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Leading Ladies: Kate Middleton, Sarah Palin and…Who?

They’re getting married!

Sarah Palin “I believe so.”
Suu Kyi Released
Join the Groove:  Which of these ladies SHOULD be leading in news coverage?  To me the answer is obvious, so what does it say about us when Suu Kyi’s release is overshadowed by these other two leading ladies?
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Scott Dewey

posted November 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

“What one living person would you like to meet?” That mixer question is always a no-brainer for me. Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the most remarkable human beings of our time. Glad to see her name here…

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posted December 29, 2010 at 12:48 am

Is it just me? Or does the construct of the question bare a little resemblance to the old chestnut: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” Nearly anyway one might choose to answer the “question,” they are nearly certain to be made to feel foolish … shallow … less enlightened … less “Christian?”
In the end, it’s really not a question at all, is it? (Witness that it was posted over a month ago and it has received one comment since.)
That’s not to say that Suu Kyi isn’t a strong, brave and admirable woman, worthy of media coverage – it’s just this feels like a cross between shaming and “thought police.” Let us not be the pharisee who stand before the altar and proclaims with false modesty: “Thank you God that I am not as shallow as those who take an interest in the English royalty!”
In a perfect world Americans wouldn’t waste their time watching a silly NFL game when they could be sending letters and signing petitions to convince the world to intervene on behalf of the East Africans who suffer under the tyranny of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Who cares if Obama called the Philadelphia Eagles to thank them for giving a dog-killer a second chance (today’s new) when the LRA kill civilians and abduct children (the boys become their soldiers and the girls become their concubines. Very little has been done to alter the situation since Obama signed the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act (can you name the date he signed it?). Does that mean I shouldn’t have searched the tv listings to see when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” would be on this year?
Can I not go watch one of my daughter’s softball games until the Muslims swear off the burka that dehumanizes and represses women?
Should I not read Rick Warren’s “Purpose-Driven Life” as long as Uganda is considering the idea of executing homosexuals?
I think you get the idea. Each of us has our own heartfelt causes as well as our own idle interests. Please don’t look down your nose at me if my mindset doesn’t mirror yours. I am certainly not advocating complacency, nor do I think it is wrong to spur each other on to greater awareness of the injustices, tragedies and tyrannies that crush the spirit of man around the world. It is simply a cheap (and ineffective) shot to belittle the lives or accomplishments of Kate Middleton or Sarah Palin in favor of a woman half way around the world.
I admit that it is only because I had attended a U2 concert last year that I had any awareness of Suu Kyi, but here’s the secret: while I was moved with some sort of vague sympathy for this brave woman, I didn’t leave the concert with a greater understanding of who she was.
Perhaps instead of this silly “mixer” it would be better to engage us while educating us on who the pressing issues around the world. Admittedly it is a lot more difficult to do than tossing out a “how cool am I” mixer, but surely it would be more beneficial.

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robert gelinas (jazztheologian)

posted December 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for stopping by this feable blog. Sometimes after a long day of leading a church, loving and meeting the needs of my six children and trying to empty Colorado’s foster care system…I just don’t have it when it comes to blogging!
I’ll try harder.

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