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The Divine Feminine

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I originally submitted this article for Truthout, which published an essay by me about Thomas Merton a little over  a year ago. I got notified that it got passed over for publication by their editorial board. I thought it would be a good fit for the blog.


The Divine Feminine
If there ever was evidence for patriarchy, organized religion certainly is it. Throughout all of the major religions, men dominate the leadership structure and are the most predominant in figures of reverence. It's not simply a …

Maiello and Orion Worry About World Wars and Star Wars

It's been a while since I've talked with Michael Maiello. Maiello is a successful journalist who has written for Forbes, Esquire and other publications. Here we are, at it again. Enjoy.

Questions for Maiello


Instead of asking you what you thought of another shooting, I wanted to ask you about my hypothesis of what is happening.

We have a Republican president who is running on all sorts of liberal platforms shrouded in over the top racism and sexism. We have random shootings, leading to what may be possible executive action to stop it. We have a stand off between great powers in the Middle East, with one appearing confused and insane after the strain of endless wars and economic turmoil and the other resurgent after being untouched by such turmoil. There are apparently also going to be street protests of Islam in American cities. It sounds a whole lot like Europe in the 1930s, to be honest. All of those things basically happened in Europe then.
I think, at least on the domestic si…

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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

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Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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