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Progressive rabbi fights Religious Right (More drivel from the left_
Madison Capital Times & Wisconsin State Journal ^ | April 18, 2006 | Mary Bergin

Posted on 04/18/2006 4:55:01 PM PDT by Graybeard58

"So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down on the right hand of God."

-- Mark 16:19

Right hand. Right side. Right way. Religious Right.

It is easy to understand how conservative Christians have influenced politics and populace in America, says Rabbi Michael Lerner. It has been about taking ownership of the human need to feel valued, protected and directed.

The activist, author and former darling of the Clinton administration was on the Easter edition of "Meet the Press" to discuss faith, morality and politics and will speak in Madison on Saturday. (Details are here.)

Americans "hunger for some framework of meaning that can connect them to a higher purpose," Lerner writes in Tikkun, his Berkeley-based interfaith magazine, also a publication of critical thought. "They are sick and tired of competition, materialism and selfishness. And they hear these issues being addressed by the Religious Right."

He believes this segment of Christianity has "immense power" and is "a danger to American society" that is far greater than any U.S. president or political party. Changing public discourse is not simply a matter of electing a Democrat, Lerner says.

What is the danger? The Religious Right "creates a group of insiders and outsiders, and the outsiders are frequently demeaned," he argues. That can include gays and lesbians, ethnic and religious minorities, activists and others who question conservative theology.

A 2005 best-seller by evangelical Jim Wallis, "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It," was one plea for more social justice, less punishment/power when defining Christianity.

Now Lerner has a new book that is along the same lines: "The Left Hand of God: Taking Our Country Back From the Religious Right" (HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). It is about strategy as well as definitions.

"The Left Hand of God" is the guidebook for a movement "that is not just for people who believe in God or who are part of some religious community. It is equally inviting to those who are 'spiritual but not religious' and who recognize that a progressive movement today needs a spiritual foundation if it is to take our country back from the Religious Right."

Like Wallis, Lerner laments the tendency of liberals to avoid religion.

"There is no spiritually grounded vision of the world being taught by liberals and progressives," he writes. "The Left Hand of God is rarely articulated, has few institutions committed to promoting it and has no political force ready to champion it."

Separation of church and state is one thing, says Lerner, a Jewish Renewal rabbi (whose ordination is not acknowledged by Orthodox Jews). The separation of "spiritual wisdom, caring and love from state" is both inappropriate and has backfired as a political strategy.

"The left was most influential in this country when it was led by Martin Luther King Jr.'s very much church-based civil rights movement," Lerner says, in an interview with Dragonfly Media. He compares the work to be done to the women's rights movement because "success didn't come until huge numbers of women responded with their own actions."

"The Left Hand of God" contains the Spiritual Covenant with America, which outlines how politics can have a spiritual vision as its root. Among the goals, according to www.spiritualprogressives.org:

• An end to U.S. militarism and immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

• Action from the G-8 nations, which represent two-thirds of the world economy, to dedicate 5 percent of their gross domestic product (each year for 20 years) to eliminate global poverty.

• Adding a Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would require any corporation with an income of at least $50 million to get a new corporate charter every 10 years. A prerequisite would be proof of social responsibility, as judged by a panel of ordinary Americans.

This "new bottom line," Lerner hopes, would replace materialism and selfishness.

His Network of Spiritual Progressives will meet May 17-20 in Washington, D.C., for its second Spiritual Activism Conference.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: jimwallis; michaellerner; rabbi; rabbilerner; religiousleft; tikkunolam
Adding a Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

How about an amendment that would require idiots like this to just shut up?

1 posted on 04/18/2006 4:55:02 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
There's what's Right, and then there's what's Left!!!

Michael Lerner is a Marxist!! Pro-abortion Marxist! He was Hillary's Guru!! He's a nut, also.

2 posted on 04/18/2006 5:00:21 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience. T)
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To: Graybeard58
• An end to U.S. militarism and immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

• Action from the G-8 nations, which represent two-thirds of the world economy, to dedicate 5 percent of their gross domestic product (each year for 20 years) to eliminate global poverty.

• Adding a Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,

Isn't this called The New Age Movement? Emphasis on the last word.

3 posted on 04/18/2006 5:02:54 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (By 2004, annual inflow of foreign-born persons was down 24% from its all-time high in 2000--PEW)
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To: Graybeard58

I forgot to add that he sounds VERY anti-Christian!!


4 posted on 04/18/2006 5:04:40 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience. T)
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To: Graybeard58

The good rabbi will be shaking his finger at Christians right up to the point when the Muslims cut his head off.


5 posted on 04/18/2006 5:07:51 PM PDT by SampleMan
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To: Graybeard58

OK, now they need an article, "Conservative Rabbi fights 'religious' left"



6 posted on 04/18/2006 5:19:03 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Ping.

Coming to Madison, Wisconsin. Aren't you just thrilled?


