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Jesus was crucified on a cross as an insurrectionist because he bore witness to the divine Truth that no one has to be defined by their circumstances. Liberation from oppression is God’s gift to the powerless in society. Freedom is Jesus’ gift to all who believe. And when one accepts this liberating Gospel and makes the decision to follow Jesus, you must be prepared to go to the cross in service to others—the least of these in society. James Cone

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The white/Fox News/Tea Party/Republican/American reaction to Ebola is moving into the high gear of xenophobia, victimology and fear of the other… and a thank-you-Jesus! phase of naked opportunism: Ebola is just what’s needed to help win control of the Senate for the Republicans! Once again ignorant white people, who fear the wider world–the world where high speed trains work, there is healthcare for all and a good education is a right–and who dismiss Christian charity as “socialism,” are about to find a new lie to comfort themselves with: Ebola is President Obama’s fault! The EBOLA Lynching of America’s First Black President: Obama, Ebola, Religious Nuts and Racism

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The change of attitude towards Paine was largely because of his atheism and his book The Age of Reason. Paine was a permanent revolutionary who supported the opposition to Washington in the 1790s. He was much more radical than the general and famously derided the president in an article which made the breach permanent. Nevertheless, he is deserving of recognition today for his service in the army and most critically his role as a patriot propagandist. Washington fell out with those revolutionary leaders who joined the Republican opposition to his government in the 1790s. It was a bitterly partisan decade not least because each party believed that it alone represented the true spirit of the American Revolution. They thought that their opponents would destroy America. It is a lesson for us today because the country has been enriched by both these traditions even though they were often in conflict. Andrew O’Shaughnessy

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A religion is as much a progressive unlearning of false ideas concerning God as it is the learning of the true ideas concerning God. Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan

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As long as supernatural beliefs persist, men can be exploited by cunning priests and oligarchs, and the technical progress which is the prerequisite of a just society cannot be achieved… George Orwell

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