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Don’t Bless Me

Why do people say, “God bless you” when you sneeze? Yes, I know the story … this response to sneezing dates back to the days of the plague, when sneezing was a sign that you had caught it. People said, “God bless you” because in reality, you were going to need it. In other words, “God bless you because now you’re going to die.” But why today? I find it irritating, to be honest. I sneeze and someone inadvertently says, “God bless you,” and then, because I am a two-to-three-times-in-a-row sneezer, the person says, “God bless you” again, and then…

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Trump’s #FakeParade

This is my father in South Korea in 1968. He originally had received orders for Vietnam but two weeks before he was due to ship out, the North Koreans seized the SSUS Pueblo and his squadron was sent to Osan Air Force Base instead. He was gone for over a year. The risks of serving in South Korea were admittedly less than that of Vietnam and, to be honest, we were relieved although his absence cut a huge hole in our lives. Still, there were dangers and lives lost there even though the Korean War was long over, since there was…

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Florida School Shooting Brings Back Haunting Memories

The Valentine’s Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida evoked a memory of when my own daughter attended Hunter B. Andrews School in Hampton, Virginia years ago and a kid brought a gun to school. My recollection was triggered by the haunting news clip of an anguished mother whose daughter was one of the 17 killed when a former student found his way in and mowed down more than two dozen people with his AR-15. In the sound bite, now all over the Internet and on every news station, the mother screams out to Trump, “What…

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American Christians Need to Ask Themselves, “Who is Our Neighbor?”

Republicans have been good at fanning the flames of fear, linking the entire religion of Islam to terrorism while promoting the idea that there is a war on Christianity in America. And in the now repeated slogan that claims we need to return to our “Christian roots” lays the irony that we are ignoring perhaps one of Jesus’ most famous parables, the story of the Good Samaritan. In Jesus’ time, Samaritans and Judean Jews despised each other. In light of this, Jesus told the story of a man who was attacked by robbers, stripped and beaten, and left for dead…

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Half a Century Later, We Still Mourn

I was six and in first grade when President Kennedy was murdered. My brother was five. It occurs to me on this 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, that my brother’s class is probably the last who will remember where they were, what they felt, and how this tragedy forever changed our country. In fact, “Where were you?” is probably the iconic question of my generation, and one that for those who lived it can easily be answered. My school day started out like any other day that morning. And then came the announcement across the loudspeaker of Kennedy’s death and…

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Pope Benedict Papacy Marred by Failure to Lead

Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down and I for one am happy about the news. As a Roman Catholic, I have had my belief in the church rocked by a decade of scandalous revelations. When Pope John Paul II died, many of us looked to Benedict as an extension of his charismatic leadership, someone who would and could carry on John Paul’s compassion, understanding and leadership for a flock in need of a shepherd. Pope Benedict, it seems, had other goals in mind. In Benedict’s vision, the Church’s problems could be laid at the doorstep of 50 years of modernization. So rather than…

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Christmas Isn’t Going Anywhere

I get the same email every year at this time, just as Christmas is gearing up for its spending season. A Christian – usually a friend or family member – laments about what has become of Christmas and points out all the infractions now levied against this holiest of holidays. For example, it makes many Christians mad that school children are no longer allowed to sing Christmas carols in public school, or that the school vacation in December is now called Winter Break instead of Christmas Break. Never mind that every parent – regardless of religion – pays an equal…

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