CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle blog post: "Does Trump Have a Strategy?"

Following the recent chemical attacks on Syrian civilians, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle shared his thoughts in the "Unite Rochester" blog in the Rochester, New York Democrat and Chronicle. Read the piece here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2017/04/11/marvin-mcmickle-does-trump-have-strategy/100321292/

 

 

"When Will We Ever Learn?" by CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

In a recent "Unite Rochester" blog post regarding the recent attack on Syria by the United States, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle wrote:

"I am a devoted follower of the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. At the heart of those teachings is his view that racism, poverty, and militarism are the greatest obstacles to a democratic society. I was reminded of this "tri-partite" system of evil in light of the recent bombings of a Syrian airbase ordered by President Trump. The President said he was moved by the death of persons as a result of the use of chemical weapons. Granted, the death of nearly 100 persons by chemical weapons was horrific. However, it was the same Donald Trump who, as a civilian critic of President Obama repeatedly said that the US should never intervene in Syria even though over 400,000 Syrian civilians had already been killed by their own government through the use of conventional weapons. Is it the policy of the United States that the death of 400,000 Syrians by conventional attack is acceptable, while the death of 100 Syrians by chemical attack is unacceptable? What makes the attack ordered by Trump even harder to understand is that it did not hamper the war making capacity of the Syrian government. Our attacks have not in any way deterred them from using that very same air field for waging war against their own  people. No runways were destroyed. No war planes were destroyed. In fact, just two days later, the Syrian government used that same airfield to launch a conventional bombing attack against the same town they had attacked with chemical weapons last week.  While the news media spent the last 72 hours focusing our attention on the launching of 59 tomahawk missiles at a cost of $59 million, they have now come to realize that the Trump-ordered attack has changed nothing in Syria. Indeed, it may have made matters worse. One attack will not drive Basheer Al Hasad out of power in Syria, but it may provoke some unanticipated counter- attacks by Syria, Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah. Now comes the inevitable question: If Trump cares so much about the victims of chemical attacks in Syria, will he change his travel ban and allow into the US those Syrian refugees who survived that chemical attack and who are now trying to flee from that terrible war zone? Dr. King was right when he warned that war alone does not solve our problems. It just creates new problems that demand our response, consume our money, and endanger the lives of our military personnel. The world has become a much more dangerous place since the attack ordered by Donald Trump. Does he have a strategy for peace, or just "an itchy trigger finger?"

CRCDS Stands in Support of our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Members of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, including faculty, students and alumni/ae attended a "Rally Against Anti-Semitism" yesterday in Brighton, NY, joining almost 150 people to decry hate crimes taking place locally and across the nation against the Jewish community. Coverage from this event is included here: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/top-stories/2017/03/12/brighton-jcc-closed-due-to-bomb-threat.html

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is attending a press conference this afternoon condemning racism, prejudice and intolerance and standing in support with members of the Interfaith community of the Greater Rochester area.

Dr. McMickle published a blog post today in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle entitled, ""No Time for Silence" calling all of us to action. Read his message here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2017/03/13/marvin-mcmickle-no-time-silence/99124342/

 

 

Join us! The CRCDS School for Christian Leadership offers new learning opportunites

The School for Christian Leadership at CRCDS now offers three paths for learning: in a traditional classroom setting, learning together with a cohort group, and online! Classes meet one Saturday per month, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from September to April.

Classes are an excellent opportunity for those seeking a deeper engagement in personal spirituality and for those who have been in diaconate or lay ministry. Participants may also earn Continuing Education credits (CEU's) for completed courses. Complete all three course cycles and receive your SCL certification.

For more information on classes or the School for Christian Leadership (SCL), please contact Melissa Morral at (585) 340-9633 or email mmorral@crcds.edu.

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "Cal Thomas missed the point entirely"

In a recent Letter to the Editor (Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle), CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle wrote:

"Cal Thomas missed the point entirely when it comes to the Johnson Amendment and Donald Trump's boast about having it repealed. The main focus of the 1954 Johnson Amendment to the IRS code was to prevent religious leaders from endorsing political candidates from their pulpits. It does no in any way prohibit religious leaders from commenting on political issues in general. The tax exempt status of a religious group would not be endangered if the leader of that group spoke openly about the Affordable Care Act, the Iran nuclear treaty, or the current immigration ban issued by Trump and halted by the courts. If, however, a pastor, rabbi, imam, or priest were to openly endorse any political candidate then seeking office at any level of government that would be a violation of the Johnson Amendment, and that group's tax exempt status would be at risk. I was the leader of a local religious community for 34 years, and I regularly commented on political issues. Some in the congregation may not have agreed with me, but I was never at odds with the Johnson Amendment or the IRS codes. This information is not hard to find. Perhaps Cal Thomas should do some basic research before he starts offering the wrong interpretation on a current event."