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A good argument for gun control

Consider the consequences if the attacker had had a rapid-firing gun…. Article from the New York Times, 7/30/15, “Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Stabs 6 at a Gay Pride Parade for Second Time, Police Say,” by ISABEL KERSHNER:

JERUSALEM — An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing participants in the annual Gay Pride Parade here in 2005 struck again Thursday, stabbing six marchers in this year’s parade, according to the police.

Two of the victims were in serious condition, according to the emergency services. The assailant, Yishai Schlissel, was pinned to the ground on a central Jerusalem street and arrested by police officers who were stationed along the route, the police said.

Mr. Schlissel wounded three marchers a decade ago at a spot not far from Thursday’s attack and was convicted of attempted murder. He was said to have told the police that he had come “to kill in the name of God.” He was released from prison a month ago…

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Gordon College leader joins request for exemption to hiring rule

[Wasting no time after the US Supreme Court majority enshrined discrimination…]

By Evan Allen, Metro, 7/4/14

The president of a small Christian college north of Boston was among 14 religious leaders who sent a letter to the White House this week requesting a religious exemption to a planned order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation.

“Without a robust religious exemption . . . this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom,” reads the letter, signed by Gordon College president D. Michael Lindsay as well as the chief executive of Catholic Charities USA, the executive editor of Christianity Today, prominent evangelical pastor Rick Warren, and other Christian leaders.

The letter was sent Tuesday, a day after the US Supreme Court issued a ruling providing a religious exemption in another area, deciding that family-owned businesses are not required to provide birth control to employees if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Organizers said the letter was in the works before the Supreme Court ruling. The letter drew sharp criticism from Gordon alumni and students.

Lindsay “has made Gordon a fortress of faith rather than a place where the doors are open to people who want to be part of a conversation about what it means to be a Christian,” said Paul Miller, 29, a co-founder of LGBTQ organization OneGordon who graduated from Gordon in 2008 and worked for the school for three years before leaving because he could not come out as gay while there. “He thinks it’s important that it’s encoded into law that institutions be able to discriminate.”…

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Honoring a local son who made a difference

editorial, Daily Local News, 3/5/12

…On Saturday, dozens paid tribute to Rustin at a gala celebrating not only the opening of the new exhibit of his life at the historical society’s hall in West Chester, but also the civil rights leader’s 100th birthday. “Bayard taught me the meaning of not feeling tired when tiredness overtook me,” the Rev. Anderson E. Porter told the crowd at the society’s auditorium.

Rustin was born in West Chester in 1912 and after years of struggle with the civil rights question here in our community and later at a national level, joined with others in organizing the 1963 March on Washington that dramatically highlighted the movement and the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was there that King gave his monumental “I Have A Dream” speech, and it is easy to believe that without Rustin standing — figuratively, if not literally — behind him, the world would not have heard King’s greatest oration.

Rustin’s activism began in high school. He protested segregation at the Warner Theater on High Street and refused to stay in segregated hotel quarters while traveling with the high school track team, according to the historical society.

Rustin was no stranger to other controversy, either. He was frequently targeted for not only his race but also his sexual orientation and political affiliations. “He had three marks against him,” Porter said. “Not only was he criticized for being black, but also for at one time being a member of the Communist Party and for being gay.” …

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