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Why shouldn’t women vote?

During the summer of 1920, the anti-suffragettes offered plenty of reasons. “I would rather see my daughter in a coffin than at the polls,” one father exclaimed during floor debate in Little Rock. And, the liquor industry feared the “dry” ladies who want to enforce Prohibition, Elaine Weiss reports in her book The Woman’s Hour. […]

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Three kinds of patriots

“There are three kinds of patriots, two bad and one good,” said William Sloane Coffin. “The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics. Good patriots carry on a lover’s quarrel with their country.” Coffin was a minister and long-time peace activist.

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Change?

“What the ego hates more than anything else in the world is to change—even when the present situation is not working or is horrible,” writes Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “Instead, we do more and more of what does not work, and many others have rightly said about addicts, and I would […]

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Try and not try

“We must both try and not try, we must both ‘care and not care,’ as poet T.S. Eliot puts it,” write Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “By personal temperament, you will start on one side or the other, but finally you must build the bridge between the two.”

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Holy anger at injustice

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart. May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom and peace among all […]

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A holy anger

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart. May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom and peace among all […]

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It’s time to protest

I have edited Martin Luther King so that his quote refers to “woman” instead of “man” and to “her” instead of “his.” “Every woman of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits her convictions, but we must all protest,” Martin Luther King once said. What can we do to protest? I don’t […]

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The language of the unheard

“In the final analysis,” Martin Luther King once said, “a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear?”

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My trip to North Korea

How am I doing? I have been escaping the pandemic by traveling to North Korea. Really! My friend Jane gave me two books about people who escaped the horrors of North Korea—The Girl with Seven Names and A River in Darkness. No matter how long this virus crisis lasts, I won’t run out of books. […]

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Remember

Remember when you could go  to the grocery store if you decided suddenly you needed more lettuce or you could go out to eat if you didn’t feel like cooking dinner or you could call a friend and invite her to lunch. Remember. Someday we will be able to do those things again. But, now […]

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