In looking at the final tally of votes for Palestine at the UN (138 for, 9 against, and 41 abstaining), I realize that on this issue, the United States (and Canada) are on the wrong side of a worldwide revolution of values, as Dr. King taught us.
The Saudis make a great deal of their honorific as the “Caretaker of the two Noble Sanctuaries” in Mecca and Medina. One has to wonder about a kind of Care that says no to the legacy of Muhammad, bulldozes it, and invites Paris Hilton in its place.
The real question is not just what Imam Hossein did in the month
of Muharram of the year 680 on the plains of Karbala in Iraq, but rather
what are we doing today.
We are told, hundreds of time every day, to buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have.
Resist.... Boycott Black Friday.
We have a fragile truce now.
Truce is not the same thing as peace.
Peace (salam, shalom) has to be grounded in justice.
Let us march purposefully, compassionately, boldy, towards a just peace.
Here are four facts that are being deliberately and willfully neglected in the current coverage of this Israeli assault.
A new publication brings out the full context of the chief Republican strategy for using racism and "states' rights" as a veiled way of driving Southern Whites to the Republican Party.
The great love for the President is intertwined with a great disappointment so far in the policies of President Obama. Now is the time to act.
And as for us, the citizens of this nation, I hope that we can shatter the messianic dream of a one-man Hope and Change operation. There are no messiahs. No one person, not even one as brilliant, eloquent, and cosmopolitan as the President, will redeem the American Dream. That responsibility is up to all, each and every single one of us, all of us.
The immediate response to crisis, any crisis, has to be immediate, un-mediated compassion. Yet we are getting to the point where we have to ask some difficult moral questions from our own selves in light of Sandy.
The surface of the pool reflects the building when it is still. And so it is with our hearts. When we achieve peace and tranquility in our own hearts, then our hearts become mirrors for God.
As I kept watching my own emotions come and go, I wondered:
what am I experiencing as I see the first live images of this killer?
What goes through my own heart?
Is it Anger?
Is it Pity?
Is it Compassion?
There are difficult questions to be asked about this senseless act of violence, and we will ask those questions later. For now, let us mourn, let us pray, let our hearts be shattered for now.
Chief Republican strategist: Michele Bachmann "this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level."
Senator McCain, in refuting Bachmann's witch hunt: “This is about who we are as a nation and who we still aspire to be."
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