7 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-29-15

  1. You may remember me mentioning that I tutored an inner-city Baltimore youth for about 7 years. For most of that time, we met in the library at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenues – the “epicenter” of this week’s riots. In the news coverage of the events, the library was directly behind the cameraman as he filmed the crowd and the burning CVS. We ended our tenure there the day there was a shooting in the lobby of the library.

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  2. Good piece:


    ” …. We must not be naïve. The legitimization of same-sex marriage will mean the de-legitimization of those who dare to disagree. The sexual revolution has been no great respecter of civil and religious liberties. Sadly, we may discover that there is nothing quite so intolerant as tolerance.

    “Does this mean the church should expect doom and gloom? That depends. For conservative Christians the ascendancy of same-sex marriage will likely mean marginalization, name calling, or worse. But that’s to be expected. Jesus promises no better than he himself received (John 15:18-25). The church is sometimes the most vibrant, the most articulate, and the most holy when the world presses down on her the hardest.

    But not always—sometimes when the world wants to press us into its mold we jump right in and get comfy. I care about the decisions of the Supreme Court and the laws our politicians put in place. But what’s much more important to me—because I believe it’s more crucial to the spread of the gospel, the growth of the church, and the honor of Christ—is what happens in our local congregations, our mission agencies, our denominations, our parachurch organizations, and in our educational institutions. I fear that Christians are losing the stomach for principled disagreement and the critical mind for careful reasoning. Look past the talking points. Read up on the issues. Don’t buy every slogan and don’t own every insult. The challenge before the church is to convince ourselves as much as anyone that believing the Bible does not make us bigots, just as reflecting the times does not make us relevant.”

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  3. The so-called “slap heard ’round the world” — I especially liked the way the above column ended:

    ” … In one of the climactic scenes of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ an oblivious Scout Finch steps into a group of white men who are planning to break Tom Robinson out of jail and lynch him, even if it means harming her father, Atticus, who is standing guard. ‘Hey Mr. Cunningham,’ she says, recognizing one of the men and speaking to him of his son Walter. As the moment hung in fatal balance, Mr. Cunningham finally stoops to answer her and then calls the men off. A mob, Atticus tells her later, is always made up of people, and Scout reminded those men of their basic humanity.

    “Now, Toya Graham and her son have done us the very same favor.”

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  4. Oh boy…


    “A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.

    The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.

    The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner’s version, which is just one piece of a much larger probe.

    Gray was found unconscious in the wagon when it arrived at a police station on April 12. The 25-year-old had suffered a spinal injury and died a week later, touching off waves of protests across Baltimore, capped by a riot Monday in which hundreds of angry residents torched buildings, looted stores and pelted police officers with rocks.”


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