outrage?
If the hypocrisy whipped up over Jeremiah Wright proves anything, it's that this nation's candid conversation on race has yet to begin.


Wright issue will haunt conservative media elite
Now that Sen. Barack Obama has denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, many of his critics, especially those who call themselves conservative, are happy he has put the dashiki-wearing, American-criticizing former Marine in his place.

See, these same voices, many that are allegedly Christian, have reacted with glee by calling Wright a prophet of hate and a race baiter.

They hold themselves up to be so concerned about their fellow brother and sister, yet if you looked at their personal lives, I doubt you'd find many with African-American friends and associates (and I doubt their staffs are the most diverse in the world, but that's another story).

But be careful what you ask for.


Report: Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths
The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government’s top psychiatric researcher said.

Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven’t provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Washington.

Insel echoed a Rand Corporation study published last month that found about 20 percent of returning U.S. soldiers have post- traumatic stress disorder or depression, and only half of them receive treatment.

7th-May-2008 03:43 pm (UTC) - re: Post War Suicides
Our cousin, on The Mister's side, was in Iraq at the beginning for about 2 years. He is so fucked up now it's a wonder he is not on the list. The docs have put him on some major meds and now he has found Jesus as his personal savior.


He is gonna crack one of these days.
7th-May-2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for these links, Brad. It's good to see all the commentary about the double standards over the Wright controversy...the thing that's troubling is that there are so many people who are ignorant enough to think that the conservative media *just may be right* about him and about Obama. The fairy tale lives...because of people who retreat to their picket-fenced suburban homes, surrounded by people who look like them, talk like them, think like them, and go to church with them...and who think they're broadminded because they picked up lunch from a McDonald's drive-through from someone whose skintone isn't lily-white. These are the same people who think that someone living in public housing in a city core, who doesn't always have money to feed their kids let alone afford a car and gas, ought to be able to find a job in the green-field industrial parks in the far outer suburbs...yet they don't hesitate to call 911 if they see that person walking through their subdivision, because he "looks suspicious". These people haven't a clue about how other people live (frequently on the edge), because they're so insulated from anything outside of their realm of experience--with the exception of the evening news about the drive-by shootings, rapes, prostitution stings, and drug busts, which just leads them to stay away from the "unpleasantness". To them, it's someone else's problem, not theirs...and if it doesn't comport with their outlook on "right living" and their own experiences, then it is "outside of the mainstream".

I don't think it was very smart of Reverend Wright to push back the way he did at the time he did, if you look at it from the perspective of wanting to get Obama elected...but I understand why he did. By virtue of getting Obama into the Oval Office, the spotlight will shine on the experiences of communities of color and communities that aren't totally white straight evangelical Xtian...and that will shatter the deathgrip the latter has had on national life.
7th-May-2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
the mental health treatment that I received sucked.

i had to learn to deal on my own
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