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Author: John Pavlovitz

If Americans say they love this president and their country, one of those things is not true

That whole MAGA nonsense has about reached its expiration date. Take off the big red hat and retire it, my friend. All your flag-waving histrionics and your hand-wringing anthem outrage have proven to be nothing but fake news. All that America First chest-bumping and God Bless America showy piety you’ve spent the past two years peddling, looks largely ridiculous at this point. The Helsinki Summit has fully exposed you. When a sitting President stands alongside a murderous dictator and declares to trust that man more than American Intelligence, more than our public servants across the aisle, more than our...

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A mental health crisis created by an unhinged presidency

“I feel like I’m losing my mind.” These words are a continual presence these days. I hear them a couple hundred times a day, in one form or another. I read them in desperate social media outbursts. I find them in my inbox from friends and from strangers. I hear them in my own head. They are the symptoms of a shared sickness we now find ourselves afflicted with; a sprawling homegrown mental health crisis, the genesis of which can be traced to a single Wednesday morning in November. They are part of a growing national neurosis brought on...

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Weaponized patriotism jeopardizes freedom for future generations

July 4th is a MAGA high holiday and Donald Trump knows this. He knows that in addition to marking the birth of our nation and the foundations of our Constitution, which clearly are of little interest to him, it is so much else: it is a valuable commodity, something to be packaged and sold for a hefty profit to his constituents. It is a quick and easy red, white, and blue daydream for people whose daily lives often feel empty. It is also Christmas for white Nationalists; the season when their superiority and territorialism and fear of outsiders are...

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How Americans hide behind church to support a dictator with biblical verse and silence

“I would cite you to the apostle Paul, and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” – Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney General The words Sessions quoted were used in the 1840s and 1850s to justify slavery. When abolitionists argued that slavery was cruel, and that separating families was a violation of religious ethics, they were met with the argument of religious compliance with the law. “Whenever Romans 13 was used in the 18th and 19th century, and Sessions seems to be doing...

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Evangelicals and Trumpublicans create a hateful God in their own image

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27 New King James Version (NKJV) If I hear one more Evangelical claim that God chose Donald Trump, I swear I am going to rapture myself. Christian Trumpers really need to stop spiritualizing the man, his campaign, and his Presidency. It is sinful. It is blasphemous. It is lousy evangelism. It is also just plain asinine. The hypocrisy on display is historic: after spending the past 8 years straining to find infinitesimal specks in Barack...

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Disposable Children: An intolerance that betrays a generation

America, Your children are beautiful. They are original, once-in-the-history-of-the-planet human beings with a near limitless capacity to do and be extraordinary. They are wild and bright and funny and lovable. But they are not special. The fact that your children were born here, does not endow them with greater worth or deeper humanity than children who were not. It does not make them more deserving of defense or protection or advocacy. It does not make their fear more valid or their wounds more grievous. It does not make their needs more pressing or their disappearance more outrageous. Or at...

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