U.S leaves Paris climate change accord, what we can do now

The U.S. has exited the Paris agreement on climate change but there is much that others can do
A large  chunk of ice melts in Antarctic Peninsula, November 2014. Photo courtesy of David Stanley, Wikimedia Commons

The United States is walking away from the Paris agreement on climate change, which was so laboriously negotiated by most of the world’s countries in 2015. This is suicidal lunacy on the part of Republicans who still claim that climate change is a hoax. Continue reading U.S leaves Paris climate change accord, what we can do now

Donald Trump wins election but not the vote

Donald Trump won the U.S. election but lost the popular vote. What happens now?
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Michael Vadon/Wikipedia Commons

Our southern neighbours have chosen as their president a serial liar, a crude racist and sexual predator — someone who has grown wealthy by avoiding taxes, declaring bankruptcy several times and stiffing both his employees and his creditors.  What’s more, Donald Trump is a potential demagogue similar in temperament to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.  Continue reading Donald Trump wins election but not the vote

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in rhetorical battle

In her use of rhetoric Hillary Clinton is a foil to Donald Trump
In her use of rhetoric Hillary Clinton is a foil to Donald Trump. U.S. State Department photo.

Dear readers of Pulpit and Politics:

Normally, I post my articles directly to my website, but in this case I am making a slight exception. Policy Options magazine has  just published a piece that I wrote about the competing rhetorical styles being used by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election campaign. I am asking you to read the piece by going directly to the Policy Options website site. You can do that by clicking HERE.

Best wishes,
dennis gruending

Religion and America’s election, Trump doesn’t do Beatitudes

Religion and the US election. Expect no Beatitudes from Donald Trump
Donald Trump speaking to media in 2015. Photo by Gage Skidmore

In her nomination speech to the Democratic National Convention in July, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described her Methodist faith as the foundation of her activism. “[My mother] made sure I learned the words of our Methodist faith,” she said “‘Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.’” This is almost Sermon-on-the-Mount material, and one hopes that Clinton actually means it.

Trump and evangelicals

Meanwhile, her political rival Donald Trump says that he’s a Presbyterian. But in his nomination speech to the Republican National Convention, he only explicitly mentioned religion while praising evangelical Christians. “I would like to thank the evangelical community,” trump said, “because, I will tell you what, the support they have given me — and I’m not sure I totally deserve it — has been so amazing.” Continue reading Religion and America’s election, Trump doesn’t do Beatitudes