Comments for Assertive Spirituality http://assertivespirituality.com Because Sometimes We Stay Lost if We Stay Quiet Sun, 12 Jan 2020 19:54:41 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Comment on How to Push Back Against Demonization and Warmongering by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/11/push-back-against-demonization-warmongering/#comment-16231 Sun, 12 Jan 2020 19:54:41 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1004#comment-16231 You’re welcome!!! Thanks for commenting–I need the encouragement to keep going too. We all need each other so much.

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Comment on How to Push Back Against Demonization and Warmongering by Rebecca McConkey http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/11/push-back-against-demonization-warmongering/#comment-16229 Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:58:32 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1004#comment-16229 This could not have come at a more essential time in this relay-marathon we’re living. We are in this together and with morale-boosting and tool-providing blog posts like this, we can see the finish line more clearly. Thank you!

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Comment on Avoiding Emotional Fallacies in Resolutions: Toward a(nother) Year of Assertiveness by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/03/avoiding-emotional-fallacies-resolutions/#comment-16220 Sat, 11 Jan 2020 01:39:04 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=999#comment-16220 I’m sooo glad to hear this! Keep at it!

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Comment on Avoiding Emotional Fallacies in Resolutions: Toward a(nother) Year of Assertiveness by Lynn Price http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/03/avoiding-emotional-fallacies-resolutions/#comment-16208 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:14:35 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=999#comment-16208 Thanks, just what I needed! We live near Nogales, AZ, where people seeking asylum having finally made it to a legal USA process, are being put back across the border to make their way without legal representation to Juarez, 8 hours of danger. Today I will call and ask how to help.

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Comment on Feeling (Slightly Less) Betrayed by White Evangelicals: The Christianity Today Editorial by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/12/21/religious-rhetoric-white-evangelicals-ct-editorial/#comment-16191 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:22:29 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=992#comment-16191 Hm…it’s clear you didn’t click through to the previous post that talked about how one can gaslight groups of people through not finding particular kinds of narratives believable–which is what I linked to when I mentioned how I was using the word gaslighting here. I’m talking in that broader sense of gaslighting–since gaslighting often involves denying a sense of reality to a person, as the definitions you quoted note, it is entirely possible to use our interpretations of the Bible to gaslight large groups of largely marginalized people and those speaking truth to power. As I described in the previous article, I don’t believe that gaslighting is always intentional. Whether it has to be intentionally in order to be gaslighting is an open question. On the contrary, I believe it can come from deeply socialized impulses. Here’s the link if you care to read the previous article and engage more with what I said there, since what you’re referring to is addressed there. http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/12/14/believewomen-handmaidstale-socialized-gaslighting/

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Comment on Feeling (Slightly Less) Betrayed by White Evangelicals: The Christianity Today Editorial by Jason Jehosephat http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/12/21/religious-rhetoric-white-evangelicals-ct-editorial/#comment-16188 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:44:11 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=992#comment-16188 Do you have your own definition for “gaslight”? “To manipulate (a person) by psychological means into questioning his or her own sanity.” –Oxford English Dictionary. “… to attempt to make (someone) believe that he or she is going insane (as by subjecting that person to a series of experiences that have no rational explanation)” –Merriam Webster Unabridged. Not something one can do to a passage in the Bible.

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Comment on The Fear of Tyranny that Could Unite Us: The Politics of Devil Terms Part 2 by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/02/23/fears-that-could-unite-us/#comment-16187 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 18:44:15 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=698#comment-16187 Thank you so much! The words of encouragement help stay the course.

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Comment on The Fear of Tyranny that Could Unite Us: The Politics of Devil Terms Part 2 by Kim http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/02/23/fears-that-could-unite-us/#comment-16186 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 14:38:13 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=698#comment-16186 As an almost 60 year old trying to understand the collective and Archetypal forced at play here I truly appreciated this writing. I’ll read it again because there is a lot to process. I just wanted to say thank you for the sanity amongst the crazy…

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Comment on Unwrapping the Unhealthy Immigration Rhetoric in Dobson’s July Newsletter by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/06/30/immigration-rhetoric-dobsons-july-newsletter/#comment-16181 Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:56:17 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=861#comment-16181 If they are doing those things, the critique does not apply to them. But, respectfully, if they support politicians who make cruel policies that hurt babies at the border and don’t support things more broadly, the critique is still a valid generalization about many many people, sadly. Both can be true at once.

