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E.J. is a progressive activist serving to help promote an initiative based on Jeffersonian principles regarding government and religion -- principles which Abraham Lincoln said are "the axioms of a free society."

E.J. was born near the beginning of World War Two and has experienced the changes in America since then. He has closely examined how and why America has changed during the last 33 years, since at that time he saw the ominous signs of the terrible things to come. Now he understands why evil has triumphed over good and enabled the greediest of the richest few to now own 95 percent of the nation's wealth.

He understands that it was because Reaganism was sold as being "patriotic and religious" even though it was and is neither. In fact, Reaganism created a Plutocratic ideology that serves "Mammon," not God. But the American people didn't realize how or why the wool was being pulled over their eyes.

That is why he promotes an Interfaith initiative reflecting universal truths common to all religions. He understand that what we need is religious pluralism, religious tolerance, and real religious freedom, with freedom from theocratic imposition into the operations of government. As Jefferson said, we must have a "wall of separation between church and state."

E.J. promotes the message here on OEN (even though he vehemently disagrees with some of the articles published here) because too many Americans are divided, polarized and in conflict because they have been cunningly misled and misguided regarding the intent of America's Founders and the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.

And yet, ironically, the worst, most proud and aggressively militant leaders proudly an persistently claim they are "patriotic and religious." They cling to and try to perpetuate Reaganism, which means they do not believe that politics and government should promote the general welfare and use the common wealth for the common good.

Even worse, they do not understand that religion should be a unifying influence that creates a feeling of kinship. Instead they believe it justifies them in feeling "holier than thou" and believing that they are entitled to rule the world, which of course creates more conflict and division -- and that has impacted the nation and world in very negative and even disastrous ways.

Everyone needs to learn that we are one family of nations, religions, races and cultures, and only when we act like it, celebrate our diversity, and use the common wealth for the common good, will we have lasting peace.


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gun Tuesday, October 6, 2015 (35 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Second Amendment: What Does It Actually Say and Mean? n order to establish needed arms control and sufficient regulation, laws and law enforcement, we need to dispel the false interpretations of the Second Amendment. And we also need to establish sufficient education, prevention, intervention and treatment programs to reduce gun violence and mass murders in America.

The U.S. Constitution Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Better Alternative To The Calls for Socialism Many good progressives have written many books and articles that have been helpful in pointing out America's problems. However, lately, perhaps because they have become desperate in the face of such powerful odds, some of them have come to some ill-advised conclusions. Today the focus should be about establishing a real Democracy, at long last, to produce government that will finally be of, by, and for the people.

March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom Sunday, August 23, 2015 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Civil Disobedience: How Is It Most Effective, and When Do We Need To Resort To It? Some activists fighting for civil rights and environmental protections in America have been resorting to civil disobedience in very obstructive ways to protest mistreatment of people and the environment, and they assert that "This is what Democracy looks like." But is it really Democratic? And, more importantly, is it effective? That is what we should consider.

John Lennon, Imagine Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Imagine: An Homage and Variations On A Theme This is an homage to John Lennon's song, Imagine, which has become an anthem for those seeking social justice and freedom from religious Theocracy; freedom from Plutocracy; freedom from social injustice; freedom from racism and bigotry in all forms; freedom from Imperialism and Neo-Imperialism; and freedom from nationalistic hegemony. And this article discusses how we may establish those freedoms and social justice.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My Christmas Wish - 2014 I wish there were peace on earth, and good will among all men and women. I wish that all people realized the truth that is within them, which would enable them to see that peace and good will are the only things that will enable us to cooperate, collaborate and work together to save this world, and save humanity itself.

Confederate Flag Saturday, December 6, 2014 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How The Neo-Confederacy Brought Rise to the Neo-Racism Since the beginning of slavery in America, it has been justified as being "according to the "Word of God." Indeed, in May 1861 a group of Southern clergymen seceded their churches from the Union. In December they met in Georgia to adopt an official statement to justify secession from the Union as well as justify slavery on the basis of "biblical justification." That attitude still lives.

One World, One People Saturday, March 22, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A New Liberation Theology "Liberation Theology" is a political movement among certain Roman Catholic priests and their lay parish members, as well as certain progressive Protestants like the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who interpreted the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as intended to liberate the people, and especially the poor, from unjust economic, political and social conditions. But the New Liberation Theology goes much further.

Deficit Reduction Committee Monday, December 10, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Demanding Cuts In "Spending" and "Entitlements" to Increase Revenue Is Extortion The general consensus among Republicans and Democrats, as well as most of the TV pundits, is that to resolve the current stalemate over economics and avoid going over the "fiscal cliff" we need to cut "spending" and "Entitlements" if we are to require to wealthy to pay even a little more in taxes. This indicates the success of Republican and Tea Party coercion, extortion, and fear tactics, which must be brought fully to light.