Welcome to the Tuesday Coffee Hour here on Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can hang out and talk about what’s going on in our worlds. Today I thought we’d start with a discussion of Cao Dai, a Vietnamese religion.
Originally posted at Talk to Action.
In the last several posts we have examined an element of the Catholic Right comprised of neo-Confederate apologists who openly advocate both the state nullification of federal court decisions and statutes as well as secession. The name that most commonly comes up when conservative Catholics discuss these things is Thomas E. Woods, Jr., who may be the leading modern confederate, intending to win what Jefferson Davis lost. But a major difference today is that certain Catholic Right players would use the neo-confederate disruption of popular government to impose theocracy-even at the expense of national unity.
We are now counting down the days to the Most EPIC Meet Up of all - Glacier National Park babyyyyy!
June 27- June 30th
Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana
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What if I told you that the descendents of dinosaurs are still among us, and that they had super vision? Well it is true according to modern science. Birds have vision based on four colors rather the three humans have.
Beyond fold, I’m serving up your favorite drinks, lots of cookies and a few comments about birds. This is an Open Thread / Coffee Hour and everyone is welcome to talk about anything they want to.
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Two days ago, my wife and I were at a grocery store near our home, and we saw the deputy who interrogated our son. At this time, we are not sharing how we were able to know that it was him, but it was him, the guy who laughed at our son during his interrogation.
Standing a few feet from him, I got his attention, and he confirmed his name. Then I told him, calmly, what I wanted to say.
"My son is ----- Snodgrass."
He immediately knew who I was talking about, and his face fell dramatically, with a look that appeared to intersect at resignation and embarrassment. And he looked down at the floor for a moment, then lifted his eyes again to look at me.
"We are very upset about what happened to our son. I want to introduce myself to you. My name is Doug Snodgrass."
And I left.
Father's Day is today... and for me it is one of those bittersweet kind of days. My dad is still alive, and I've called him to say "Happy Father's Day!" I love him... but our relationship is... well, complicated. He was a good dad for parts of my childhood, and then... he wasn't. My younger brother knows a different man-- the man he and I both call dad was not a good parent for him. Dad had a selfish spell... and boy, did it have consequences. A divorce from my mother, some pretty major health consequences (drug-induced heart attack), and finally hepatitis and a stroke. It was needless to say, a really rough patch. He straightened himself out, finally, and after the stroke I went to take care of him (oldest daughter in rural Appalachia-- what else was I supposed to do?) I do love him, but it is hard to hear him talk through his realization of how much he missed out on with my brother...
But, man is he tough--he is still alive and kickin', as they say. With the opportunity to begin to make amends...
Father's Day means different things to different people-- based on family relationships and different traditions, and you name it.
Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos. We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
Well, well, as we read this morning, the Plan B emergency contraceptive is inching its tortured way towards being offered on drugstore shelves with no age restrictions. Soon this will come to pass although I'm sure the self-appointed moral police of America are trying desperately to get some court somewhere to issue a stay while they fulminate and try to scare everybody as they plan their counterattack.
Why this furious response? Although you'd never hear it from the fundamentalists, teen pregnancies have been declining for two decades. You'd think that people so concerned with young people getting pregnant and with the abortion rate would cheer over a proven and safe tool to help further reduce those rates wouldn't you?
In a rational culture, of course. In ours, not so fast. Let's think about what's really going on here.
Street Prophets is the forum that mobilizes progressive people of faith to name, discuss and take action on critical political and religious issues. So come on in and make yourself at home. We believe that most, if not all topics touching on faith and politics are appropriate on Street Prophets. While this forum represents people of widely differing (and often directly conflicting) theologies, our goal here is to focus on forwarding the progressive political discussion that our shared values make possible. The Street Prophets blog was originally founded by Daniel Schultz, a ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and Markos Moulitsas, as an offspring of Daily Kos. Street Prophets seeks to change the "moral values" conversation by fostering community; promoting informed opinion and moving its members to action. We are believers in "justice, freedom, compassion and love," in the words of Rita Nakashima Brock. We are progressive, Democratic-leaning and vitally concerned with those whom Jesus called "the least of these." We are the faithful for whom the religious right emphatically does not speak. Its vibrant community of netroots faithful includes a broad range of faiths, including devout Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Atheists, Animists, and Neo-pagans. All who seek to promote a new conversation about the role of religion in America's public life are welcome here.I discovered Daily Kos during the Kerry-Dean-Edwards Democratic primaries early in 2004, and Daily Kos has been part of my life ever since. One thing that attracted me to this website was that, while the diarists were primarily focused on getting Howard Dean, and then John Kerry elected President, diaries covered a wide range of subjects, one of which, promoted by Rev. Dan Schultz and others, focused on the need to revive and grow progressive causes within our nation's religious communities. Reverend Schultz and others, such as Ramara and myself, recognized that faith inspired so many of the 20th Century's leading activists - Dr. Martin Luther King, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dorothy Day, to name a few.
