America at its Best

Beauty. I was at the dentist today with a Muslim friend from Pakistan/Afghanistan. Her translator, an Indian Sikh man with a turban and her and myself were speaking in broken bits of three languages. Urdu between them, her Pashto, and my English to each of them. An elderly white lady came through the door with a walker and the Sikh man jumped up to help her. She didn’t look up at him and settled in behind us. A few minutes later as we were chatting about all kinds of random subjects the lady in the walker behind me spoke up … Continue reading America at its Best

My Thoughts the Travel Ban: Is it Good?

The Supreme Court ruled the travel ban was within the legal authority of the President. It is legal. I am glad for our check and balance system and that the courts saw this case. “It is legal,” they declared, and “allowable according to his powers to ban countries from entry,” but does that make his order good? That is what I want us to think about today. Just because it CAN happen, SHOULD it have happened? Is the travel ban good? The president said it was “to make America safe.” It was to protect America from people who wanted to … Continue reading My Thoughts the Travel Ban: Is it Good?

On Ethics and Justice

We are living in strange times. There have been assertions lately from certain legal teams that the president has the power to pardon himself or herself. No, no sir, the president cannot pardon himself. This was decided long ago by the Department of Justice. “Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself.” – DOJ August 5, 1974 The logic should reason for itself that unless we were living in a corrupt country more akin to a dictatorship, self-pardoning would be a gross misuse of power. We are all, … Continue reading On Ethics and Justice

Reading Through the Rhetoric – Caravans and the Mexican border

Here is some current events homework for you. 1.) Google “asylum seekers” so you know what it means. 2.) Look up “US policy in Honduras and Central America” so you know our contributions negative or positive to people fleeing their country. This is an interesting non partisan report from the Wilson Center exploring the history and US policy: Crime and Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle  3.) Ask yourself why a caravan of 1000 asylum seekers we knew were coming who told everyone they were seeking amnesty and walked across Mexico (which is no safe feat.) are being painted as “dangerous to … Continue reading Reading Through the Rhetoric – Caravans and the Mexican border

The Real Olympic Winners…

My bestie creates beautiful charts and data for the Olympics every time they role around because as she says, “a medal table isn’t nearly enough.”   If you are a nerd with numbers or just like the Olympics. Or are like me and struggle with math but like other people making math pretty, I give you, Hannah’s Olympics’ charts: via Winter v. Summer – Dollar Dollar Bills Y’all Continue reading The Real Olympic Winners…

Our Double Standard

  They should follow the same logic.  Either we should talk about both gun control and immigration or we should not let immigrants be banned because of a wicked person. Why is this our normal? The gun conversation rebuke has happened around every mass shooting I can remember since Columbine. “Now is not the time to talk about gun control.” Why? No time is made to talk about it when there isn’t a shooting but we are heavily rebuked from approaching the subject when there is a shooting. When? When? Why is the subject off the table? When is it okay … Continue reading Our Double Standard

What “Make America Great Again” Means

One of my longtime friends lives in New Jersey. These were being posted to people in the mail for the upcoming election in the neighboring town of Edison. This isn’t new. Racism hasn’t gone away and isn’t a thing of our past. “Before you ask: yes this is real. Edison is a neighboring town and the ethnic diversity there is probably not too far off from where I live. Most of you seeing this are probably shocked and horrified that this could happen, but I’m sharing this because everyone needs to know this crap happens all the time to minorities. … Continue reading What “Make America Great Again” Means

Fueling Fear

I have google alerts set to refugees. Which means I get an email every day with a sweep of the web on anything that comes up with “refugee” mentioned. I haven’t even dented the pile of news articles, blogs, and other random web findings surfacing the word refugee that I move to a folder to read later each day. I opened the google alert for yesterday and saw a title that caught my eye. I clicked on the Fox News article. I read it. I read it because it sounded odd. Syrian refugees? Why mention that specific people group? Knowing … Continue reading Fueling Fear

E.T.

“Eeeee.Teeee” I sounded out as the film began, pointing to the letters on the screen. Sitting on the lawn of a large outdoor music venue in our area, we were bundled up in sweaters or coats, blankets on our lap, bellies full from our strange picnic assortment of halal hot dogs, chips, grapes, watermelon, PB and J’s, rice, naan, hummus from the American grocery store (which never tastes like hummus from a middle eastern country or grocery store), glass cups of Persian tea in hand, we were ready to settle into E.T. as the local symphony played John Williams’ score … Continue reading E.T.

Something is wrong with the Church when…

I am gravely concerned with large portions of the American church. Particularly the bits that make the news. Whatever is driving the current climate: boastfulness, arrogance, bigotry, fear, self-righteous nationalism, pick-and-mix-handling-of-scripture, forgetting that entire cultures and regions of the world that we despise are made up of millions of people that are made in the image of God, forgetting that Christ loves and died for the Muslim, the agnostic and the secularist. When a Christian university’s student body cheers over someone who is introduced as “the man who bombs the middle east.” I am ashamed. I am ashamed to call … Continue reading Something is wrong with the Church when…