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The Hate Crimes Bill passed the house yesterday 249-175 and so we have taken another step towards decency in our country and respect for all of our citizens.  This has been seen as a threat by conservative religious and legal […]

This is what it took to forget about swine flu – Arlen Specter joining the Democrats. I have a complete transcript of his official statement over at City of Brass. All the speculation about the political consequences and shakeup is […]

One of my favorite movies is the old film, Anne of a Thousand Days.  After her turbulent affair and brief marriage to Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn awaits execution in the Tower of London and reflects on the fleeting 1,000 days […]

Dear God, Please take away the swine flu. Amen According to Martin Luther King, Jr. there is a power in us more powerful than the power of bullets. King knew that that power was the power of the Spirit. Call […]

I remember reading something by that famously spiritual sage Dan Savage about abortion.  He was reporting an argument he had with another guy about abortion, with Savage taking the position that if a woman hadn’t gotten around to having an […]

President Obama has been in office 100 days and apparently that means that we get to evaluate him.  I don’t know when this time frame was established but 100 days doesn’t even equal a semester so it seems pretty early […]

When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then […]

When representatives of many Arab and Muslim nations publicly applaud Ahmadinejad’s racist rant, the real losers are the Palestinians. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the Durban II conference on racism turned into a racist rant against Israel and the […]

This morning, Miss California USA told an MSNBC anchor that she prays for celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Not unsolicited charity, her prayers are a response to an unexpected controversy from Sunday’s night Miss USA competition.  Miss California was one of […]

Ten years ago today, I was in San Francisco leading a retreat for Episcopal clergy from the western United States.  During the afternoon break, someone handed me a slip of paper saying that there had been a shooting at a […]

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