7 posted on 04/18/2006 5:20:30 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

I despise Godless atheists who wear the guise of clergy.


8 posted on 04/18/2006 5:26:02 PM PDT by thoughtomator (That new ring around Uranus is courtesy of the IRS)
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To: Graybeard58
Lerner laments the tendency of liberals to avoid religion

The problem isn't that liberals tend to avoid religion... The problem is that liberalism IS a religion. While conservatism happens to be a philosophy, it's a way of thinking that allows for differences of opinion. For the most part, I think that it's safe to say that most of the leaders of conservatism believe that most liberals are well meaning, but misguided. On the other hand, it seems that most who lead and speak for the liberals consider conservatives not as wrong, but as evil. Conservatives are mean. They're hateful. They're trying to reinstate slavery. They lie. etc... Mostly, it's projection, which allows they to be what they claim their enemies are.

Mark

9 posted on 04/18/2006 5:26:36 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Right Wing Assault
OK, now they need an article, "Conservative Rabbi fights 'religious' left"

Read anything by Rabbi Lappin.

Mark

10 posted on 04/18/2006 5:28:05 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Graybeard58
Guess who Lerner's BIGGEST PROTOGE is?

Hillary Clinton.

It's A FACT.

11 posted on 04/18/2006 5:30:51 PM PDT by gaijin
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Ping to read later


12 posted on 04/18/2006 5:31:00 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Colossians 4:5)
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To: Alex Murphy

Hillary Clinton is a "praying person", so she says. So she's religious.

Hillary Clinton is liberal.

Thus, you can be both liberal and religious.


13 posted on 04/18/2006 5:33:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Graybeard58
An end to U.S. militarism and immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

Yeah, you, Saddam, and Lenin. Give me a break

• Action from the G-8 nations, which represent two-thirds of the world economy, to dedicate 5 percent of their gross domestic product (each year for 20 years) to eliminate global poverty.

Dedicate= force working people to pay for those who do not

• Adding a Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would require any corporation with an income of at least $50 million to get a new corporate charter every 10 years. A prerequisite would be proof of social responsibility, as judged by a panel of ordinary Americans.

Aside from the fact that this concept is the oppisite of just about everything in the Constitution, is the fact that amendments are not added, they are ratified.

And since this is not a Communist Nation, it would be a hard sell

This "new bottom line," Lerner hopes, would replace materialism and selfishness.

With communism and Socialism.


14 posted on 04/18/2006 5:38:20 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Graybeard58

"How about an amendment that would require idiots like this to just shut up?"

How appropriate I could get behind that one. This guy is one of the great leaders of the crackpots are us bunch. The real question is why do Americans listen to these dolts.


15 posted on 04/18/2006 5:39:05 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Graybeard58

Left wing nut rabid rabbi psuedo-Jew

imo


16 posted on 04/18/2006 5:40:22 PM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: Alex Murphy
Just read that our opening of China has lifted 300m out of poverty. That's better than any social program of the UN has ever done.

The state just keeps trying to gobble up the church which developed schools, universities, orphanages, old folks home, and hospitals. The voracious, power hungry state has taken that all over and ruined it. Now they want to make their political platform equivalent to Christianty. Doesn't work for me.

btw MLK was a Republican.

17 posted on 04/18/2006 5:42:31 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: joesnuffy

So the G-8 nations will fight a war on poverty world wide??

Here in the United States, we have fought a war on poverty. And poverty won. So I don't know how we can fight poverty world wide. What can we do differently to eliminate poverty?


18 posted on 04/18/2006 5:44:55 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Graybeard58
How about an amendment that would require idiots like this to just shut up?

Just my opinion...
but we need to give Lerner as much airtime as possible.
I've heard him pimping his book on talk radio and BookTV (C-Span2 weekends).
Lerner and his thoughts are so boring, they even put Democrats/Socialists/Lefties
to sleep.

Reminds me of hearing Angela Davis give a speech at UCLA against the
initiative to make California-state business race-blind.
The old "radical" was SO BORING that she could bearly keep the
UCLA faithful awake.
And the initiative passed, despite Ms. Davis.
19 posted on 04/18/2006 5:53:50 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Right Wing Assault; MarkL

"OK, now they need an article, "Conservative Rabbi fights 'religious' left" "

OK, MarkL beat me to it in post 10.
But here's a link for Rabbi Lapin's organization.

http://www.towardtradition.org/


20 posted on 04/18/2006 5:57:04 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Graybeard58

Michael Lerner, Bill and Hillary's mentor, is a Kabbalist. Tikkun, the name of his magazine, is the Kabbalist ideal. Tikkun means the repairing of the world. As long as there are conservatives left in the world, it needs to be fixed. Fashioned in accordance with his occultic, new age ideals.

If the witch gets elected, it will be like Old Testament Jezebel times.

Lerner takes issue with the New Testament usage of "right hand." What he isn't telling you is it is a Jewish term, not a Christian one. An idiom for strength, power, and favor.


