“There’s nothing more dangerous than professed Christians who have no real interest in Jesus. They’re rather easy to spot if you’re paying attention. They’re usually the ones most loudly claiming things like religious liberty while methodically swallowing up the personal freedoms and elemental rights of other people. They incessantly broadcast their devotion of God on their bumpers and bellies, while living antithetically to the compassionate heart of Jesus actually found in the Scriptures.”
John Pavlovitz, “Actual Followers of Jesus Don’t Want Conservatives’ Compulsory Christianity”
“It is clear that their attempts to roll back the clock on contraception is again another plank on their extreme agenda for American women.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, after the House of Representatives passed the Right to Contraception Act
The bill codifies the right to birth control amid concerns the U.S. Supreme Court may repeal the right to contraception following the Dobbs decision that reversed the right to abortion.
It’s worth noting 195 Republican members of the House voted against the act.
“Attorney General Garland, do your job so we can do ours.”
Rep. Elaine Luria, to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on pursuing former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows over the January 6, 2021 insurrection
Meadows has refused to cooperate with investigators, but the U.S. Department of Justice has seemed reluctant to hold him in contempt of Congress.
“Ultimately, the momentary exchange between three wealthy and powerful celebrities pales to the systemic ills and public health crises and international war crimes we are daily immersed in, but it’s also a microcosm of what’s at stake as we face all of them.”
John Pavlovitz, about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at last Sunday’s Oscar ceremonies
“The Department of Justice has a duty to act on this referral and others that we have sent. Without enforcement of congressional subpoenas, there is no oversight, and without oversight, no accountability — for the former president, or any other president, past, present, or future. Without enforcement of its lawful process, Congress ceases to be a co-equal branch of government.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, in a statement to U.S. Attorney General Garland about Mark Meadows
“If we can do a better job to remember that we’re all created in God’s image, ‘b’tzelem Elohim.’ If we could all do more to tone down the rhetoric in politics and on talk shows and remember that we can debate ideas. We don’t have to agree. We also don’t have to attack one another personally to get our point across.”
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who was taken hostage at gunpoint for 11 hours along with three other congregants at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas on January 15
The phrase ‘b’tzelem elohim,’ means “in the image of God”.
“We depend upon one another whether we know it or not and we are made better when more of us are seen and heard and helped. So many tiny-tribe people have been fooled into believing that someone else’s gain is their loss; that this existence is competitive when it is actually supposed to collaborative, that we take care of our own. That is a sad way to spend the brief time here that we have. I want something better.”
John Pavlovitz, in “Yes, This Is All About Tribalism”
Protestors in Atlanta earlier this week
“If racism and acts of violence are prevalent, we need to bring that to the forefront and not sweep it under the rug.”
Margaret Ann Kercher, a lawyer in Austin, Texas, on recent attacks on Asian-Americans
“We live here. We pay taxes. We work here. This is our life. This is a country of immigrants, all of the immigrants, so there is nothing we can do better than love each other, than work together.”
Xiaoxu Zheng, a 36-year-old medical researcher at Georgia State University, commenting on the rise in anti-Asian violence over the past year
Zheng who has been in the U.S. for 10 years and lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children, said the protest was his first political event.
“They had lived through an unprecedented planetary pandemic, but they could not survive this: they could not outlive America’s gun epidemic. That proved more fatal than the virus.”
John Pavlovitz, in an essay on the recent gun violence in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado
Pavlovitz was responding to this Tweet by Newsmax TV host John Cardillo:
From Rep. Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana):
“Suddenly, in the span of ten minutes on Sunday, they became concerned about the welfare of women and girls. I wonder if they were thinking of women and girls three years ago when they voted for the guy who said, ‘I did try and fuck her. She was married. I moved on her very heavily. I moved on her like a bitch.’”
– John Pavlovitz, author and Christian pastor, regarding conservative uproar over the Superbowl half-time show by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
The right-wing hypocrisy over the performance is glaring. Many of the people who condemned former President Bill Clinton for his sexual indiscretions have amazingly ignored the even more egregious actions of Donald Trump. I follow Pavlovitz’s site, “Stuff That Needs to Be Said,” which has a definite liberal take on modern American life.