Tag Archives: social justice

Of Prejudice and Civil Liberties

Tweet Okay, forgive me if I’m a bit slow, but I’m confused. (Not unusual in this crazy election year.) I was just reading about the FBI’s supposed “stings” in an effort to weed out potential homegrown terroritsts.  That was just … Continue reading

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The Great Migration

Tweet Most of us have never seen real, true war.  Almost none of us has seen one like the horror that is destroying Syria.  It is indeed most comfortable for us to close our eyes and leave the whole mess far away.  We sort of … Continue reading

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On Slavery, 2 Views

Tweet Michelle Obama: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters–two beautiful, intelligent, black young women–playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.” Bill O’Reilly:  “The slaves who built … Continue reading

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The Girl From Syria

Tweet Eight years ago I was on my way to Cairo, Egypt, to observe a program developed by a Christian Egyptian physician who recognized a dire need for boys to learn to respect girls and for girls to learn to respect themselves. It is a culture … Continue reading

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Writing the Future

Tweet Some years ago I wrote a script for the TV show The Equalizer about a group of skinhead neo-Nazis and a disenchanted Jewish teenager they used to “give Jews what they deserve.” The story editor liked the script, but suggested that … Continue reading

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South Sudan’s Unhappy Birthday

Tweet Gunfire has quieted in South Sudan, but the terror is far from over. Once again, the dead lie in the streets. Once again, terror grips the city as food and water runs short and looters strike. Once again, starving people … Continue reading

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Guns and Guns and Guns

Tweet Another shooting today.  Our country, awash in guns, has surely lost its mind. Consider this:  Between 2009 and 2013, gun makers in this country doubled their annual production of guns from 5.6 million to 11 million. And what about our … Continue reading

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A Birthday Gift for South Sudan

Tweet July 9 will be the country of South Sudan’s 5-year birthday. I remember that day so well. Just a year earlier, I had been at a huge refugee camp outside of Khartoum, and gaining their independence was on everyone’s … Continue reading

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What’s a Socially Active Student to Do?

Tweet What’s a socially active college student to do? It is a dilemma.  At least according to the more than 1,300 students at Oberlin College, Ohio, who signed a petition asking administrators to abolish midterms, and do away with all grades below C. … Continue reading

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The Parable of CC, Grandpa, and the Puppy

Tweet Once upon a  time on a hot, hot summer day, a tiny girl named CC found a tiny puppy with a wiggly tail.  But CC couldn’t play with the puppy because he was on one side of the fence and she … Continue reading

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