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“We Don’t Care if You Beat Your Girlfriend! We’re the Grammys!”
Chris Brown, the twenty-two year old rapper and singer, performed tonight at the 2012 Grammy Awards just three short years after beating his girlfriend so badly she had to go to the hospital. Sasha Pasulka of HelloGiggles.com, speaks of the disparity between amount of outcry over the Komen/Planned Parenthood situation compared to the Chris Brown performance: We were so mad when the Komen Foundation pulled its funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. “This is not fair,” we shouted. “This is not fair to women, and this is not fair to the women who don’t have a voice, and...
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Parker Palmer On The Power Of The Human Heart
Parker Palmer explores the power of the human heart to stand up to injustice. Those movements were fomented by folks who had every external form of power taken away from then.  They had no status, they had no standing, they had no leverage. What they did was to access the only source of power that no one can take away from us, and that’s the power of the human heart…the power of the soul, the power of identity and integrity. I think of about this sometimes as the Rosa Parks decision, or the Rosa Parks moment in life, where an...
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The Debt of Jesus: A Meditation on the Massacre of Innocents
Just yesterday, the little boy had taken his first, wobbly steps. Just yesterday, the mother had seen the little boy emerging from the disappearing rounded edges of baby fat, flashes of the man glowing in his tiny eyes.Just yesterday, the little boy had stumbled into his first word with delight. Just yesterday, the new mother had felt her exhaustion melt away with the first gummy grin from her baby boy. Today, he was dead. And she had been robbed of life. Murdered by a distant king for the sake of a supposed savior. But what kind of savior carries the...
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I Want In
Dear friend, You possess a rock-solid certainty of the truth and accuracy of your faith. This is a gift. Did you know that? Certainty is not a universal thing. I long for it. But, at least for now, I don’t have it. Sometimes I think you fail to understand that about those of us who are less certain. I often wonder if you think doubters want to doubt, that we like this uncertain world and make a conscious choice to stay there. Is this why you declare your answers to my questions as though pummeling them into me with a...
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The United States Is Being Extracted
Dylan Ratigan is speaking what I think is the heart of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. I would like him to go to the people of the United States of America and say, “Your congress is bought.  Your congress incapable of making legislation on healthcare, banking, trade, or taxes because if they do it, they will lose their political funding.” His passion isn’t one sided like Rush Limbaugh that demonizes the other side.  The problem is the system that has robbed people of their representation.  It’s been stolen from us.  I voted for Obama, but I really think Dylan is...
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Benetton’s Unhate Campaign
Benetton clothing has a new campaign out called the Unhate Campaign.  The images of the campaign show high profile enemies kissing each other.  In most cases the two enemies are men.  One includes President Obama and one includes the Pope.The images aren’t sexual in nature, but they are provoketive.  They stir something in us, not just from an artistic boundary breaking standpoint, but from the possibility of what the image actually means.  While the images are meant to shock us, its bold to suggest that enemies could actually reconcile. Our imagination runs wild when we consider that peace isn’t just...
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Occupy Love
One of the real concerns people have about the Occupy Movement is that it’s simply trying to overthrow the rich, even through violence.  I think that concern is largely ungrounded and based on a few isolated events.  For the most part, Occupy has been peaceful.  And it’s easy to focus on the violence and miss what is happening at the street level.  Finally someone is profiling the deeper, compassionate response of the movement. Occupy Love is a new documentary that focuses on the Occupy Movement but asks a deeper questions.  It looks like a fascinating documentary because they aren’t seeking...
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What Surprised The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” What do you think?...
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