Daily Archives: 04/21/2013

Don’t Deny Miranda Rights Nor Presume Guilt

and then they came for me(Community Matters)  First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the  trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

I’m certainly not defending Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nor suggesting he doesn’t deserve the swift & full sentence of justice. And, we should think twice before listening to lynch mob sentiment.

Best Wishes Penny Wilson & Jeff Browning

(Community Matters) Just barely back in town last night in time to celebrate the nuptials of Penny Wilson & Jeff Browning at their extraordinary Volenta abode on/overlooking Lake Travis.

jeff penny wedding


Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart

sojourners march cover(Community Matters) How might disillusioned liberals think of their work in light of President Obama?  –  a perspective from a life long civil rights advocate. March Sojourners: Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart.

for the last 60 years . . . . we have even begun to commit ourselves to say out loud that we want a multiracial democracy. . . .

As for the money question, the compassion question, the racial question, now the religious question—all of these are things that we have to take hold of. We should not see them primarily as more burdens, but, “Lord, what a gift you are giving us to try to make a nation out of this stuff. Wow.” . . . .  How do you struggle when folks are constantly pushing back? I can only say, How else do you struggle? That’s what makes struggle—not constant victories, but getting up after you have been knocked down, again and again. That is what makes for your faith in the fact that you are a follower of the One who took up the cause.