Issues with Colin Kaepernick

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I have been silent about the Colin Kaepernick “issue” since it first surfaced. I have been slightly amused, but more perturbed, at the rants and raves that have taken on a life of their own. Don’t we have more serious issues to attend to? We get our panties in a bunch a little too easily.

I know. I probably stand apart from many of my friends and people I know. I am white, lean conservative, consider myself a Christian… but more importantly, above all other things, I count myself a follower of Christ, an imperfect one to be sure. But, that’s my ideal.

I don’t identify with Colin Kaepernick, and neither do my friends, and that is part of the problem. Continue reading

Raheel Raza on Islam by the Numbers

Raheel Raza by Gage Skidmore

Raheel Raza by Gage Skidmore

The video at the end of this piece addresses the claims that we hear from our President and other leaders in the US that Islam does not have anything to do with terrorism in the word. According to Barack Obama, 99.9% of the Muslims in the world do not support radical Islam. But is he right? Raheel Raza, a Sunni Muslim herself, gives us the facts and figures.

Raheel Raza says she does not need Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or any celebrity, like Ben Affleck, to defend her and her religion. She says she needs to be defended from the radicals in her own religion. She needs to be defended from radical Islamists who behead people, throwh battery acid on people and murder people in the name of her God. She says these radicals seek to take over the world in the name of her religion.

A Muslim herself, Raheel Raza has dedicated her life to speaking out against the rising threat of radical Islam, which threatens to swallow up the Islam she knows. She urges that we can not treat an illness without identifying what the problem is. We cannot address the cancer of radical Islam without accurately identifying what it is.

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The Difference Maker In the Charleston Shooting

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Vigil Held For Victims Of Charleston Church Shooting

The recent shooting in Charleston is a continuation of the seeming explosion of racial tension in this country, but there is a crucial difference. It is hard to imagine that we could endure another tragedy with racial overtones following the Trayvon Martin case, police shootings, rioting and other examples that racial wounds have not yet healed, but the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church shows us there is hope. Continue reading

I Had a Dream…

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More than 86 years have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth. Almost 50 years have passed since his death. Not insignificantly, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day at the anniversary of his birth, not the anniversary of his death. Though I cannot help but remember the tragic day of his death that left its imprint on my young, impressionable mind, I pray that the legacy of his life will draw us back to his message. May the light of his life outshine the darkness left in the void of his death.

I had a dream….” are the words that echo through the halls of history into our present consciousness. We hear those words repeated with the same sense of passion with which they were first spoken, but they seem dulled by the resistance of time. The present passion with which those words were spoken sits now like a dusty tome on the shelf of our collective memory.

Yet, those words were poignant…they are poignant still today. Continue reading

We May Just Be Colorblind

lightstock_75446_xsmall_user_7997290I intended to spend some time researching and writing about Thanksgiving. I was going to do that last year, but got distracted. Yesterday I planned to take the morning today to research and write about Thanksgiving  but it will have to wait because I am distracted again.

Like watching a train wreck is “Ferguson”. It has risen (or has been reduced) to the level of one name status, like Chernobyl or Iwo Jima or Prince. Ferguson has character and personality of its own, and it is ugly.

Life can be ugly. Life can be beautiful too.  We can find ugliness and beauty in many places. Sometimes all we see is the ugliness. Sometimes beauty can be seen in the midst of the ugliness, like a line of Ferguson protestors standing guard in front of a business to protect it.

Ferguson is more than an incident that some simply find unfortunate. It is more than an incident that demonstrates over militaristic modern police tactics, the foolishness of brazen, gangsta youth or vestiges of raw racism. Ferguson has reopened the deep wound of centuries of slavery, oppression and injustice. We dare not brush it off.

Consider the now iconic missive: “Can’t we all just get along?” (To be perfectly sardonic)

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He Was a Good Judge

Ketih Brown on the Bench - Gloria Casas (Sun-Times Media)Kane’s First African American Judge Leaves Legacy, so the headline reads. Indeed, he has, and a very good one; but the headline strikes a discord in me. Let me explain.

I am going to go out on a limb and say that we focus too much on race sometimes. Is that the most defining characteristic, the primary lasting legacy, that Judge Keith Brown leaves us? No, I think not. He is/was a good judge, one of the best we have had. He leaves a legacy of strong character, integrity and a very good judge.

Yes, he was the first African American judge in Kane County Illinois, a County with a storied history and home to the oldest, continuous bar association in the State that goes back to the circuit riding days of Abraham Lincoln, back to a very different time in which African Americans were enslaved and oppressed. That is a legacy too, but one which is more like a cloud, and hopefully we emerging out from under that cloud into the sunlight.

I hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, “I had a dream,” echo in my head as I write this. We have risen “from the dark and desolate valley of segregation” and are on the “sunlit path to racial justice. “The “bright days of justice” have emerged, but there is the ever present temptation “to satisfy our thirst for justice by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

Keith Brown did not drink from that cup. He “walked on the high plain of dignity and discipline” as Doctor King eloquently instructed. Continue reading