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Should The Police Be Armed?

The cellphone video “reality footage” just doesn’t stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer’s action — always poisoning the grief. The family, the loved ones, the sympathetic sector of the American (and global) public demand “justice.” Even when they get it, or s ...

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The Storm Is Over

Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. "I love storms," said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY's federal prison. I fell asleep thinking of the gentle, haunting song our gospel choir sings: "It's over now, It's over now. I think that I can make it. The storm is over now." I awoke the next morni ...

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When Even Pope Francis Is Wrong: True Peacemaking And The Futility of Violence

Raven friend Michael Hardin of Preaching Peace recently declared, “Here is a place Pope Francis just does not get it,” regarding a New York Post article that stated, “the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics has said the international community would be justified in using military force as a last resort to stop “unjust aggression” perpetrated by Islamic State militants.” To say that Pope Francis “doe ...

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The Real Nuclear Threat

If war were only “itself” — the violence and horror, the conflagration and death — it would be bad enough, but it’s also an abstraction, a specific language of self-justifying righteousness that allows proponents to contemplate unleashing it not merely in physical but in moral safety. War, the abstraction, is an instrument of policy, an “option” that can be waged or threatened to get one’s way. It is always ...

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Lodestar of Peace

“Deeply sensible of their solemn duty to promote the welfare of mankind…” What? Were they serious? I kneel in a sort of gasping awe as I read the words of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, a treaty signed in 1928 – by the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and ultimately by every country that then existed. The treaty… outlaws war. “Persuaded that the time has come when a frank renunciation of war a ...

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Nonviolence in Action: Good News from Mel Duncan

We often hear from readers about the difficulties they face advocating for the power of nonviolence in places where faith in violence runs deep. It’s especially difficult – and all the more necessary – when the airwaves echo with faith in American firepower to restore peace in places like Syria, Iraq, or Ukraine. Faith in the goodness of America’s violence is matched by an equal faith in the wickedness of t ...

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Wealth Vs. Money

“There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” The words are those of Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, speaking to Edward R. Murrow in 1955, as quoted recently in an essay by Paul Buchheit. What was he thinking? Six decades later, the words have such a counter-resonance with prevailing thought. They exude an old-fashioned humility and innocence, like… striking it rich isn’t necessarily th ...

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Crosscurrents

By the time I leave Kentucky's federal prison center, where I'm an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world's 12th-largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water reserve of Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, at sixty days. Sporadic outages have already begun, the wealthy are pooling money to receive water in tankers, and government officials are heard discussing weekly five-day shutoffs of ...

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Rocka My Soul

“I wanna be ready . . .” And suddenly the glass case shattered. You know the one, perhaps. I’d been agitated by it for the past hour or so, sitting as I was maybe 25 rows back from the stage at Chicago’s ornate Auditorium Theater, watching the Alvin Ailey troupe dance their hearts out, moving their bodies with such lithe precision and grace. A huge hunger, a wanting, a hope stirred in the cage inside my bre ...

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Frat Boys On The Bus

“You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me . . .” Yeah, something had to happen. The cellphone video went public and the frat boys on the bus, who were just having a little politically incorrect fun, y’know, singing about Jim Crow exclusionary practices and, well, lynching, suddenly found themselves thrust into a national context, embarrassing the hell out of their fraternity and their sch ...

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