Shaima Alawadi: The death of an American mother

“Iraqi woman dies after San Diego attack“ An Iraqi woman who was found severely beaten at her San Diego home next to a note saying “go back to your country” has died. Shaima Alawadi, 32, a mother of five, was found unconscious by her 17-year-old daughter on Wednesday, police said. The daughter, Fatima al-Himidi, told [Read More…]

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Exit/Mothers of the Disappeared

“I hope that Mr. Cheney’s new heart lasts long enough for him to be prosecuted for war crimes.” “It proves that we are nation-builders and liberators, not conquerors.” “Woman is more guilty than man, because she was seduced by Satan, and so diverted her husband from obedience to God that she was an instrument of [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. [Read more…]

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One Tree Hill

“Now I’ve written the whole thing: for Christ’s sake give me a drink.” “I can use the word ‘vagina’ when the context involves rape, but I cannot use the word ‘vagina’ when the context involves a certain degree of ownership and power over my own body.” “I dream of the church being a place that [Read More…]

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‘The Wire’: Season 6

“It’s a thin line ‘tween heaven and here.” — Bubbles The Wire, David Simon’s gritty, haunting, novelistic series about Baltimore, ran for five seasons on HBO. The first season set the stage by showing us the pain and violence of the city’s drug industry and how the police department, as an institution, was incapable of [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Teju Cole: “The White Savior Industrial Complex“ I disagree with the approach taken by Invisible Children in particular, and by the White Savior Industrial Complex in general, because there is much more to doing good work than “making a difference.” There is the principle of first do no harm. There is the idea that those [Read More…]

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Toward justice for Trayvon Martin — and for all children

President Barack Obama was asked about the slaying of Trayvon Martin today during an unrelated press conference. Obama chose his words carefully due to the ongoing Justice Department investigation, but he concluded by saying this: My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And [Read More…]

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Defend the change, don’t deny that it happened

Things change. I change. You change. Seasons change. Fortune changes. And theology changes. Some changes are for the better. Some changes are for the worse. Many changes don’t fit neatly into classifications of “better” or “worse.” But for better or worse or neither, change is a constant. In two recent posts here on the subject [Read More…]

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