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Comment on Unwrapping the Unhealthy Immigration Rhetoric in Dobson’s July Newsletter by Helen Louise Herndon http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/06/30/immigration-rhetoric-dobsons-july-newsletter/#comment-16180 Sun, 29 Dec 2019 12:19:24 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=861#comment-16180 There are several Catholic websites that connect the Feast of Innocents with the vast slaughters of the unborn taking place today. As Herod killed boys under two years of age, the West, in particular, and our nation is killing a majority of babies before and/or as they are born. In New York City, it is alleged more black babies are aborted than born. And people who are pro-life continue to be pro-life by aiding pregnant women under duress, helping the poor families and children during childhood and more. Many also adopt unwanted babies. The accusation that they are only pro-birth is a false accusation.

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Comment on Unwrapping the Unhealthy Immigration Rhetoric in Dobson’s July Newsletter by Margarete Imhof http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/06/30/immigration-rhetoric-dobsons-july-newsletter/#comment-16179 Sun, 29 Dec 2019 12:08:30 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=861#comment-16179 a sharp analysis, to the point. Thank you!

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Comment on Feeling (Slightly Less) Betrayed by White Evangelicals: The Christianity Today Editorial by Bob Olhsson http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/12/21/religious-rhetoric-white-evangelicals-ct-editorial/#comment-16170 Wed, 25 Dec 2019 22:23:40 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=992#comment-16170 My understanding is that Christianity began as an objection to Roman political corruption of Judaism. I think history needs to be talked about a lot more. Roman European entitlement propaganda led to many of today’s conflicts all over the world.

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Comment on Feeling (Slightly Less) Betrayed by White Evangelicals: The Christianity Today Editorial by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/12/21/religious-rhetoric-white-evangelicals-ct-editorial/#comment-16158 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 15:05:07 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=992#comment-16158 The link didn’t work for me here, but respectfully, it feels like this author is embracing and using devil terms himself here, and defending their use, which is not a healthy practice. By calling Christianity Today “elite” and “out of touch” and essentially saying “their recommendations won’t work,” he is giving all sorts of reason to dismiss their valid points about the current state of corruption. Ultimately he is participating in the demonization of the left–see my other comment for a couple of articles that explain some of how this works.

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Comment on Feeling (Slightly Less) Betrayed by White Evangelicals: The Christianity Today Editorial by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/12/21/religious-rhetoric-white-evangelicals-ct-editorial/#comment-16157 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 14:58:23 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=992#comment-16157 Hi Helen Louise! I recommend you look at our article about abortion rhetoric: http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/05/25/baby-killers-horns-effect/ and our other articles in the devil terms series. Respectfully, if you are determined to see progressives as evil by associating them with late-term abortion, which is a propagandistic lie about the bulk of progressives’ positions, that’s not a healthy position to take. The depth of the ways that abortion has been used as a wedge issue to enable political corruption is horrendous, and the blog post I just linked goes into that. I also talk about how sexual politics ties to both abortion and LGBTQ+ issues here: http://assertivespirituality.com/2018/10/13/political-disgusts-unmasculine-part-3/

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Comment on Feeling (Slightly Less) Betrayed by White Evangelicals: The Christianity Today Editorial by Helen Louise Herndon http://assertivespirituality.com/2019/12/21/religious-rhetoric-white-evangelicals-ct-editorial/#comment-16155 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 12:26:20 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=992#comment-16155 Here is another thoughtful, thought-provoking piece: https://WWW.FIRSTTHINGS.COM/WEB-EXCLUSIVES/2019/12/THE-CASE-FOR-KEEPING-TRUMP

Really, what are the alternatives that the Democrat Party give. They promote so many godless principles. Christians, Catholic and Evangelical need to decide would God who has made sanctity of life and sexual morality clear be pleased with me siding with those who completely disregard God’s revelation as to good and evil? I say this as one who did not vote for Trump nor am a fan of his. But I have to see the evils on both sides. This is no time to rush to judgment. I subscribe to Christianity Today, but it is a far cry from the magazine Billy Graham created.

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