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HYPOCRISY ABOUT JUSTICE IN WASHINGTON AND LITTLE ROCK

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2024 May 17, 2024 Little Rock, Arkansas   In recent days we have witnessed several public displays of hypocrisy by white politicians from Arkansas involving social justice. A statue of Mrs. Daisy Bates, a civil rights activist and journalist, was unveiled in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. White politicians extolled her courage, tenacity, and leadership that led to nine Black teenagers breaking the racial barrier and enrolling in Little Rock Central High School in September 1957. The same politicians are undermining everything Mrs. Bates stood for. They are actively looting public education funds to benefit private schools. They are falsely claiming that accurate instruction about the history of systemic racial injustice in this society is “indoctrination.” That’s a two-sentence summary of the political hoax called the LEARNS Act that Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the Republican super-majority of the Arkansas legislat

THE DAY FASCISM APPEARED IN THE SUPREME COURT

  © Wendell Griffen, 2024 April 26, 2024 Little Rock, Arkansas     Yesterday a lawyer stood in the well of the Supreme Court of the United States and boldly declared that a President is absolutely immune from criminal prosecution if he/she commits murder, bribery, sedition, conspiracy to overthrow the government, or any other crimes as an “official act.” The lawyer argued to Justices who refused to focus on the allegations in the indictment issued by a federal grand jury against Donald Trump for attempting to overthrow the 2020 presidential election result, including allegedly suborning false sworn statements about baseless claims that the election was fraudulent. And he made that argument as the senior Justice, Clarence Thomas, looked down from the bench despite the fact that Virginia “Ginny” Thomas, his wife, was allied with the movement that tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of office in January 2021. He made that argument before several Justices who have profes

WATCHING THE NEXT BIDEN ADMINISTRATION UNFOLD THROUGH PALESTINIAN AND HAITIAN EYES

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2024 Little Rock, Arkansas   We can go online and read the Project 2025 report published by the right-wing Heritage Foundation to learn what to expect if Donald Trump becomes the next President of the United States after the 2024 general election. It is beyond disquieting. It is horrible to expect an executive branch run by demagogues determined to gut federal agencies responsible for health, human services, education, environmental protection, and respect for federal lands. If elected in 2024, Donald Trump will usher in an era of fascism unlike anything imagined in U.S. history. But we need look no further than Palestine and Haiti to know what to expect if Joe Biden is re-elected. Joe Biden has been counseling, cheering, financing, and outfitting the Israeli apartheid regime. That regime has used U.S. funding to terrorize Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israel has used U.S. weapons, munitions, and diplomatic cover to commit what the Inte

THE LATEST PROOF THAT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL IS A SHAM

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2024 You might be excused for not knowing that the United Nations Security Council finally passed a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza on March 26 after the United States abstained from voting. Almost six months have passed since Hamas fighters invaded Israel on October 7, 2023. Over 32,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in retaliation for that attack. Nations across the world have called for a ceasefire for months, but the United States vetoed ceasefire resolutions until March 26. But you might be excused for not knowing that the Security Council passed such a resolution on March 26. After all, the Biden administration shipped more bombs and other war tools to Israel since then. President Joe Biden signed legislation that defunds UNRWA, the UN agency that provides humanitarian relief and assistance to Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem the day after the resolution was adopted. The ceasefire resolution came too l

HISTORY WILL DAMN JOE BIDEN FOR ISRAELI GENOCIDE IN GAZA

  © Wendell Griffen, 2024   In the face of a genocide conducted by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza that has killed over 30,000 Palestinians, maimed over 70,000 others, and is worsening minute by minute, major news outlets in the United States lead with “breaking news” each day about the campaign to elect whoever will be inaugurated as President of the United States in January 2025. One of the two leading contenders is known throughout the world as a sociopath. Donald Trump is a civilly judged sex offender and civilly judged corporate con man. His racism, anti-Muslim bigotry, xenophobia, pathological dishonesty, and capitalist greed has become the new face of U.S. fascism. Sadly, his most loyal voting constituency claim to be “evangelical Christians” who believe in “family values.” Trump is cheering for Israel to “finish the job” in Gaza. The other leading contender is a career Democratic politician who has fecklessly backed every iteration of the Israeli settler colonial enterpr

FROM ALLAN BOESAK IN SOUTH AFRICA AND WENDELL GRIFFEN IN THE UNITED STATES

  BREAKING SILENCE ABOUT THE HATEFUL FAITH OF U.S.-ISRAELI ZIONISM, SETTLER COLONIALISM, APARTHEID, WHITE SUPREMACY, XENOPHOBIA,  AND VIOLENCE AGAINST PALESTINIANS IN THE “HOLY LAND” In the U.S.-funded and sponsored project to dispossess the indigenous Palestinians, we are witnessing an overt and bald expression of white supremacy, racism, Anglo-European imperialism, settler colonialism, apartheid, genocide, and xenophobia. Zionism has historically played and continues to play a key role in the crimes committed against the Palestinian people by Israel and its supporters in the West. Expressing itself potently in Christianity from the time of the Reformation to the present day, and more recently in Judaism, Zionism has propelled and served to legitimate the actions of our government and other Western powers to support Israel’s project of colonialism and ethnic cleansing.   Both forms of Zionism betray the values of love, compassion and equality that are fundamental to their respective f

BREAKING SILENCE ABOUT THE HATEFUL FAITH OF U.S.-ISRAELI ZIONISM, SETTLER COLONIALISM, APARTHEID, WHITE SUPREMACY, XENOPHOBIA, AND VIOLENCE AGAINST PALESTINIANS AND PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT IN THE “HOLY LAND”

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2024 I am a public theologian, pastor in the religion of Jesus, retired jurist, legal scholar, activist for peace and justice, and cultural competency and inclusion consultant who has written and spoken publicly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [1] I now offer my latest and most extensive judgment about the impact of the hateful faith of U.S./Jewish Zionism, white supremacy, racism, Anglo-European imperialism, settler colonialism, apartheid, genocide, and xenophobia on Palestinians, other people of African descent in Palestine and Israel, and on the Muslims, Christians, and persons of other faiths in the region of Africa between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea that is called “the Holy Land.” The United States government has invested over $150 billion in foreign aid to Israel since 1948. Israel has used that money to arm its military and depopulate indigenous Palestinians from Palestine, Zionist Christian and Jewish settler colonies in Palest