"I’d like them to be ministers or business people. But this one is supposed to start school this year, and I don’t have the money to send him."
(Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo)
In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers.
And now we see some of our police officers in this same way. “The militarization of law enforcement is counter-productive to domestic policing and needs to stop,” tweeted Andrew Exum, a former Army infantry officer.
If there’s one thing I learned in Afghanistan, it’s this: You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest."
the-paris-lights-shine-bright said: Once you receive this you have to publicly post 5 nice things you like about yourself and send this to 10 of your favorite followers :)
Okay, so talking about yourself positively is difficult because it feels like bragging, but I love Fran, and also, it’s important to love yourself, so here goes:
1) I enjoy giving to others and my community
2) I’m an engaged citizen
3) I’m kind to animals
4) I’m a dedicated person
5) I’m a loyal friend
OKAY. That’s it! Thank you, Fran. You’re the best. :)
Map of Texas from the movie Bernie. If you haven’t seen it yet, and are a Texan, go watch it. It is hysterical. Also, it is a true story.
truly one of the best moments every in a movie
Christians have a long way to go in affirming the value of pluralism for all members of society. We might begin by recognizing its role for our gay and lesbian neighbors. When Uganda enacts a law that punishes homosexuality with death, U.S. Christians can speak out against such a law. Domestically, we need to think carefully about the kinds of legislation being pushed at the state level. Some proposed laws are undoubtedly important to protect religious institutions’ right to live in accordance with their own beliefs and traditions; others are deeply problematic. Christians in states without any antidiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians might consider supporting those laws containing exemptions for religious groups, rather than simply advocating for religious freedom on its own.
Unkind words have emerged from almost every corner of the public discourse. Christians should not be bullied or silenced by careless language. But neither should they engage in it. Advocacy for Christian witness must itself demonstrate Christian witness. In this way, our present circumstances provide new opportunities to embody tolerance, humility, and patience. And, of course, we have at our disposal not only these aspirations but also the virtues that shape our lives: faith, hope, and love."