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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Three striking illustrations

1) It's been a while since the American churches have done anything out of the ordinary in the way of political resistance. Here's a moderately impressive example, nothing earthshaking at present but nevertheless significant, from Alabama, where more than 150 clergy of various denominations have threatened to break the law. Here's the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/us/14immig.html?scp=1&sq=alabama%20law%20criminalizes&st=cse

2) A Muslim father in Birmingham, England, calmed rioting crowds after his son was killed in the violence. The Prime Minister paid homage to his brave intervention. It was hailed throughout Great Britain as a "decisive" moment in the crisis.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/world/europe/12birmingham.html?scp=1&sq=father%20of%20man%20killed&st=cse

3) Read about Chief Petty Officer John W. Faas, the Navy Seal who died in the recent Taliban attack, a modest Christian man of many dimensions:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/us/12victims.html?scp=1&sq=navy%20seals%20names&st=cse