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Religion: Washington, Hitler and Toleration

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Into the Trumposphere Just like Haley’s comet, every few decades bigotry reappears here resulting in some group suffering oppression, often violent and obscene. Jews are a perennial favorite but over time Catholics, Mormons, Italians, Irish and others have had their “turn in the barrel.” The bigotry and hate very often comes under the guise of […]

Dear Ivanka, We Wish You Luck With That

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Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, has taken to twitter decrying the rise in anti-semitic acts across the country. “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC” Mrs. Trump is married to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew and has converted to Judaism […]

Step Right Up: Your Jew Free Holocaust

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“An Incredibly Inclusive Group” Today’s news may be dominated by Trump’s bungled attempt to institute a religiously based ban on Muslims entering the US, but as New York Magazine (NYM) points out, the White House offered up a  “Jew-less Holocaust Remembrance” on Friday, a nice bit of airbrushing. Perhaps the team over at the White […]

Christmas Crisis

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Lives Wrecked The Guardian reports that the prestigious medical journal Lancet Psychiatry has published an article detailing the potential harm associated with gaming the wee ones over Old Saint Nick. It’s about the moral compass, you see. They say, “lying to children, even about something fun and frivolous, could undermine their trust in their parents and […]

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, […]

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