“School’s Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists”

I have no background with Todd Starnes. I am aware of his October 27 column, “School’s Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists,” only because Yahoo! News captured it. He plays fast and loose with the facts, which does not reflect well on him or Fox News & Commentary.

(Disclaimer: In a follow-up column October 28, Starnes reports information from a second parent that confirms some of his suspicions and contradicts statements of the superintendent and the teacher.  For other reasons, I have chosen to write this based on the facts as they were known on October 27.)

Sommer Bauer’s third grade son came home from school with a paper that bore an impressive image of Mount Rushmore. The captions made unflattering remarks about the Presidents shown.  The source was a Nation of Islam web page.

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Podcast – I don’t want to live among these people.

That may motivate me to seek my own place.

I don’t want to live among these people.

Related blog post: “Out of reach

Related blog post: “Housing the homeless ain’t that easy

Related blog post: “Chaos overwhelms the poor

Related blog post: “What we need

Music: The Beatles, “All You Need is Love”

Joseph in prison

The 07/26/18 post, “When needs are met,” gives the text concerning Joseph’s time in prison, and looks at that time somewhat.

I want to amplify that examination, given that his circumstances and opportunities in that setting weren’t that much different from my own now.
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“Acting White”

‘Acting White’

Against the notion that blacks victimize themselves by “acting black,” Princeton undergraduate Kristen Coke complains that “acting white” does not insulate her from petty racist insults. After all, she doesn’t act “ghetto.”

I’m not concerned about victimizations that occur when blacks “act white” in the presence of whites. In my world, there aren’t enough white people to matter. I’m concerned about the victimizations that occur when black people “act black” among blacks.

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Karma basics

We begin with Galaxian’s comment on “Jeanette:”

Schizophrenia is not a karmic matter.  It is an organic disease just as much as cancer is.  I don’t see how anything someone did in a previous life, or early in their current life, would bring this horrible thing on them.  Anybody can develop this condition at any time, although it usually starts in young adulthood.

I gather we are both familiar with this disease.

It’s a mistake to condemn a person on the basis of his or her lot, and also can be highly misleading to say she or he “deserves” it.

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Podcast – The quest for certainty

“I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
                                   — Psalm 34:1

The quest for certainty

Related blog post: “The wrongest verse” revisited

Related blog post: Forgiving the cosmos

Toto, “99”