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The Resistance Prays

January 4, 2019
By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Today's Top Story
New Congress member creates stir by saying of Trump: “We’re going to impeach this motherfucker! -- Vox reports

A video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing in college leaked to smear her. Instead, the Internet finds it adorable -- The Washington Post reports.
Scripture 
"The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down" Isaiah 29:20
“We’re going to impeach this motherfucker!”
  • I don't curse. Not because of some moral concern, but because I have trouble accessing anger as an emotion. But I'll save that whole discussion for my therapist. While I don't curse, I can understand why people are angry about this president. As one writer put it on Twitter, "Trump put babies in cages and an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court. Motherfucker is a polite term for what he is." In the Bible, there's plenty of righteous anger. From Jesus turning over the tables in the Temple to the prophets calling out the evils of their time. Righteous anger is Biblical, and I can't think of anything more righteous than opposing Trump. 
  • But I don't think that's why people are mad at the Congresswoman. As Washington Post Columnist Elizabeth Bruenig wrote "no one is actually offended by Rashida Tlaib's curse word. Nobody actually cares. People are mad she's a Muslim woman on the left." Her existence is what enrages people, not using a curse word. Her critics, after all, are the same people standing by Trump who has said and--more importantly--done much worse.
  • Need proof? Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was attacked for a video of her dancing in college. Her response today? She tweeted a video of herself dancing outside her office on Capitol Hill! Her caption: "I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!"
  • Here's why the attacks on Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib won't stop: they are radical progressives. Ocasio-Cortez will be featured on 60 Minutes Sunday and tell America that to pay for her Green New Deal, we need "tax rates as high as 70 percent on the ultra-rich."  They're not just radical progressives, they're women. And there's nothing conservatives enjoy more than controlling women's bodies.
  • Ocasio-Cortez's case for radicalism: "I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security. That is radical."
  • We need a radical faith and radical commitment to the common good. Get angry, get motivated, and get your community involved. These are just the first attacks on our inspiring new wave of young progressive women in Congress. They won't be the last. 
Act
You may not have chosen the same words as Congresswoman Tlaib, but her sentiment was correct. We need to impeach Trump. Get involved in Need to Impeach today!
Pray
Radical God of Divine Justice and Liberation, we pray for our new radical legislators. May they seek the common good and embrace human dignity without giving into corporate interests or Trump's xenophobia. We pray for each of them and their families as they are subject to new and increasing attacks from conservatives. Protect them, guide them, and inspire them to bring about a revolution of values in our nation. Amen.
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