Might Hillary Clinton Become A Guest Pastor In The Methodist Church? What A Brilliant Idea!

Hillary Clinton speaks at Union Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, in October 2016.

Hillary Clinton speaks at Union Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, in October 2016.

Hillary Clinton just might become a preacher. The Atlantic writes that's what she told Bill Shillady, Hillary's longtime pastor, at a photo shoot for his new book focused on the daily devotionals he sent Hillary during the 2016 campaign. The story has legs, according to former Newsweek editor Kenneth Woodward who said that Clinton told him in 1994 that the idea of becoming an ordained Methodist minister was on her mind "all the time". She requested his confidentiality, however, saying "It will make me seem much too pious."

Religion is on Hillary's mind, however, and I doubt it's only because she seeks to rehabilitate her public image, as suggested by Hillary's critics. Hillary clearly sees the way right-wing Christians are demanding that theirs is the only valid American faith, when America worships at least four visions of God, according to an ongoing 2010 project at Baylor University by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader, one that has really caught our eye at AOC. The original research surveyed in-depth 1,648 US adults. But the online research -- which I took -- covered over 100,000 people.

We must broaden the definition of God in America, because the right-wingers who have cloaked themselves in religion and its most rigid beliefs are not the only religious people in America.

Two books are slated to come out of Clinton world early this fall: 'What Happened',Clinton’s personal account of the election, and 'Strong for a Moment' Like This, Shillady’s book of devotionals. Shillady, who runs the United Methodist City Society in New York, wrote the book at Clinton’s suggestion; he said his is the only book for which Clinton has agreed to write a foreword. Clinton and her staffers read and approved the copy ahead of time, writes The Atlantic.

My pleasure of discovering this article came in validating Shillady's devotional to Hillary the day after she lost the election. He wrote:

Jesus completed the excruciating task of giving up his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. It was his faith and belief in his heavenly Father, that gave him the grace and peace to submit to Friday. While death had seemingly won, Jesus knew better. When he said, "It is finished," it wasn't meant to be a statement of concession. It was a declaration that a new day was on the way.

Friday is finished. Sunday is coming. Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday.

As for Hillary attending the seminary, that's doubtful, according to Shillady. 

 “I think it would be more of … her guest preaching at some point,” he said. “We have a long history of lay preachers in the United Methodist Church.”

Since the election, “I think her faith is stronger,” Shillady explained. “I haven’t noticed anything different, except that I think she is more relaxed than I’ve ever seen her.” I will pursue this discovery of Hillary's current thinking to see if there is any way that Anne of Carversville can contribute to a new project, one that acknowledges the importance of religion in American lives, while working to educate and communicate that the vision of God in America is not singular. ~ Anne

NYT Writer Bari Weiss Challenges 'Radical' Ideology Of Women's March Quartet

From left, Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory, organizers of the Women’s March in January, in Washington last month protesting gun violence. CreditJonathan Ernst/Reuters

From left, Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory, organizers of the Women’s March in January, in Washington last month protesting gun violence. CreditJonathan Ernst/Reuters

In the midst of our Trump tears, The Women's March mobilized our anger and our anxieties on Jan. 21. Writing for The New York Times, Bari Weiss reminds us of the tremendous unity that seemed to exist among Democrats and progressives on that historic day. 

Four exceptional women — Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour — were the faces of the march. All well-known in progressive circles, the quartet was widely praised, writes Weiss. 

There was Tamika Mallory, a young black activist who was crowned the “Sojourner Truth of our time” by Jet magazine and “a leader of tomorrow” by Valerie Jarrett. Carmen Perez, a Mexican-American and a veteran political organizer, was named one of Fortune’s Top 50 World Leaders. Linda Sarsour, a hijab-wearing Palestinian-American and the former head of the Arab-American Association of New York, had been recognized as a “champion of change” by the Obama White House. And Bob Bland, the fashion designer behind the “Nasty Women” T-shirts, was the white mother who came up with the idea of the march in the first place.

The remainder of Weiss' op-ed focuses on what she calls the "alarming ideas" of the quartet, with a targeted focus on the recent controversies swirling around Linda Sarsour. I addressed my own concerns on Sarsour's tactics and strategy last week and will not comment on the points raised by Weiss, who focuses on their celebration of Fidel Castro, Louis Farrakhan, Assata Shakur and more. 

The Women's March organizers are assuming a defiant stance against what we might call FINOs -- Feminists In Name Only -- because we do not embrace their platform in a group hug for their heroes list. Their insistence that we reject Hillary Clinton and embrace Louis Farrakhan, who insists that whites are a "race of devils" and that "white people deserve to die" is not the mantra of form of feminism that I can embrace. ~ Anne

Two-Thirds In Morning Consult/Politico Poll of 2000 Americans Say Trump's Bloody Mika Brzezinski Attack Is Unacceptable

Poll: Trump's 'face-lift' tweet crossed Line Politico

A large poll of nearly 2000 American voters confirmed that two-thirds say Donald Trump's recent Twitter attack against MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was unacceptable. 

Conducted June 29-30, beginning hours after Trump called Brzezinski 'low IQ Mika' before writing that she was 'bleeding badly from a face-lift' when visiting his Palm Beach, Florida club over the New Year's holiday., the results included strong condemnation from Republicans. 

The poll includes much additional and interesting questioning of Americans on a variety of topics. Study the results Toplines: http://politi.co/2tG5Cq8 | Crosstabshttp://politi.co/2tNM1Vj