Gopnik reviews biblical scholar Pagels' new book, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation,” which makes a strong case that the Book of Revelation was mostly political,
that Revelation is essentially an anti-Christian polemic. That is, it was written by an expatriate follower of Jesus who wanted the movement to remain within an entirely Jewish context, as opposed to the “Christianity” just then being invented by St. Paul, who welcomed uncircumcised and trayf-eating Gentiles into the sect. At a time when no one quite called himself “Christian,” in the modern sense, John is prophesying what would happen if people did. That’s the forward-looking worry in the book....
Nine-year old Jamyla Bolden was murdered by a gunshot as she was doing homework on a couch in her mother's home on August 18th. The community responded by offering emotional support and sponsoring a fundraiser at a local restaurant. They also held marches protesting the death. During the marches pleas for any witnesses to the crime to come forward were made. A witness did come forth. A second witness stated that the accused admitted to the crime. An arrest was made.
Contrary to popular belief, the black community does care about crime in their neighborhoods. Support is offered to grieving families. Suspects are arrested if there is enough evidence. If convictions occur, people go to prison. Justice is served.
Three teams of forensic scientists have found that the Planned a Parenthood videos were manipulated. Even the so-called full length video was altered.
After Shirley Sherrod and ACORN, we should expect MSM to be more cautious in spreading the lies of those on the Religious Right. We should also expect more of ourselves. When the Right pushes this nonsense, we should note that they have lied before and that we need more proof.
Facts do not matter to the Right, so we can expect continued efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in state legislatures and Congress. Cruz may still want a government shutdown.