Glenn Beck’s show yesterday mentioned the name of Jesus Christ as much as, if more than, any other. I once was a Christian back in the days when the social Gospel efforts were reforming this country. After theological studies here and in Britain I learned that there were many good and caring people in all our world’s major religions, but that our institutions and many self proclaimed religious were among the most dangerous operators in our globe. Check out the wars, burnings at the stake, killings by drones from on high.

I became a disbeliever who saw Jesus as one of our great men such as Socrates who were both murdered by their resentful establishments. Today whistle blowers still take great risks and they will probably do in our Wikileaks head along the way as well. Whistle blowers are hated by the rich who control all too many of our societies. The U.S. is horrendously transforming from a democratic republic to an oligarchy run by the rich in their own interest — and to hell with those in need.

If you believe that Glenn Beck or the Tea Party crowd give a damn about anything but their own interests, watch what they do — not what they say.

May our courageous and honest ones continue to speak out!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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