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Forty ways to oppose "40 Days for Life"

From the article:

Supporters of reproductive rights are organizing to make sure the anti-women fanatics don't go unopposed. In New York City, NYC for Abortion Rights is organizing clinic defenses and encourages activists in other cities to do so as well. The group came up with 40 days' worth of actions and activities to show opposition to the "40 Days for Life." Here, we reprint them--and encourage readers to put them into practice to show your support of reproductive rights.

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What is Navaratri?

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Speaking of Hinduism,

More important than Diwali is, in fact, Navaratri, which Hindus around the world are celebrating right now. What is this religious holiday, sacred to the more than 1 billion Hindus worldwide yet relatively unknown by non-Hindus, all about?

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Diwali festivals grow in US, from Disney to Times Square

From the article:

Diwali, a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in India and other countries, has long been observed in immigrant communities around the U.S.
But now public celebrations of the holiday are starting to pop up in places ranging from Disneyland and Times Square to parks and museums.

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Fellow Sanders supporters - PLEASE don't adopt the behaviors you criticized

Accept that many Democrats are understandably angry that another election was stolen. Yes, another election, given that the 2000 results were validated by the SCOTUS, if validated is indeed even the proper word for outright electoral theft by a right wing SCOTUS.

And accept that, judging by the many posts here, the anger needs an outlet.

But recognize that, in spite of the total lack of a (D) after Sanders' name, he is articulating positions in the mold of the positions advocated by FDR in the 1930s, updated for 2017.

Know that, just as Sanders is a very popular politician, know also that Sanders' positions are increasingly popular with the public at large.

And be thankful that he, along with many Democrats, and partly inspired by the Occupy Movement, are all helping to change and reframe the terms of debate in this country. We all need for the debate to be properly framed so our positions are not seen as unrealistic and unachievable, but as the only responses to the increasing problem of inequality and stagnation for the bottom 90%.

What sort of civil religion demands:

Patriotism is a belief system, a civil religion, based on the belief that one particular country is above all else.

What sort of patriotism excuses dropping an atomic device, killing many thousands of civilians, and then repeats the action with a modified version of the device?

What sort of patriotism excuses the cultural and near literal genocide of the First Peoples in the name of American exceptionalism?

A Muslim Americans Homecoming: Cowboys, Country Music, Chapatis

From the article:

There I was, a Yankee of Indian extraction who had always dismissed country music without a second listen, tearing through Nashville’s Lower Broadway — swaying along to cover bands at Tootsie’s and Robert’s Western World and perusing star-spangled cowboy gear at Boot Country.

A very funny and long article about a Muslim woman discovering the US.

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Kneeling at NFL liturgies its a little strange for a Catholic

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From a Catholic perspective, the controversy over kneeling during the national anthem is strange. Many people, like President Trump, are criticizing players for kneeling because they say it shows disrespect. .....

In the case of the NFL, those kneeling should be allowed to explain their symbolic action. If they say it is a protest against racial injustice and not an attack on the flag, their interpretation should be respected. They are the authors of their action and have a unique right and obligation to explain it. Challenging their interpretation of their actions is arrogant and demeaning. To tell them they cannot express and explain their views is to cut off their freedom of expression.

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Bad news: Religious cyber-vigilantism on the rise

From the article:

......................“Homosexualist James Martin to Address DC Seminary Alumni,” ran the headline on Church Militant’s August 18 story. Martin (“known for his advocacy of same-sex genital acts and transgender ideology”) put himself in the crosshairs by daring to publish a book that urges a nicer, more accepting relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community.

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Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees

From the article:

Here, Michael Frost reflects on the differences between Kaepernick and Tim Tebow.
They're both Christian football players, and they're both known for kneeling on the field, although for very different reasons.
One grew up the son of Baptist missionaries to the Philippines. The other was baptized Methodist, confirmed Lutheran, and attended a Baptist church during college.
Both have made a public display of their faith. Both are prayerful and devout......

This is the tale of two Christian sports personalities, one of whom is the darling of the American church while the other is reviled. And their differences reveal much about the brand of Christianity preferred by many in the church today.

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Speaking of NASCAR,

are any current NASCAR drivers military veterans?

Given what the various NASCAR organization figures have said about the kneeling controversy, how many drivers and NASCAR celebrities served in the US military?

Simply curious.
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