September 19, 2018

From the Genesis of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, sexual exploitation of women, rape and patriarchy are stitched into the fabric of the world’s religions. Abram’s sexual exploitation of both his female slave and his wife, is just the first example of bigamy, sexual servitude, rape and the denigration of women that is the foundation of multiple faith traditions. A significant segment of Christian society believe scripture tells them wives should submit to their husbands, women should have no authority over… Read more

September 18, 2018

On Sept. 19, 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded their first live album in Central Park, New York. More than 500,000 people packed into the park for their first performance in 11 years. The album was released on Feb. 16, 1982 and the concert was broadcast on HBO for years. The concert was a benefit performance, with proceeds helping to refurbish Central Park. Subsequent airings of the program during fund drives have helped public television stations raise money. Simon… Read more

September 14, 2018

On Sept. 15, 1963, hate blew-up the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Al. The massive explosion wounded nearly two dozen and took the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair. It was Birmingham’s fourth bombing in four weeks. Four little girls were murdered in a terrorist attack; attacks that continue daily. Birmingham Sunday (September 15, 1963) By Langston Hughes Four little girls Who went to Sunday School that day And never came back home… Read more

September 13, 2018

These are trying times. Each day, we can choose to react to the world with fear or with hope. We can surrender to the darker nature of the human spirit, or embrace hope and possibility. Predominantly white, predominantly male, predominantly Conservative Americans project fear and hearken back to halcyon days of old that never existed. They don’t want the equitable tax structure of 1955, just the racism, sexism and xenophobia. Fear of others has always been a way for the… Read more

September 8, 2018

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September 1, 2018

After Donald Trump ended his prepared remarks to a roomful of modern Pharisees, he spoke off the cuff and threatened the fear mongers with a fearful future if Democrats take control of Congress in November: “They will end everything immediately,” Mr. Trump said. “When you look at antifa,” he added, a term that describes militant leftist groups, “and you look at some of these groups, these are violent people.” Trump demonstrated he sees the conservative Evangelical leaders as little more… Read more

August 30, 2018

For nearly 40 years, Evangelicals preached dire sermons against a godless, sin-soaked culture focused on wealth, immorality, celebrity, sexual promiscuity and worldly power. On Aug. 27, they celebrated it. The White House guest list was a who’s who of Conservative Christians: Paula White, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, Lester Warner, Eric Metaxas, James Dobson and others. It’s easy to see how former Evangelicals become disenchanted with the church of their childhood. Trump is literally… Read more

August 21, 2018

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August 10, 2018

On behalf of the people of the Unites States of America, tax dollars are paying government employees to commit atrocities against children. How do you feel about that? A Trump policy intentionally implemented to be as painful as possible to the victims, separated 2,551 children from their parents at the U.S. border. The parents of 410 children were deported without their children– more than the number of airline passengers killed on 9-11. An additional 162 children remain separated from their… Read more

August 1, 2018

Dozens of little girls in pink tights brought to mind the paintings of Edgar Degas. The five weeks of summer class were level II ballet in one of the finest programs in the state. I knew in the first few minutes of the first class that this would be an excellent opportunity for my four year-old. I took ballet in college and wasn’t happy with the dance class my daughter took elsewhere last summer. I was struck by the uniformity… Read more

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