WAR: my lengthy commentary on a controversial subject by Jed Waverly

It seems like a no-brainer to me today as I think about it carefully.  In fact, it makes me feel like a real idiot that I haven’t been clearer about it in the past.   But today I am taking a break from my work and just thinking.    I read both newspapers in the morning and […]

FORGIVENESS: the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

forgiveness

This past week Pope Francis met with victims of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and begged forgiveness for the acts undertaken against them.   It was reported throughout the world, with various responses in the press.  Some hailed it as a key moment in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.  Others said it […]

INJUSTICE: violation of the rights of others

Injustice

It is easy to romanticize the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. to a point that it loses its significance.   That may seem like a harsh comment on this annual day of recognition of the civil rights leader.   But it is not a criticism of King.  It is a comment on the way in which […]

THANKSGIVING DAY: is it a religious holiday?

thanksgiving day

“Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.”* There is no question that the c elebration of Thanksgiving Day has become a secular holiday, even a National Holiday, in America.   The Macy’s Parade, the football games, the Westminster Dog Show, food, drink, […]

RACIST NAMES: NFL team name sparks controversy; American Indians demand change

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The controversy which is raging over the use of the name “Redskins” by the Washington NFL team is reaching a new level of volume and negativity.     For over 80 years the team has clung to its name, but there have been a number of times in its history when the name was challenged.   Of late, […]