Saturday, August 8
Shadow

Welcoming the other

We Didn’t

We Didn’t

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This "Skeptic's Collection" column was originally published on 9 June 2016.  I am re-publishing it here because tomorrow is Inauguration Day for Donald J. Trump, a day that I believe Americans will remember as equivalent to the day, 30 January 1933, President Paul von Hindenburg named Adolf Hitler Reichskanzler ("Reich Chancellor") of Germany, and with  consequences that will eventually prove as dire for the United States as the previous designation was for the Weimar Republic. This "Skeptic's" column will not change any minds. Probably almost no one will read it. But for those of you who do happen to read it, especially those of you latter-day Esaus who sold the birthright of this Nation as a constitutional republic for the miserable bowl of soup of some imagined economic benefit -- f...
Be a Protector, Not a Persecutor

Be a Protector, Not a Persecutor

injustice, inspiration, solidarity, Welcoming the other
If Anne Frank could believe this was true when she and her family were hiding from the Nazis, then why is it so hard for us to believe it? I get it. I do. I swing from unbridled optimism that no one could possibly be capable of all the things I fear in today's political climate to the deep, bone-chilling knowledge that the same hatred that fueled the Nazis' pursuit of people like the Franks still lives today. It's just hidden a bit better. I have to believe the story is not over. It won't be over until those who are "really good at heart" love the world enough to be the change for which we are praying. After all, people have the breath of God/Goddess/the gods in them. That's where the words inspiration and enthusiasm come from. We are called to be the kind of people who would ...