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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

4 responses to “Justin Katz and the religion of cognitive dissonance”

  1. Philip Spadola

    Excellent breakdown of Justin Katz’s opinion piece in the Providence Journal. Unfortunately there will be more space on those pages for Katz  now that Ed Achorn  has been made editor of the Journal’s editorial pages. 

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  2. cailin rua

    The other night I read the piece by Justin Katz at Anchor Rising/The Current, the same one that appeared in the Journal today.  I wanted to follow up on a news story in the Journal about the conference this month at the “Portsmouth Institute”, curious of what the Portsmouth Institute was all about. My search led me to Katz’ blog. I didn’t know they had Robert George there a short while ago.  Wow!

    ” The General Assembly and governor have no power to change the will of God”

    That is a direct quote from Justin Katz.  In Iran, this might not appear to be such an audacious statement.  And at the Providence Journal?  Wow!

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  3. leftyrite

    …and God is living on Fountain Street?
    Oy vey ish mir!!

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  4. Gloria Crist

    This is a timely reminder for those of us living in Tiverton. His article was also written near the time Katz decided he was on a mission(from God? or his own lack of …well, something) to take down Tiverton’s government and our schools by 2022. When challenged on his Katz math and narrow minded opinions-or his facts for that matter, indeed, he plays the victim and retaliates by name calling,crying or taking out “charter violations”, ie, lawsuits, against the town, employees, or anyone else who does not fall in line with his fear based beliefs His latest, lawsuit, his fourth or fifth? I have lost count- is against our library, staff and the town for conspiracy charges. The hearing is June 13. Taxpayers foot the bill.As a taxpayer, I find this insulting and a waste of my money. How such a “religious man” can give the Eucharist on a Sunday and write such hate on a Monday is cognitive dissonance on full display. No doubt Katz will blog about it, and redirect anyone he can to the site. His agenda is in plain sight,though his funding source is not. Where does he get all that money for hateful postcard mailings and expensive robo calls??? He is a fearful man and he has a difficult time with the concept others just might hold a different view point. Yes, he gets to have his opinions, however, we all do not have to live in a world, or a community, where he plays God, and acts like a two year old.

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