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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

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Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by kathy: ky on September 23, 2017 at 11:34pm
Chris, fleeing is exactly what I'm doing. The area you live in sounds like such a wonderful open minded place that I think I would love it there. I don't eat much :) And coffee sounds wonderful.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 23, 2017 at 9:46pm

Thanks for the pictures of your march, Plinius. I would definitely take your boys next time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2017 at 8:30pm

Thomas, I would definitely bring the kids.  I love seeing families and kids at these types of events.  I have a lot of respect for parents who are proactive at instilling good values in children in a participatory way.  Marches and rallies show them that in order to make change happen, you cannot sit on the sidelines.  

Supporting justice for all is for everyone, whatever your age.  Your boys, at ages 10 and 14, are certainly mature enough to understand the nuances of such causes.  Go for it!   

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 23, 2017 at 7:47pm

  Pilnius,

  The last time I went on a march was back in 1994  "Take Back the Night" in Washington D.C. at Dupont Circle. That was the only time I felt productive in a community effort to change and improve lives.

   Now there is another march that will happen on Sept 30th, "March for Black Women and the March for Racial Justice" in Washington D.C.

  The reason I am mentioning this now is I was sent an invitation to join this march. So is also I do have a question for anyone to answer, is it a good idea to bring my two boys, aged 10 and 14 on this march? and perhaps future marches? I believe this will expose them the value of community involvement and that individuals can feel part of the ever changing world.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2017 at 2:45pm

Looks like a lovely day, Chris. Diverse in many different ways.

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2017 at 2:22pm

Thanks Chris, will look forward to them.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2017 at 2:01pm

It was a beautiful day, Patricia, and I made some pics of the river for you. 

Diversity: 

there were Gayservatives - gay conservatives

old pinks - senior gays

some of the political parties sent gay delegations, but not the xian fundies 

gays from the police force

a big group of foreign students under a banner 'Out and abroad'

a religious group - their Tshirts said 'My god marries gays too'

A Humanist group

and at least one transgender!

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2017 at 1:40pm

Looks like you also had a beautiful day for it as well, Chris (Plinius).

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 23, 2017 at 1:06pm

Plinius,

Are you sure there was diversity in your great march? You mean they actually had republicans, or white supremacist, or fundies , or even ISIS marching for enlightenment?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2017 at 11:21am

Love your photo, Plinius.  It's heartwarming when people gather together and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of others.  It's beautiful and easy to do.  Which is why it's so damn frustrating when persons, groups, and governments suppress, and even criminalize, others for no good reason.   

 

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