If justice determines that Zimmerman walk, then so be it. But who could fault parents demanding that they get to the bottom of why their son, who went to buy a can of iced tea, is now in a grave.
I tend to approach these cultural phenomena with a concern that my comfort level will be jolted. What I should be concerned about is what these phenomena say about our culture.
Religion In America,
Religion And Politics,
Political leaders will continue to milk audiences, manufacturing untruths that, while inaccurate, serve as the driving force toward political victories. Setting the desire for political victories aside, this dazzling Godly rhetoric is ultimately diverting.
Whatever the odds, there was a lot to be said about religion and religious art at TEFAF. In virtually ever section of the fair, there were at least dozens of examples of fascinating works with religious content and themes.
The call to boycott Israel -- even the lame effort to distinguish between boycotting Israel within the Green Line and boycotting Israel beyond the Green Line -- is troubling, in and of itself.
Crime And Education,
Roman Catholic Prison Ministry,
Supreme Court Juvenile Life Without Parole,
US Penal System,
Incarcerated Black Youths,
When a life sentence stands between a child and redemption, it's a cross of sorrow we all bear. When we adults allow the penalty to get the best of an imprisoned child, we all lose.
Blue Like Jazz,
"Blue Like Jazz" suggests that conservatives have nothing to fear from college. After a baptism of beer, lesbian-chic and sophomoric pranks, the evangelical hero discovers who he is.
Like all Jewish festivals, Passover has its roots in Jewish history, in our connection to creation and in the rich spiritual and moral values of Judaism. Additionally, it helps us distinguish between two very different types of freedom.
I wear my yarmulka because I am proud: I am Jewish and gay. I am equally proud of both identities and would not want see anyone discriminated against because of either.
Reams of paper emanate from the HHS about how to "accommodate" religious groups that are upset by their recent mandate. Yet for all the fallen trees, HHS ignores a neuralgic point: the government has overstepped its boundaries when it defines what constitutes religious ministry.
If you make it your spiritual practice, however, to "deny yourself," "to detach," to "die" to the false self, and so experience a kind of resurrection before you die, then the reality of Easter occurs all over again -- now.
These events are utterly despicable and challenge our trust in the innate good of humanity.
Dave Camp absolutely has the power to deal with the actions of his employee, Aharon Friedman. If he wanted to, he could fire him today.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh believes that putting an economic value on nature is not enough. Fundamental change can happen only if we fall back in love with our planet.
Imagine a different way of using advertising, one that would use the aesthetic talents of advertising but direct these to a really grand and noble project: that of nudging us to be the best of ourselves.
The main reason for Muslims to say insha'Allah is to recognise that an event in the future will happen only if God wills it.
Black colleges need Black churches. Through support of Black colleges, Black churches can make change at a much larger level. They can assist with the education of African Americans committed to social justice and positive change throughout the world.
This last year, I've learned something incredibly important: that my friend was wrong, profoundly, painfully, perfectly wrong: we can experience intimacy. Real, challenging, transformative intimacy.
Many traditions speak of the need to be "born again," and we forget that between the first birth and the second birth -- the birth in Spirit, the birth in love -- there is a "death." That death is what the Prophet is talking about, and what Rumi talks about.
God speaks to Moses again, telling him to command Aaron more about the priestly sacrificial offerings.
No matter what the activity, the social aspects of Jewish camp all play out in a constant Jewish milieu. The benefits of those summer experiences are reaped over the course of a lifetime for the Jewish individual, and in turn for the Jewish community as well.
When asked to describe a Buddhist woman who has "added to the depth and beauty of the faith," a virtual parade of amazing teachers marched through my mind.