Tag Archives: Terrorism

Real Americans

I’m not going to address this past weekend’s events specifically.  There are already hundreds of columns covering every aspect of what happened in Charlottesville (and what is happening, to a lesser extent, in Seattle and Richmond and elsewhere). Instead, I’d … Continue reading

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Is Dylann Roof America Personified?

The horrific, racially motivated murder spree by Dylann Roof also served as a call to action for those who see the awful events of Wednesday night as corroboration of their core beliefs about the poisonous nature of American culture. Briefly, … Continue reading

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A Subtle Lesson of the Woolwich Attack

By now, everyone has likely heard the awful story of the brutal attack perpetrated in the London district of Woolwich yesterday.  To recap, two “suspects”[1] attempted to run a man down with their car, then, after crashing their vehicle, attacked the … Continue reading

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Hey, It’s Not the End of the World

One of the temptations of our disposable and wildly narcissistic modern culture is to presume that whatever is happening now must be more important than anything that has happened previously—not only more important because it’s happening to us, but also objectively more … Continue reading

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The Fatal Mistake

In the aftermath of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, about which many details are still unknown, several thoughts immediately came to mind as the limited facts trickled in. The first was that it immediately reminded me of the London … Continue reading

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No Laughing Matter

Seen at the Richmond International House of Airplanes Airport: Upon arriving at the security checkpoint, I announced loudly that “A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into an airport . . . ” at which point I was quickly … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

Last night provided us with one of those rare glimpses at unfolding history with the full understanding of its significance as it happened.  The gleefulness of some of the responses were mildly troubling to me, as were the quickly-fatigued memes … Continue reading

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Evacuate the Dancefloor: A Narrative Lyrical Analysis

Recent protests and upheaval in the Middle East, juxtaposed against our own military presence in the region, call to mind yet again the far-reaching geopolitical implications of these events. Specifically, will the seeming democratization of that part of the world … Continue reading

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