The NRA and its supporters have shed the cloak of respectability that has enshrouded their real motives. We can now see that we have not been arguing merely over which people should have access to which guns. We have been fighting for the very soul of America.
In consciously working to make my school a more accepting and inclusive place, I finally understood the power that even the smallest acts of compassion have to change an entire school and community.
There is room for debate about which weapons lend themselves to fostering self defense of life, liberty and property. But to be truly mindful of the Second Commandment -- and the Second Amendment -- we must stop idolizing and glorifying any weapons as cultural ornaments and markers of identity.
As everyone has, I have struggled to find some appropriate words, a meaningful response, to the Sandy Hook tragedy. I stayed silent, however, because ...
Newtown and Jesus' Bethlehem are bound together by a common horror: slaughter of the innocents. The world into which the Christian Messiah enters is shattered by terror.
Will the God who let this happen now provide us with the strength to accept it so that we can go on worshiping Him? Will we be punished further if we forsake our faith and conclude that we are blameless victims of a random fate?
This year, Americans seem to have applied their spiritual, social and political values in positive ways that can give us hope for the future. This was done, for the most part, without preachers, rabbis, priests or imams directing us or admonishing us.
The mass shooting of 20 first graders at Sandy Hook has many wondering whether violence has so stained the fabric of American culture that, in order t...
Out of, it seems, nowhere, we are having right now a new national discussion about guns, mental health, and violence because through a terrible act Adam Lanza brought his denial of reality back into our reality with a vengeance.
Psychological research partially helps explain our cowardly inaction but not our courage to act. Don't blame the city, the culture, or the crowd. Heroism springs from individual character. The mythic American character is always triggered when a hero inspires the crowd.
You have just revealed more about yourself than you realize. I see no difference between your view of God and that of the extreme fundamentalists who actually believe their god uses them to torture and kill others.
I was suddenly transported from a stadium of screaming frenzied fans of around 68,000 people to a high school auditorium in Newtown, Conn. A small town where only days before 26 people, 20 of them between 6- and 7-years-old, had been murdered.
The United States leads the developed world in gun-related fatalities: Americans are 20 times more likely to die from a gun than a citizen of another developed country.
Land employs both the Golden Rule and Jesus' Greatest Commandment to justify shooting someone to death if necessary, so long as there is a perceived threat against someone you consider your neighbor. But then, why is there nowhere in the Bible that Jesus endorses violence?
On one point we can all agree: No civilized person supports or approves of the negligent misuse, the intentional criminal use nor the deranged psychopathic use and access to guns, knives, explosives or any other potentially lethal product.
I have officiated at many funerals, supporting families in their grief; I have experienced loss, I have been to untimely funerals and lived through national and international tragedies. Yet, it took this unspeakable massacre to really teach me.