21 posted on 04/18/2006 6:14:24 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Graybeard58
"It is easy to understand how conservative Christians have influenced politics and populace in America, says Rabbi Michael Lerner. It has been about taking ownership of the human need to feel valued, protected and directed." But never because they may actually be right...Liberal can't fathom why anyone could reasonably decide to be conservative so they have to psychoanalize us and point to greed, fear, poor education, brainwashing, and goodness knows what else. It's the same sydrome, I think, that causes them to blame crime on economics and "society", never because the criminals chose to be criminals. And liberals never choose to be liberals, their just "good people" and "enlightened". And all poor people are poor because of "society". No one in their world has free will; it's always these mystical outside forces.
22 posted on 04/18/2006 6:16:28 PM PDT by marsh_of_mists
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To: Darkwolf377
An end to U.S. militarism and immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

If it were not for "U.S. militarism", Rabbi Lerner's mother would be a lampshade in a German home right now.

I wonder why the good rabbi believes that the Iraqi people are not worth saving from butchery.

23 posted on 04/18/2006 6:23:26 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Graybeard58

{What is the danger? The Religious Right "creates a group of insiders and outsiders, and the outsiders are frequently demeaned," he argues. That can include gays and lesbians, ethnic and religious minorities, activists and others who question conservative theology.}

How hypocritical is that? He's writing an article demeaning religious conservatives as "dangerous".

That reminds me of a likewise 'brilliant' and 'compassionate' mind ...I believe his name was Nero?


24 posted on 04/18/2006 6:51:22 PM PDT by July4th64
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To: Polybius
I wonder why the good rabbi believes that the Iraqi people are not worth saving from butchery.

Because for a liberal, it's better to feel bad about a tradgedy than to avert one, or save people from one.

Mark

25 posted on 04/18/2006 7:34:36 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Graybeard58

The problem is people like Russert put this nut on his shows and treats him like what he says is good theology. Does Russert know anything about religion or theology. Any one who does knows this man does not believe in the Bible. The old Testament ie Hebrew Bible. He is like our left wing theologians who do not even believe any more but preach socialism. If they are going to be put on shows the host needs to name them as socialists not religious theologians unless they want to point out their theology and religion is Socialism.


26 posted on 04/18/2006 9:15:05 PM PDT by therut
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To: Graybeard58

Why did I know it was going to be Lerner even before I mashed the link?


27 posted on 04/18/2006 9:17:25 PM PDT by RichInOC (Stupidity is its own punishment...but some people need an enhanced sentence.)
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To: Graybeard58

Rabbi Krustofski and son.
(From: 'Like Father, Like Clown')

28 posted on 04/18/2006 9:25:57 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: sasportas

What he is not telling you is that the term "left hand" is referring to the black side of the occult i.e., the "left hand path" refers to the practice of black magic.

Perhaps he is letting us know (unconsciously of course) what kind of "spirituality" he is really into.


29 posted on 04/19/2006 1:24:03 AM PDT by Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi ( Gen. 12:3: a warning to all anti-semites.)
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To: Graybeard58
Jeep IN MIND, AS YOU READ THIS, THAT BY DEFINITION ANYONE WHO IS THE SLIGHTEST BIT RELIGIOUS IS OF THE RIGHT.

THERE IS NO RELIGIOUS LEFT. BY DEFINITION, ANYONE ON THE LEFT CANNOT BE THE SLIGHTEST BIT RELIGIOUS.

COMMUNISM RECOGNIZES NO AUTHORITY ABOVE THE STATE.
30 posted on 04/19/2006 5:00:34 AM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: R.W.Ratikal

Sorry, that's "KEEP"


31 posted on 04/19/2006 5:01:16 AM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Graybeard58
Well, we've got lots of angry illegals openly wandering the streets these days, angry gay men pelting one another with fruit, angry lesbians beating one another over the heads with vibrators and last night a Card-Carrying Communist was elected to head the 'Madistan City Council,' so we may as well add an angry Rabbi to the mix, LOL! In other words, things are pretty normal. *Rolleyes*

When the local Amish start getting angry and protesting this or that, then I'll know all is lost...which may happen soon if the Feds keep pushing through the tagging of our livestock.

Christians (especially we Lutherans) pretty much keep to ourselves. We have lots of behind the scenes subvertin' to do at our Pot Luck Dinners, don't 'cha know? And we're making Lefsa at a fever-pitch these days, getting ready for the Syttende Mai Festival.

I find it hard to believe the Good Rabbi could find something wrong with us when we clean up so nicely! ;)

32 posted on 04/19/2006 6:00:37 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Graybeard58; Cyrano; shaggy eel; GOPPachyderm; ItsOurTimeNow

More CINO nonsense from Jim Wallis


33 posted on 04/22/2006 10:00:06 AM PDT by Terriergal ("My conscience is captive to the word of God...here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." ML)
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