Bible Study for Progressives with Rich Procida
Democracy and Propaganda Awareness

Democracy and Propaganda Awareness

February 16, 2020

This is an edited version of my interview by Lynne Mystic Healer. She asked me how to bring back real democracy. We can begin by recognizing that propaganda and other covert techniques are being used against us.  I talk about the effects and types of propaganda and how propagandists spread disinformation and cause division.  How many advertisements do you see every day? How about political advertisements and partisan news sources? I describe my experiences and how I became aware of things like propaganda, political cults, and covert hypnosis. In this age of influence, propaganda is everywhere. To resist oppression we must educate ourselves and be critical about what we choose to think and believe. 

Propaganda Alert, Part 1: Identifying and Resisting Divisive Disinformation

Propaganda Alert, Part 1: Identifying and Resisting Divisive Disinformation

February 10, 2020

We are inundated with propaganda. If we consider that propaganda includes advertising, messaging, and public relations, we can begin to recognize how surrounded we are by propaganda.

This episode is part one of a two-part series on propaganda. If we were to ask why America is so divided, why the Left is always divided and chaotic, and why we are in the situation we are in politically here in the United States and around the world, one answer would be propaganda. Once we recognize that we are all influenced by propaganda, we can learn to defend ourselves against it.

On this show, we talk about propaganda, what it is, where it comes from, and how we can protect ourselves from it. Then we will examine some recent propaganda around impeachment and the election and expose some of the propaganda we can expect to hear as the 2020 election approaches. 

Our panel includes:

Author and Minister Bert Newton,

Media Psychology Specialist Lisa Snow, and

Professor of Philosophy, Joseph Dowd.

My name is Rich Procida and I write on religion and politics for LAProgressive.com and I blog at ModernLectionaries.blogspot.com.

Let’s begin.

#Impeach #Impeach45 

Propaganda Warning! The Election is Coming

Propaganda Warning! The Election is Coming

January 27, 2020

On this show, myself, Andy Miller, and Lynne Mystic-Healer talk about propaganda and the election. We are inundated with political propaganda and it's important to recognize and resist it. Andy and I go over some of the propaganda that we are hearing now and expect hear during the election. We also discuss ways to identify and resist deceptive and manipulative propaganda coming from our leaders and the media that is designed to divide the Left and unify the Right.

Orange County Groups Demand a Full and Fair Trial in the Senate

Orange County Groups Demand a Full and Fair Trial in the Senate

January 15, 2020

This is a recording of a press conference put on by a number of local groups to demand that the Senate conduct a full and fair trial with documents and witnesses. 

The People Demand a Full and Fair Trial in the Senate

The People Demand a Full and Fair Trial in the Senate

January 6, 2020

The people have every right to demand and fair trial with witnesses and documents. The America people expect Donald Trump to stand up and defend himself. 

Post Impeachment Analysis

Post Impeachment Analysis

December 24, 2019

My analysis of the post-impeachment situation and placing it in a biblical context.

Why Don’t Christians Follow Jesus and the Bible?

Why Don’t Christians Follow Jesus and the Bible?

December 22, 2019

Why don’t Christians follow Jesus and the Bible? This is a question many Americans are asking given the historical support among Evangelicals for unchristian policies, and particularly their support for President Donald Trump. On this show, New Age podcaster Lynne Mystic-Healer seeks answers on this and other questions. Along the way, we discuss the problem of human evil and the purpose and importance of impeachment. I hope you enjoy this discussion of the darkness in the human heart and its collective expression in politics. 

Inalienable and Free: Spiritual Activism and Impeachment, Part 2

Inalienable and Free: Spiritual Activism and Impeachment, Part 2

October 6, 2019

This show is part two of a two-part show I did with creative genius Johnny Blue Star on his podcast “Inalienable and Free: Voice of the Coalition.” Johnny Blue Star is an artist and spiritual activist who creates media projects through his company “New Galaxy Enterprises.” Our discussion of spiritual activism and progressive Christianity is in the background while we identify the many impeachable offenses Donald Trump had already committed and address some of the objections to impeaching him. While this show was recorded before the opening of the current impeachment inquiry, we address his pattern of behavior, a pattern that is impeachable in and by itself, and as such, will likely to be relied upon especially considering recent developments.  

I hope you enjoy part two of our discussion of spiritual activism and impeachment.

Inalienable and Free: Spiritual Activism and Impeachment, Part 1

Inalienable and Free: Spiritual Activism and Impeachment, Part 1

September 25, 2019

This show is part one of a two-part show I did with creative genius Johnny Blue Star on his podcast “Inalienable and Free: Voice of the Coalition.” Johnny Blue Star is an artist and spiritual activist who creates media projects through his company “New Galaxy Enterprises.” On this show, we talk about progressive Christianity and spiritual activism and then move to a discussion about the media and the issue of impeaching Donald Trump. This show was recorded before the opening of an impeachment inquiry by Nancy Pelosi and contains insight into why the impeachment debate went at it did with such a rapid and sudden change after months or even years of delay.  

I hope you enjoy this episode, part one of two on spiritual activism and impeachment.

Progressive New Age Christianity: A Dialogue

Progressive New Age Christianity: A Dialogue

August 12, 2019

Most Christians have New Age beliefs and many spiritual people cite scripture in support of their beliefs. The author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale” relied on scripture to support his philosophy. The Prosperity Gospel of preachers like Joel Osteen is the Christian form of positive thinking.

While most Americans hold a combination New Age and Christian beliefs, there are lines between Progressive Christianity and New Age beliefs and practices. On this show New Age life coach Michael Gross, New Age podcast host Lynne Mystic-healer, and Progressive Christian Mystic and Prophet Rich Procida talk about individual and social forms of salvation from New Age and Progressive Christian perspectives. I hope you enjoy this discussion about two of America’s largest faiths.