Syria War, Churches, Methodists, Franco, Spanish Civil War & Providence

by (@markdtooley) September 9, 2013

In contrast with the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s usual pacifist platitudes, two United Methodist bishops have made relatively thoughtful, careful statements on the Syria War. Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Conference urged joining Pope Francis’s call for fasting and prayer. And Hagiya avoided making a specific political recommendation. Instead, he […]

Recalling Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by (@markdtooley) August 9, 2013

With every receding year, there’s only one bad guy in the Pacific war.

This week marks the anniversaries of the atomic strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II. The strikes killed 150-250,000, and the war killed 50-60 million, about a third of whom were killed by imperialist Japan’s aggression in the Pacific. A recent news release from the World Council of Churches urged: “No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis.”

FDR’s June 6 D-Day Prayer, War, Churches, & Drones

by (@markdtooley) June 6, 2013

Episcopalians for Traditional Faith has a wonderful email today about the 1928 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer’s influence on President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous June 6, 1944 D-Day prayer, which he delivered on national radio today 69 years ago. Roosevelt began: Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty […]

Pearl Harbor’s Anniversary and the Churches

by (@markdtooley) December 7, 2012

Today is the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Seems like not too long ago when there were still lots of people around who personally recalled that day as unequaled in their memory. My grandmother would remember to me that she had been ironing clothes as a recently married woman in southwest Virginia when she listened […]

Britain Remembers Its ‘Finest Hour’

by (@TheIRD) September 14, 2012

By Mark Tooley Seventieth anniversary celebrations of various World War II anniversaries continue to slip by in what is maybe the last time that large numbers of veterans from that conflict will be able to participate. Most of our current global struggles pale in scale and in importance next to the last world war, which killed […]

Double Standards at General Conference

by (@TheIRD) May 4, 2012

By Mark Tooley The United Methodist General Conference often operates under one sided rules of an odd form of hyper political correctness. During the May 2 debate of Israeli settlements and anti-Israel divestment, the Rev. Robert Earl Long of Oklahoma, in opposing stances that exclusively fault Israel, said: “Of course we care about the Palestinians […]

Religious Isolationism and Pearl Harbor

by (@markdtooley) December 11, 2011

The following article and photograph, reposted with permission, appeared on the American Spectator website. In the American psyche there’s never been an event like Pearl Harbor. (Photo credit: American Spectator) In the American psyche there’s never been an event like Pearl Harbor, 70 years ago this week. Of course, 9/11 comes closest, but it followed decades of […]