Lindsey Paris-Lopez will not celebrate Independence Day. Instead, she "will celebrate our interdependence, our need and responsibility for each other," and "repent of the damage that individualism and American exceptionalism are causing at home and all over the world." Happy Interdependence Day.
As the US prepares to celebrate "liberty and justice for all," Robert Koehler reflects on the dark secrets of our nation: black sites, torture, war. "The darkest, most highly classified secret of all is that we’re always at war and we always will be."
In the wake of the Charleston massacre, Matthew Distefano makes an honest prayer asking God to help all of us do our part to end racism and the satanic powers of oppression. Let us join the prayer and "confront these powers and principalities boldly."
The Charleston massacre has Frances Fuller remembering the young men she knew in the Middle East who committed acts of terror. Young men who were products of situations, cultures, families, worlds entangled in violence "Dylann Roof ... did not get where he is all alone. None of us ever has," she reminds us. She asks, in the wake of this tragedy, "What will we learn?"
Before the dawn, Kathy Kelly wakes to enjoy a Ramadan breakfast with the Afghan Peace Volunteers before fasting. She reflects, in these dangerous times, "were the sun to truly rise upon the U.S.... we would have to share much of our wealth with a suffering world. ... U.S. people must know that life in the daylight might also be the start of an unaccustomed fast. "