Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

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Flickr photos of American flags by Vinoth Chandar

Nationalism, Patriotism and My Values

I am proud to be an American with a sense of equality and democracy, and the self-criticism demanded of each and every individual in a reasonable, empirical, and scientifically oriented social decision process.

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poster of Hindus for Trump, which shows Donald Trump in a ‘yogi’ pose. HIndus for Trump

What does Trump have to do with the Hindu sacred syllable, om?

Republican nominee Donald Trump was recently invited to a fundraising event organized by a conservative group of Hindu Americans, the Republican Hindu Coalition. A poster from the event, which describes the group as “Hindus for Trump,” portrays the candidate in a posture much like that of a yogi in deep meditation.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service in Detroit, Michigan, on September 3, 2016.   Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Is there a ‘Trump effect’ on public morality?

whether it is the ugly language and behavior often displayed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, or some other factor, U.S. voters — especially those same evangelicals — appear to have vanquished their inner Puritan and are now far more accepting of sinning politicians.

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At the Religion Newswriters Conference on Friday morning, panelists said more and more Christians are hesitant to identify as "Evangelical" or "born again."

	Sara Pulliam Bailey, managing editor of Odyssey Networks, said that's partly because young Christians aren't sure if they can be Evangelical and at the same time support issues like same-sex marriage.

	"A lot of young Evangelicals know where they came from, but don't know where they are now," she said.

	What about you. Do you openly identify as an Evangelical Christian?

Evangelical Christians are on the left too

It is not surprising, therefore, that since the 1970s, it is the Christian right that has set the discourse about religion in America. What has remained unrecognized is the important role the Christian left has played during the last 50 years.

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