jEFFSTANA on June 23rd, 2009

Most U.S. journalists (on the left and the right), seem a bit smug reporting civil unrest for an Iranian government currently having a rough time balancing democracy with authoritarian rule.(1) This glee in other’s unease largely manifests as chauvinism, either national or faith-based, or a combination of the two. Which explains my embarrassment reading most […]

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jEFFSTANA on September 1st, 2008

This is a bit thin, though intellectually and politically significant concerning Republican VP selection, Sarah Palin. During the 2006 race for the Alaskan governorship, the current presumptuous Republican VP nominee responded as follows to the written questionaire from the Eagle Forum Alaska 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire: Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in […]

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jEFFSTANA on September 4th, 2007

Remember Ted Haggard? Founder and pastor of Colorado Springs “New Life Church” and president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Ted got caught with a male prostitute in an amphetamine-fueled sexual adventure which cost him his leadership position and six-figure salary. After spending a whole three weeks undergoing “restorative therapy” from which Haggard emerged and […]

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jEFFSTANA on June 12th, 2006

It took awhile to get my mind around the fundamentalist, christianist platform on abortion. Obviously, no one celebrates abortion; yet the depth of anti-abortion passion exhibited by the religious right rates single-issue political status with these zealots. Take the story of a long time acquaintance of mine. He asserts his general affinity for the common […]

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