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If you block off legal avenues for desperate [immigrants], they will find illegal ones. Even a huge expansion in the border enforcement has failed to change that elemental reality. The surge of kids is a logistical and humanitarian challenge, but not a dangerous wave of pestilential predators and vermin. In pondering immigration policy, it’s sometimes useful to keep in mind that we are, after all, talking about human beings.

Woody Guthrie

—This Land is Your Land

kdo:

Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land (1944)
Woody Guthrie
from: ”My Dusty Road” Box Set / CD 1: Woody’s “Greatest” Hits

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I normally avoid Facebook on the 4th, but I’m going to start a day early this year because it’s mostly Matt Walsh and Hobby Lobby praise.

And you don’t kiss boys. Boys kiss you.

(Source: part-mermaid)

Some of my opinions about the whole Hobby Lobby debacle

  • Contraception shouldn’t be controversial—it’s a good thing.  It should be as accessible as possible to as many women as possible.
  • I’m not sure the mandate included in Obamacare was the best way to go about getting that done.
  • Corporations are not people and therefore cannot be Christian.
  • I’m totally sympathetic to not liking that your money goes toward activities you have a strong moral opposition to.  See: war, the death penalty, mass incarceration, etc.
  • I’d like to see more Christians speak up against those evils rather than continuing to freak out over people having sex they don’t approve of.  Your religious beliefs apply to you and you alone.
  • I wish people wouldn’t base their opinions about contraception on fear-based falsehoods that are meant to discourage people from having the aforementioned unapproved sex. (i.e. the morning after pill causes abortions).
Beach Boys

—Wouldn't It Be Nice

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older?
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long;

And wouldn’t it be nice to live together,
In the kind of world where we belong?

(Source: fredrickallen, via eleanorbruise-velt)

I just saw this post about ‘the best and the brightest’ not going into teaching so of course the education system is messed up or some inane malarkey like that.

I have two cousins and a sister who are teachers.  They’re all whip-smart and did incredibly well in a top-notch education program.  I have a couple of good friends who are teachers as well and all of these people work their butts off to help give kids a quality education.  They care about them so much.

I know there are serious flaws in the U.S. education system but don’t go blaming it on teachers not being smart enough.  I get that libertarians have to complain about all things government, but at least know what you’re talking about, and try to aim your disdain at the right people next time.

I also wanted to be a teacher for pretty much my entire life until three years ago, so this stupid idea particularly irks me.

  • I despise the yearly reminders and posts about modesty that pop up every summer.  Men who view me as a piece of meat while I’m wearing a bikini view me as such when I’m wearing work-out clothes, business attire, whatever.  And that is their issue, not mine.
  • I understand the idea of wanting to save something for one’s wedding night, but waiting to have your first kiss at the altar and then going straight to having sex a few hours later?  That sounds horrifying.  I’m glad that despite how conservative and religious they are, my parents never bought into the whole courtship thing and just let me date who I wanted.  You know, that whole process of getting to know someone before you decide whether or not you want to marry them.
active-rva:

On this day in 1967, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision on the case Loving v. Virginia. The case was brought by Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed black and Native woman and a white man who had been sentenced to a year in prison each for getting married, under Virginia’s anti-interracial marriage laws. 
Police raided their home in the middle of the night, hoping to discover them having sex, which would confer an additional criminal charge. When the Lovings pointed out their marriage license (issued in Washington DC, where the marriage was legal), it was used in court as evidence against them, as marriage between a person considered white and a person considered non-white was at this time a felony.
They plead guilty and were told that their sentence would be suspended (not carried out) if they left the state. They did so, moving to DC, but faced so much trouble trying to visit relatives in Virginia (as they could not live or travel together there, under threat of a year in prison) that they appealed the ruling. 
The court decided in favor of the Lovings, declaring laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. This case was a landmark Civil Rights victory, and it happened only 47 years ago. 

active-rva:

On this day in 1967, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision on the case Loving v. Virginia. The case was brought by Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed black and Native woman and a white man who had been sentenced to a year in prison each for getting married, under Virginia’s anti-interracial marriage laws. 

Police raided their home in the middle of the night, hoping to discover them having sex, which would confer an additional criminal charge. When the Lovings pointed out their marriage license (issued in Washington DC, where the marriage was legal), it was used in court as evidence against them, as marriage between a person considered white and a person considered non-white was at this time a felony.

They plead guilty and were told that their sentence would be suspended (not carried out) if they left the state. They did so, moving to DC, but faced so much trouble trying to visit relatives in Virginia (as they could not live or travel together there, under threat of a year in prison) that they appealed the ruling. 

The court decided in favor of the Lovings, declaring laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. This case was a landmark Civil Rights victory, and it happened only 47 years ago. 

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If “the Church” is half its size in twenty years, so be it. There are some churches out there that are the last place Jesus would want to be. There are some churches that deserve to be left. Every time someone leaves a church where Jesus is not evident, I applaud. I’d rather people go wander the wilderness where at least they are surrounded by something God created, then stay in a church where Jesus is not present. Yes, I have enough faith in God to believe that He doesn’t need our churches to get through to people. Whether people are right to leave or not, God can still find them. So it doesn’t matter how many of our wooden and brick and stone churches close their doors. The Church (capital “C”) will never die. God will find a way to preserve the Gospel. The Russian revolutionaries tried to stamp out the Church and nearly succeeded. Except that when they were burning all of the literature, they forgot to burn Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.