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Peterr

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I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect. And Preview is my friend.
 
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About Me:
I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect. And Preview is my friend.

Finding Metrics by Which to Measure Health Care Reform

By: Tuesday January 26, 2010 7:41 pm

“What’s the CBO score?” is one way to judge between competing health reform efforts, but hardly the best way. How about asking the questions raised by Faithful Reform in Health Care: how many lives will be saved, and how many jobs preserved?

Faith Communities Speak Out on Health Care Reform

By: Monday October 12, 2009 1:50 pm

Religious leaders of all stripes are pushing for health care reform, rooted in the belief that health care is a basic right for all people, not a commodity. Not that you’d know this by following the TradMed . . .

Step One in Negotiating with the GOP

By: Wednesday August 12, 2009 7:54 pm

Before any Democrat sits down to negotiate with a Republican over health care, the Democrat must ask a simple question, in public with cameras rolling. If the answer is anything less than “No, of course not,” then send them home and don’t waste your time.

Coffee with Cleaver

By: Saturday August 8, 2009 12:44 pm

Emanuel Cleaver holds monthly “Coffee With Cleaver” get-togethers around his district, and today was the day for one near me. I went early, but not nearly early enough. Lots of folks, generally calm . . . with a little watching by the police to make sure it stayed that way.

Clergy Know About Health Care Rationing

By: Thursday August 6, 2009 10:00 am

Want to hear about insurance companies rationing health care? Just ask your local clergyperson. Most of us hear about the rationing almost every day as we visit with our members, and can paint a clearer picture of the need for reform than any lobbyist, without all the spin.

Truman Pushed for a Public Plan — in 1945

By: Monday July 27, 2009 5:00 pm

The public option isn’t a new idea — it goes back to Harry Truman. Firmly rooted in the problems faced by ordinary people individually and by the nation as a whole, he proposed a broad health care plan. Of the five interconnected pieces, only a public insurance option remains unenacted.

July 4th and a Health Care Plan with a Public Option

By: Saturday July 4, 2009 4:30 pm

Listening to many of the members of Congress talk about health care makes me ask one question: do any of them remember the preamble to the Constitution?

Religious Groups Speak Out For Health Care Reform

By: Thursday July 2, 2009 7:32 pm

A coalition of religious groups is taking out radio ads in five states in favor health care reform over the Fourth of July recess: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Nebraska, and North Carolina. That’s an interesting set of states: Four wavering democratic senators and Focus on the Family come to mind.

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