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Belle: A story about classism and racism

10.29. 2014 Posted By: Gordon Houser

As I’ve written before here, many of these “true” stories stretch the truth quite a bit. Such is the case here. The film is actually inspired by a 1779 painting of Belle beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. It was commissioned by William Murray, who was at the time Lord Chief Justice of England and […]

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How humor and enemy loving transformed a grand dragon of the KKK

8.31. 2009 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Posted on on 08/31/09 at 09:06 AM When we hear people talk about the power of Christian nonviolence and peacemaking, it is almost always a story told by the one doing the loving rather then the enemy being loved. This testimony from a former KKK leader talking about NAACP leader Reverend Wade Watts does just that. […]

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Midweek must read link roundup

5.27. 2009 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Posted on 05/27/09 at 07:18 PM Every once in a while, I stumble across a bunch of links all at once that don’t quite have the coherence to link together in one story, but each offer a compelling perspective. Here are the links that caught my eye this week with brief summaries of the stories: Life […]

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Lent, DriveFast and ‘The Visitor’

2.28. 2009 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Posted on 02/28/09 at 05:32 PM Charletta and I watched the The Visitor last night. Friends had recommended it and I expected a quirky, lovable independent film. It’s this, but it is also a devastating portrait of ICE detention centers from the inside and draws us into the story of the way they tear apart families […]

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Progress and expansion: stories that undergird our civilization

6.1. 2008 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

06/01/08 at 11:31 PM This is a much delayed second part to my review of What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, from last December. In the first part I looked at four major limits that our world is running up against: species extinction, climate change, population explosion (of humans) and […]

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