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Bad religion and Arizona

The sign read “No religion should be for discrimination.” That about sums up my feeling about the proposed Arizona law that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays because it’s against their religious beliefs. It was vetoed by Arizona’s governor last week, but the fact that it got so much support from so-called Christian groups is downright appalling. I mean isn’t that a bit oxymoronic, practitioners of religion practicing intolerance and then wanting to have a law that backs up that intolerance? My understanding of Christianity is that we are supposed to be tolerant of others. Jesus summed up the commandments to two: love of God and love your neighbor as yourself. Continue Reading →

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Gordon Parks film goes beyond Life photos, Shaft movie to reveal his life’s work

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

To call Gordon Parks (1912-2006) a Renaissance man might be an understatement to those who knew the late photographer, filmmaker, writer and composer. Born the youngest of 15 children in Fort Scott, Kansas, his father sent the teenage Parks to St. Paul to live with an older sister after their mother died. However he didn’t get along with his brother-in-law, who threw him out of the house, and Parks lived on the streets. Although he never graduated from high school, he nonetheless embarked on a journey that first began with playing piano in a brothel and playing semi-pro basketball to becoming an internationally renowned filmmaker. Continue Reading →

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