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“Love is at the root of everything,” Mr. Rogers says at the beginning of the documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, “all learning, all relationships— love, or the lack of it. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.” The film is an hour and a half celebration of the life of the man who influenced millions of people, and who answered his fan mail with handwritten letters. An accomplished musician, Mr. Rogers… Read more

I work in a profane office. There is a lot of cursing. A lot. In the office and in the secular world in general, I often refer to myself as a person of faith, rather than as a Christian. In part, to not project my profane cynicism as representative of Christianity. And also to distance myself from those who claim the name of Christian, but who are even worse examples of a Christian than I am — bigots, charlatans, and… Read more

Americans didn’t want more foreigners so legal immigration to the United States was intentionally difficult. Federal policy severely limited the number of immigrants allowed into the country. The rules were designed to screen out criminals and reject the kind of foreigners that some said threatened the culture of the United States or took jobs from Americans. The application process was extensive, and many were denied the opportunity to enter the country. Quotas were limited, and filled quickly, with waiting lists… Read more

The Bible is clear. Jesus was born to a poor, young, unmarried mother and raised by a man who wasn’t his biological father. Jesus was a refugee; his family fled across a desert to a foreign land, searching for safety and a better life. Jesus was an unemployed, homeless day laborer living under the brutal control of an oppressive government. Jesus opposed the religious leaders of the day — men who misinterpreted scripture and sided with the politicians. Jesus was… Read more

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.” Working on my high school newspaper, a classmate and I wrote an article about suicide. I don’t remember which of us physically wrote the article. (My friend was much, much smarter than I was, so I assume he did most of the writing.) I do remember talking with him about my interview with a suicide hotline official. A singular fact from the interview has stuck with me, all these decades later. Look at… Read more

Happy birthday, William Butler Yeats. The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats June 13, 1865 – Jan. 28, 1939 Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second… Read more

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Discrimination is wrong. Some people need to be told discrimination is wrong. For whatever reason, they never learned that it’s wrong to discriminate against others because of skin color, or gender or size or age or sexuality or nationality or religion. It’s un-Christian, un-Biblical, un-American and unfair. Some people claim God made everyone equal, but then they treat others unequally. They demand preferential treatment or are blind to the benefits they receive because of their gender or race. They think they are… Read more

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