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9/11: Welcome to Our Tribe

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Fifteen Years On Except for those most personally affected, September 11, 2001, now resides, like the murder of JFK, as a “where I was” memory or as a fact of history known only through learning rather than direct experience. A generation of young people stands on the verge of adulthood who were yet to be […]

Books: Lincoln’s Citadel

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The President, the City and the War The museum shop at the National Archives has to be just about the best in a city with some pretty cool ones. They seem to have something for everyone. There with a group of eighth-graders recently, I made an impulsive purchase of a book because it was about […]

In Harm’s Way, At Home

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The Killer Archetype in Transition? “While we expect our sailors and Marines to go into harm’s way, and they do so without hesitation, an attack at home, in our community, is insidious and unfathomable.”  Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy Yesterday in Chattanooga, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked two military installations killing four US Marines and wounding […]

Celebrating the America Ideal

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Tolerance and the Rule of Law Two hundred years ago this year, in 1815, America was embroiled in a war with England during which our capitol city was destroyed.  The war was fiercely unpopular with many Americans even though we were under direct attack. And, in 1915, one hundred years ago, we were once again […]

On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics

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“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”                                     Justice Anthony Kennedy  Twenty-five years from now folks will look back on this week’s Supreme Court Decision declaring marriage for gays a fundamental right and say, “How could they […]

Formula for Mayhem: Booth, Oswald & Dylann Roof

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The Inner Struggle The news that Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old, was the murderer of nine black church-goers in Charleston, SC, has caused both grief and consternation as Americans express deep concern over his “radicalization” and racist views. Dylann Roof has historic company where acts of infamy and horror are concerned. He was a young American, […]

Islam, Conservatives and Science

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When Blue Jeans Are to Blame Fox News reported yesterday that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a conservative Pakistani politician and cleric, proclaimed that blue jean-clad-women were responsible for “earthquakes, inflation and natural disasters.” Does Rehman present another easy opportunity to heap scorn on Islam? The real object of scorn is so called “conservatism” wherever it is found, […]

Interview with the Devil

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2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation by allied troops of Nazi extermination camps at Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz and other locations. Many of the architects and perpetrators of the mass killing were eventually rounded up and imprisoned for trial and punishment. In 1946, American psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn (G) interviewed dozens of these prisoners at […]

To OM or Not to OM

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Drums in the Distance I live a stone’s throw from the “Hinkley Hilton” in Washington, DC, where the Jodie Foster obsessed assassin nearly murdered Ronald Reagan in 1981. This morning I awoke to the sound of beating drums and chanting; nearly as loud as when the Lubavitcher Jews are celebrating in the street on the […]

“Fairy” Tale Atlanta: Kelvin and the Beasts

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According to media, Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, a former US Fire Administrator, has been terminated for lack of judgment in publishing and disseminating a book which compares homosexuality to bestiality and pederasty and for giving it to employees, some of whom complained. Cochran and others, including the Georgia Baptist Convention, charge that his religious […]

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