“They can show us on a survey how many people like the name, but it doesn’t have anything to do with that. This name should go out the window, just as Al Jolson went out the window for wearing black face,” Rev. Graylan Hagler said.
Brat claims to be a “fairly orthodox Calvinist,” but several of his published writings expose a unsettling core theology that is centered around lifting up unregulated, free-market capitalism as a morally righteous system that churches should embrace—or else.
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Protecting Christian minorities is undoubtedly a component of Francis' newfound diplomatic voice, but his peaceful approach is also a firm reclamation of a moral weight once enjoyed by Catholicism —and possibly religion as a whole—in international politics.
“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude,” Pope Francis said.