Category Archives: A round of equality for everyone

Dear Christian,

screenshot-2017-01-29-13-12-06You don’t know me, and I won’t pretend to know you, but we are at a critical juncture in our country and in our respective faiths and it’s important that we act and act quickly.

On Friday, the Republican president signed an ethically, legally, and morally questionable executive order that restricted immigration from seven nations — none of which have given birth to terrorists who have killed Americans, and you can read that in no less a source than The Daily Caller, which may be the only time I ever link to that woe-begotten publication.

The worldwide reaction has been predictably to the negative, and we, as believers, can do no less than to work our hardest against this man. If you voted for this man, you can no longer shrug that you voted for a racist. If you continue to support him, you are a racist, yourself, and racism has precisely no place in your Book. No amount of tweaking will change this — particularly when Pres. Bannon just last night fired the acting attorney general who refused to enforce his benighted ban.

WWJD? Stand up. Fight back. Swords up.

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Come talk to your Muslim neighbors

z063xu8dgfc92ofg0bsy_400x400The CT Council for Interreligious Understanding(CCIU), Muslim Coalition of CT (MCCT),  and Hartford Seminary will host another in the series, “Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors.”

Date: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31 
Place: Congregation Beth Israel
Address: 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford

Love thy neighbor

comfort-stress-relievingThe Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding and the office for ecumenical and interreligious affairs of the Archdiocese of Hartford are hosting a “Love Thy Neighbor and Act For All Americans at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

They keynote address will be given by Rev. Dr. Alvan N. Johnson Jr.

From the press release:

Join your neighbors of many faiths and cultures as we stand together to affirm the dignity of each and all of us. Bring a friend or family member, a neighbor or colleague !

Who runs the district? Girls.

screen-shot-2017-01-23-at-2-59-20-pmCheck out this TalkPoverty radio piece, and listen to a really interesting take on the uprising.

Give all adoptees all-access

screenshot-2017-01-22-18-54-18Connecticut has a semi-open policy on giving adult adoptees access to their birth certificates — any one adopted after October 1983 has access, and anyone adopted beforehand does not.

The date was arbitrary, and it needs to be abolished. I wrote this for Mother Courant.

Just a taste of the Boston Women’s March

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And thanks, Jac!

Tomorrow, I do solemnly swear…

black-female-hand-bibleTomorrow, Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office as our 45th president. He will swear (or affirm) that he:

“will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

I, on the other hand, am skipping the inauguration (though I’ll listen on radio), and I will take my own oath.

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully make sure that my new president executes the duties of his office ethically, legally, and with malice toward none. I will also do my best to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I will execute my job as a journalist without fear or favor, and I will do my best to teach my students to think critically, to fear nothing, and to enter the profession that has served me so well with the ability to think critically, recognize facts, and draw their pen/swords, when necessary — also without fear or favor.

So help me God.