Monthly Archives: April 2016

Modern Power = Weakness

It is one of the oddities of our day that the greater the power of any particular group or project, the greater the vulnerability and weakness. Early in the 20th century this was made clear by the experience of the … Continue reading

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Trump Should Read Bonhoeffer

At an ecumenical conference on the island of Fanø, Denmark in the summer of 1934, Dietrich Bonhoeffer challenged the participants with these strong words: “How does peace come about? Through a system of political treaties? Through the investment of international … Continue reading

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Snapchat speed filter

Surely I must have misunderstood something here. Is there really such a thing as “Snapchat speed filter” which records the speed you are moving when you take a picture? What possible good use could that have? And how many are … Continue reading

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Trump Exploits America’s Dark Side

As one political commentator put the matter, his actions “have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear; … Continue reading

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Prince Who?

I’ve done enough traveling around the globe to be quite accustomed to being in cultural contexts that have no meaning for me. I’m happy just to enjoy being with people for whom the customs are part of their sense of … Continue reading

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Continuing the Civil War

A century and a half after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, it is clear that the damage done to our Black population is being repaired very slowly. African Americans are often criticized by Bill O’Reilly and others like him for … Continue reading

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Kicked off plane for speaking Arabic

What a nation of cowards we are becoming! With xenophobia rising rapidly — thinks in large part to Trump’s using it as a campaign ploy — we are becoming so fearful that we are intimidated simply by hearing Arabic. Land … Continue reading

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