Sins of the Father?

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More slave related window controversies; this time in the UK. Are we complicit in maintaining the harm of an oppressive sin, even if the systemic sin itself is overturned, by our failure to forego its benefits?

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Church in Seattle commemorates 75th anniversary of imprisonment of Japanese Americans

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Yesterday, February 19th, marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the internment of hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII. St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Seattle is an historically Japanese American congregation, and has been holding a series of events to commemorate the anniversary.

Falls Church dedicates plaque to slaves who built it

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Falls Church, the Episcopal church in the northern Virginia town of the same name, is an historic congregation, dating back to before the Revolutionary War. The building of Falls Church was erected in 1769, and although there are no definitive records of slaves doing the work, there is sufficient evidence to draw that conclusion. On February 11, the church dedicated a plaque to those laborers.

Death row inmate may get a new trial: a potential juror was dismissed because she was a Christian

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More than 500 leaders of various faiths are petitioning for Christopher Young to be given a new trial. The leaders are from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Islamic faiths. They are requesting a new trial on one specific reason, that a potential juror was eliminated from the jury for Young’s trial because of her association with a Baptist Church which had a prison ministry.

WA State Supreme Court unanimously rules against florist who refused flowers for same-sex wedding

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The court ruled that the Washington Law Against Discrimination as applied in this case did not violate any First Amendment rights, guaranteed by the US Constitution. That the law is a neutral, generally applicable law that serves the WA State government’s compelling interest in eradicating discrimination in public accommodations.

Food for thought: folks in the US have a double standard regarding religious violence

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I’ve heard it, and you probably have as well, Islam is a violent religion. Folks who claim to be Muslim, who commit violence in the name of Islam are really Muslims. And when I have responded with the idea that it is the same regarding Christians and Christianity, I encounter opposition, folks who claim to be Christian, who commit violence in the name of Christianity, aren’t really Christians.