Last weekend, like so many other people in so many cities and towns across the country, I attended a vigil to remember the murdered victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and to add my voice to the other voices raised against hate and bigotry. The program was filled with more than twenty speakers: leaders from different faiths from all over our region stood to offer support and share their thoughts on the tragic event: leaders of the Muslim faith, Jewish faith, and Catholics, and Christians of many different denominations. They shared stories. They read from scripture. They asked us to pray for the victims and their families. And they asked us to pray for healing and for peace.
And as I sat and listened to them speak, I honestly found no solace in their words. I heard no hope. Reverend Steve from the Episcopal Church told us that he (of course) prays every day. In the last few years, he said, he has added “Please let there be no mass shooting today” to his daily litany of prayer. “Most days, God answers my prayers” he said. “But not every day.”
Continue reading “Churches Send Mixed Message About Love and Peace”
Did you know that it wasn’t illegal to rape your wife in the United States until 1979? In fact, it didn’t become illegal in all 50 states until 1993.
What does that tell you about the value of women in this country?
It has nothing to do with protecting your rights. The NRA is simply using the US Constitution to protect corporate profits.
Senator Marco Rubio just gave America and the grieving students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a civics lesson. But I’m afraid that many in the classroom weren’t paying attention. Continue reading “Listen to Marco Rubio: It’s Not About the Money”
You mean to tell me that a legislature made up of 435 Congresspeople and 100 Senators most of whom ARE LAWYERS can’t write a better law??
Watch Senator Marco Rubio’s comments about a ban on assault weapons here.
If you’re not registered to vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you didn’t vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve never contacted your legislator, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve ever voted for a candidate because of an ad you saw on TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Senators are, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Member of Congress is, you’re part of the problem.
If you know what’s going on in the Big Brother House but not the US House, you’re part of the problem.
If you get the majority of your news from TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you think someone else is going to solve the problem, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t think you can be part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
Whatever the problem is, be part of the solution.
Another day in America.
Today 18 people were killed by a gunman at a school in Florida. By tomorrow we’ll be talking about something else.
Do you even remember that 16 people were shot and two people were killed by a gunman at a school in Kentucky only three weeks ago?
Day after day. Week after week. Year after year.
This is our new normal.