The Link Between War, Terrorism, and Intimate Violence

Most leaders and the press view violence against women and children as just "a women's issue" or "a children's issue" - in their minds, a secondary issue. But it's not only that millions of women and children are victims of violence in their homes every year; the fact is that intimate violence provides a basic model for using force to impose one's will on others.

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Remembering Rev. William Sloane Coffin

I was saddened to learn that Rev. William Sloane Coffin died the other night. I know that he had been gravely ill for a number of years, and his death is not unexpected. But I'm still sad that I never had a chance to meet him. Many people my age and younger, who were not around (or were very young) during the civil rights era have never heard of him, and he stands in such stark contrast to some of the better-known religious voices today. So, since the media has not seen fit  (for the most part, from what I've seen) to pay tribute to this prophetic voice by giving the news of his passing front page attention, I felt this was worth another post.

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Black Men, Still Separate and Unequal ©

In a nation where equality is touted, image is everything.  So much of what we believe to be true is the façade we present.  We skew the numbers, present the "facts"; we forget that "facts" are the fiction we tell ourselves so that we may secure an altruistic sense of self.  We have never been a colorblind society though we tell ourselves we are.  America has never been a "melting pot" of races and ethnicities.  However, we claim this righteous position.  The United States slams other nations for ethnic cleansing; yet subtlety, we do the same.

Erik Eckholm of the New York Times reports the "Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn". In this article the journalist points to studies that look beyond the glowing employment rates the administration offers as proof of how life is good and improving for all, even Black men.

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A leap of faith

Crossposted at the very new Faithful Ohio blog.

About three years ago, troubled that the public face of Christianity often seemed to be  pro-war and anti-compassion, I started a web site called The Religious Left. Now that the voices of groups like Ohio Restoration Project and Reformation Ohio are growing louder and more strident, and seeking to use their numbers and influence to promote an agenda that is harmful to "the least of these", it is vital that other voices of faith speak out.

As you can see from the posts here, some have already begun to do so. Another group has started to meet, focusing not on fighting Rod Parsley and Russell Johnson, but by offering an alternative message.

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