About a year after that depressing election, Markos announced that he was creating a new website, Street Prophets, which is described above. I eagerly sought out Street Prophets and joined that as well. I found a small but friendly group of "Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Atheists, Animists and Neo-Pagans" who "sought to promote a new conversation about the role of religion in America's public life." I eagerly shared my knowledge of Judaism and Talmud, describing how the Torah and the wisdom of the rabbis could guide us as we strive to build a better America and a better world. The audience at Street Prophets, compared to Daily Kos, was small but receptive, open, and friendly. I wrote a 6 part diary on the historical development of the Talmud and a 3 part diary on the Jewish calendar - the folks at Street Prophets, most of whom were not Jewish, appreciated learning about such matters. Later, Ramara began her weekly D'var Torah series, a project to which I regularly contributed. During this time, I separated politics from religion - religion at Street Prophets, politics at Daily Kos.
A five-year old little girl named Jayden, after finding out about the concept of the Westboro Baptist Church, decided she wanted to offset their hate by raising money for peace. The daughter of Jon Sink (founder of FRESHCASSETE) set up her lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro compound, at the LGBT Equality House, which was purchased by the founder of Planting Peace, and intentionally painted with the Pride rainbow colors. Jayden raised $400 on June 14, and she has raised over $1000 with an online campaign.Westboro reportedly tried intervene by calling the police and failed. Thankfully, these days, we're seeing more and more individuals, small groups and large organizations standing up to Westboro. This past year a whole California community came out to physically block a planned Westboro protest against a pro-LGBT high school. The community formed a human chain, until the Westboro gang finally gave up and left. Anonymous has been known to mess with Westboro, and in May, internet h'activist upset the Westboro hate website, 'GodHatesOklahoma.com,' to damn Oklahoma tornado victims. Viewers who went to the site were redirected to a Red Crossdonation center, which helped raise thousands for tornado victims. And now we have a precious little girl objecting to Westboro's hate, and sending a message of peace with a simply summer lemonade stand.Her 'Pink Lemonade For Peace' sign, suggested a $1 donation for a cool drink of lemonade, and was embraced by many supporters driving by. One person contributed $230.This is what the loving innocence of a child and the good in humanity can do to counter the hate - smother it with love. Having this experience at only five years of age, one can only wonder what kind of beauty Jayden is going bring into this world during her life.
Update: June 17, 5:42 pm EDT - Here is the online campaign link for donating to Jayden's Pink Lemonade Stand For Peace. Her original goal was $500. She has now has raised close to $15,000. This is most enjoyable.
So Texan of him.
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perrysigned a bill into law Thursday that he said would allow people of all faiths to exchange holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols even on school property.
Wait – What just happened? A roundup of the week in news, June 16, 2013
Duck Mania is headed for the shores of the United States! Florentijn Hofman, a Dutch artist has created a 54 foot, inflatable, yellow, rubber duckie. It gets taken from port to port and inflated for two week spans to bring “joy to the people” according to Hofman. It left Hong Kong on Thursday and began making its way across the ocean to the welcoming shores of America. This giant bath time fun toy has already visited the harbors of Osaka, Sao Paolo, Sydney, Amsterdam, and most recently, Hong Kong, where the big yellow guy received his most loving welcome to date.
You may have read our recent article about the rise in hate crimes this year, particularly in New York, but what you may not have heard about, are the superheroes patrolling the streets of Greenwich Village. Spyder, Spectre, Zero, and the Dark Guardian all don tactical gear and bullet proof vests, and take over where Batman and Robin left off. If there’s one thing gays love more than walking the streets of Greenwich Village, it’s walking the streets of Greenwich Village and encountering superheros of the night! Defenders of an alternative lifestyle! Protecting gayness wherever gaiety has been targeted!
Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is going on with you. Today is Father’s Day and I am thinking about him a lot today. I lost him May 4, 1999. He had just turned 80. He was planting a bush and keeled over from a massive heart attack and was dead before he hit the ground. There are so many things I didn't get a chance to ask him about. He was very much into genealogy and I was thrilled today when I found a birth date and place for a relative from the 1600s. I kept wishing I could call him and give him the website to look at.
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