***** Washing Israel’s Dirty Laundry

Artwashing, Sportswashing, Foodwashing, Veganwashing, Pinkwashing, Faithwashing See also Red, Blue, and Purple Washing. In my last blog, I talked about greenwashing in the context of the Sierra Club’s backtracking on its decision-reversal and reinstating their educational tours to Israel. Here I want to discuss other ways Israel attempts to wash its dirty laundry. Remember the…

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I’m Sad About the Sierra Club Backtracking on Its Israel Greenwashing Trips

The Sierra Club is one of the most pre-eminent progressive environmental preservation organizations in the world, so when it made the decision last week to cancel its educational tours to Israel this spring, we hailed it as a principled decision that recognized the inextricable connection between environmental justice and human rights. It was made after a…

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Jerusalem! Jerusalem! At the Cross-Road!

This post is Michael’s sermon for Sunday, 13 March 2022, at Emmaus Road Mennonite Fellowship At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing…

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Russia and Ukraine

Three Short Articles on What We’re Not Learning from the Mainstream Media Ukraine and its hero, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Russia and its authoritarian strongman, Vladimir Putin, threatening Ukraine and thumbing his nose at the world. Good vs. evil. The mainstream media, even cable news pundits, all agree. It’s as simple as that. But it’s not as…

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The Global Expansion of Authoritarian Rule

The 2022 Freedom House Report Global freedom faces a dire threat. Around the world, the enemies of liberal democracy … are accelerating their attacks. Authoritarian regimes have become more effective at co-opting or circumventing the norms and institutions meant to support basic liberties, and at providing aid to others who wish to do the same. In…

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The Pale Blue Dot and Centering Prayer

In addition to Valentine’s Day, I want to reflect on two lesser-known anniversaries we also commemorate this February 14. The first. In the fall of 1977, NASA launched the Voyager I space probe; its primary mission was to explore Jupiter and Saturn, which it successfully did in 1979 and 1980, respectively. In addition to Jupiter…

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Amnesty International Calls Israel an Apartheid State

We Remember Jerry Lawson on Israel’s – and America’s – “Slaughter of the Innocents” Two significant things in my world happened early this past week: On Tuesday, Amnesty International joined Human Rights Watch, and two Israeli organizations, Yesh Din and B’Tselem, in issuing a report not only calling Israel an “apartheid state” committing “crimes against…

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The Neutering of Saints

Belated Thoughts on Martin Luther King Day  In August of 1619, a shipappeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that…

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