How About We End It Here

How about we end it here.
Do something unexpected,
courageous and wise.

Let the US leave Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Saud, Israel
and every other country to themselves,
and let’s make for ourselves a nice home,
spending our money on health and education
and sustainable, just living with Earth and our neighbors.

Let us bring our troops and equipment from all over the world home.
Let us melt down the useless bombs.
We need no more than the poorest anywhere and then everyone,
everywhere will live rich in spirit,
each with one’s daily bread,

like the beloved of God.




My Country’s Skies Are Bluer than the Ocean

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

I thought of one of my favorite peace hymns, “This Is My Song” (tune: Finlandia) when I saw a photograph of Tehran, Iran on Twitter yesterday. Press TV, an Iranian English-speaking news outlet posted the photo and caption, “Tehran’s blue sky right now!”

I have no quarrel with anyone from Iran. Who does really? Only the elite who profit from war. It is time for human beings to take back our lands and sing with confidence a song of peace so the God of all the nations will believe that we really want it.

Here are the rest of the lyrics and a nice harmony on it from the Indigo Girls.

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is,
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating,
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

Truth Jihad: A Conversation with Kevin Barrett

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In March 2018 I had a live interview scheduled with Dr. Kevin Barrett on my monthly show, “The Beloved Community” on KBOO. Through a smear campaign led by Rose City Antifa complete with name-calling, character assassination, and a deluge of tweets and phone calls, the station staff and management were pressured to stop the interview and actually ban Kevin Barrett from being on the air. (Staff and management claim they were not pressured.) I appealed the decision but my appeal was never addressed. Dr. Barrett never had an opportunity to defend himself. Volunteers or the membership never had an opportunity to review this process.

On December 13th, 2019 I broadcast a pre-recorded show that included audio from the last sermon I gave to my church, an interview with Dr. David Ray Griffin and a speech Dr. Kevin Barrett delivered at a KBOO-sponsored event at Portland State in February 2018 about US-Saudi relations. Staff, in response to phone calls, stopped the broadcast in the midst of Dr. Barrett’s speech and played Christmas music! In protest to this personal disrespect and censorship, I decided to take a sabbatical from my volunteer duties and support of KBOO and move my show to a platform that respects the spirit of the First Amendment. You can read my story here.

Over Christmas, Dr. Barrett interviewed me for his radio show, Truth Jihad, and gave me permission and encouragement to rebroadcast that interview on my program.

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John Shuck on Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio

Censored Presbyterian Minister and Radio Host John Shuck on Why He’s Leaving KBOO-Portland and His Church

December 25, 2019 Kevin Barrett

John Shuck: When they won’t let you tell the truth, it’s time to leave

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Presbyterian minister John Shuck is leaving his KBOO-Portland radio show “Beloved Community” and his church position. Apparently neither the radio station nor the church can handle the truth about 9/11 and related topics. John recently wrote me:

Dear Dr. Barrett,

A number of changes have happened to me. I am no longer pastor at my church. I was judged too radical opposing wars and their lies and saying too many good things about Islam.  Now I am done with KBOO too. Here is my last show that includes audio from you.

https://progressivespirit.net/2019/12/13/holding-to-your-truth/

I dedicated the show to you and to Dr. Griffin, two people who have for me modeled the spirit of sacrifice for truth that I saw in Jesus and Hussain. The audio I included of you was the speech you gave at the conference in Feb 2018 about the US and Saudi empires. I never broadcast it before.

Anyway in the middle of the broadcast this past Friday morning, while you were speaking, the station staff stopped it and played Christmas music! Naughty of me to play anything by the banned Kevin Barrett.  So after 20 months of the station’s inability to treat either of us like human beings, I decided it was a good time to go.

I want you to know how important you have been to me on a personal level. You model human decency in the time when the inhumane are in power.  Thank you.

https://shuckandjive.blogspot.com/2019/12/sabbatical-from-kboo.html

All the Best,

John Shuck

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John Shuck’s church was vandalized with Antifa-style graffiti. Earlier, Portland Antifa had pressured KBOO radio to prevent John from interviewing me.

Holding to Your Truth

This is my last show on KBOO. During the airing of this episode on Friday December 13th, 9-10 am, the staff stopped the on-air broadcast in the midst of Dr. Kevin Barrett’s address and played Christmas music. In response to this act of censorship and the ongoing censorship and banning of Dr. Barrett from my show beginning in March 2018, I have decided to take a sabbatical from KBOO. I will move the show to another platform. You can read a full explanation here. Find my shows at Progressive Spirit.

In this special pre-recorded edition of The Beloved Community, you will hear John Shuck’s final sermon to his church (edited by ALIPortland) plus reflections on truth, truth-telling, and the importance of creating space and protecting truth-tellers, particularly those who expose the empire’s war machine. 

You will also hear an interview with Dr. David Ray Griffin about his book, “Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World” plus an address by Dr. Kevin Barrett that was given at the KBOO sponsored event, “The US/Saudi Coalition: Bringing Peace or War?” that was held at Portland State in February 2018.  

Clockwise from top left: Dr. David Ray Griffin, my last sermon at Southminster (11/24-2019), Dr. Kevin Barrett and Dr. Scott Bennett at PSU’s conference: “The US-Saudi Coalition: Bringing Peace or War?” February 2018.

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A Blue Christmas Without You

I wrote this for the Beaverton Resource Guide:

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you

Seven years ago, during the summer of 2012, we lost our son, Zach, at the age of 25.

For Christmas that year, my wife and I managed to get a Christmas tree. We placed upon it clear tear-shaped ornaments and blue lights. It was a Blue Christmas, a la, Elvis: “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.” Nonetheless, it was Christmas.

The blue and the tears were good for our souls. I know that other celebrations besides Christmas are celebrated during the holiday season, but perhaps all of our celebrations have a similar orientation around this time of Winter Solstice. At the darkest point, the sun begins its rise.

There is much to be festive about at this time of year:  Shopping, parties, gathering with families, glowing candles, children in their pajamas, concerts and light shows and plenty of Santa hats. I love all of it.

Yet, Christmas (and the holiday season as a whole) is most complete when it includes some blue. The light that shines in the darkness is shining for the darkness of grief, loss, and struggle that we all experience. It is the price of being born.

Our tree won’t consist entirely of tear-shaped ornaments and blue lights this year, but there will be a couple of them. They will remind us of Zach and of loss and of the Light of a new dawn that pierces the darkness.

Wherever life finds you this season, may the Light meet you where you need to be met even if it shines through the color blue.

John Shuck is a Presbyterian minister. His website is www.progressivespirit.net