Welcoming the stranger

Separate items, common thread: 1. “Evangelical conference preaches support of immigrants” Evangelicals are gathering at Cedarville University to talk about the importance of showing compassion to immigrants, whether they are documented or not. The evangelical Christian college in Greene County, east of Dayton, is hosting the G92 Immigration Conference, headlined by a list of high-profile [Read More...]

The Big Yanoski


“Backlash from man’s remarks making namesake miserable,” reports the Standard Speaker of Hazleton, Pa. A former Hazleton man says his life has become a nightmare after racially insensitive remarks made by another man with the same name went viral on the Internet this week. Richard Peter Yanoski Jr., 39, said he had to take down [Read More...]

Coming attractions

Here are a couple of documentaries to add to my Want To See list. “Gospel Without Borders“ EthicsDaily.com announces the availability of its newest documentary – “Gospel Without Borders” – on the heels of draconian anti-immigration laws passed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina, heated disagreement over the federal direction of comprehensive reform, and [Read More...]

Turning the tables

Friend of mine sells houses. Her job involves a lot of conversation with customers, and doing her job well means conversing with them in a way that reassures them and makes them feel comfortable. Occasionally, those conversations take a turn that makes her uncomfortable, suddenly switching into a category we might describe as white people [Read More...]

'That which is inhuman cannot be divine'

Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852: Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too — great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at [Read More...]

Amnesty at the DMV

Earlier this month (pre-layoff) I replaced the 65,000-mile tires on the Yaris, enabling me to pass inspection and get a shiny new sticker on my windshield. That sticker reads “4/12,” and not “6/12″ because my inspection was actually due by the end of April, not the beginning of June. In other words, I drove around [Read More...]

Constantine is dead

If there were an award for seeking out the bare-minimum lowest common denominator of Christian morality, I would nominate the new ecumenical document, “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct.” Christian missionaries should renounce all “deception and coercive means” of winning converts, according to an agreement released Tuesday by a broad coalition of [Read More...]

'I decided I was going to be the mayor for everybody'

This, from CNN, is a beautiful story about an impressive man, Paul Bridges, mayor of tiny Uvalda, Georgia: “Republican mayor in the South becomes unlikely advocate for immigrants.” Bridges is an unlikely soldier on the front lines of the nation’s immigration debate. The 58-year-old native Southerner describes himself as a conservative Republican. For years, he [Read More...]