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Public University Salaries: Administrators and Coaches Paid High. Adjunct Staff Low.
Chris Hedges is a noted journalist, culture critic, and ordained Christian minister. He also is a contract instructor for Rutgers University teaching at a prison. Hedges notes that Rutgers, a public university in New Jersey, pays annual salaries to top administrators approaching $1 million, and football and basketball coaches exceed three million.
The football team continues to incur debts now at $250 million as it spends lavishly on its programs trying to overcome a long streak of losing seasons. Meanwhile adjunct professors and grad students that make up much of the academic instruction are often under $30,000. At Rutgers, some of these low-paid are striking.
What Did the Early Church Say About Economic Justice?
By St. Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great
The Plough is a publication of the Bruderhof, a Christian community of sharing goods. The introduction to some teachings of these three early Christian fathers begins,
“In an age when Christianity is comfortably entwined with consumer capitalism, the early Christians’ passion for social and economic justice can come as a shock. From the first days of Christianity, the duty to care for the poor and marginalized was at the center of the gospel. Jesus preached a way of life free of possessions, the first church in Jerusalem abolished private property, and the early apostles warned of privilege and wealth.”
Click this link to read these short statements why Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great.
War is an Evil Tool of Satan
The caption to this picture is the following: “An Iraqi family reacts after three family members, innocent civilians, were shot and killed by U.S. Marines in an incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 9, 2003.” (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
This picture hurts my heart. Look at the pain of the mother and surviving children at the murder of their children. Yes, murder, because the U.S. invasion of Iraq was justified by blatant lies propagandized by cowardly inept news media to the gullible American public still seething over the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.read more…
‘Time is Running Out,’ American Petroleum Institute Chief Said in 1965 Speech on Climate Change
The Petroleum Industry scientists knew over 50 years ago that their product would create massive climate change disasters on a global basis. At first the industry was open about the truth. However, facing potential loss of profit if society moved away from oil-related transportation, the industry began to fund fake science and pour on lobbying of Congress to stop climate change dialogue.
Read this article written in 2018 from an article in Nature journal.
Israelis Know That True Democracy Will Spell the End of Zionism. by Gideon Levy in Haaretz
Haaretz is a newspaper published in Israel that I subscribe to online. Haaretz opinion pieces and reporting includes articles critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Gideon Levy argues that the Apartheid treatment of Palestinians cannot comport with the illusion that Israel is a democracy. Levy states that Zionism in its present form means Israel as a Jewish state with special benefits to Jews. This does not comport with the democracy concept of equality of voting.
For the article, see here.
“The Big Lie”
Jesus said to those who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31). Jesus counters HIs truth with lies, saying of the Devil,.. “that he was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels is inaccurately credited with originating “The Big Lie” that ““If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” In his “Mein Kamf” HItler elaborated on the Big Lie in his diatribes against Jews.
A chief responsibility of Christ-followers is to hold to unvarnished truth. Our culture (and other cultures) use sophisticated propaganda lies to manipulate people. The Church is targeted.
A short essay in Jewish Virtual Library on the Big Lie is prescient and critical to faithful following Jesus.