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The Democratic convention's most surprising argument: Christianity is a liberal religion

And yet representatives of the black church spoke on everything from police violence to systemic racism at the convention, often cloaking their speeches directly in religious metaphor and text. Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine himself explicitly said the reasons for his progressivism stemmed from his time with Jesuits.

Religion was everywhere at the DNC, but it rarely felt overpowering, or even explicitly Christian. There was time for powerful speeches from Muslims, too, and a tacit acknowledgement that “faith” can mean something very different for just about everyone — including its lack.

But there was still something weird for someone who came of age during the culture wars of the 1990s to see the Democrats so aggressively displaying not only faith but a parade of speakers associated with the military at a Democratic convention — and have almost the exact opposite at the Republican convention. And I’ve already written about how the Democrats tried to position themselves as the party of family values.

In particular, the almost complete absence of the religious right was felt at the earlier convention, which was angrier and maybe even crueler because of it. Say what you will about George W. Bush, but he at least made the attempt to look like a caring Christian man in person. (Whether he lived that out in his policy is another matter.) The same was true of Mitt Romney’s expressions of his Mormonism. Trump’s convention seemed to have no religious influence whatsoever — unless narcissism counts as a religion.


Fire department surprises firefighter's widow on her 100th birthday

When firefighters line up in front of your house is usually for a bad reason. Not this time.

The Norfolk Fire-Rescue department in Virginia wanted to make Jeanette Carty’s 100th birthday really special. Her husband, Joe, spent thirty years in the force serving from 1942 to 1972.

On June 22, Joe’s widow turned 100. That was a special day for Jeanette Carty and became even more memorable with the firefighters lining up in front of her house.

They offered her flowers and made her feel again as part of the fire department’s family.


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Biden: "I've talked to Bernie. Bernie is going to endorse her."

Vice President Biden says Bernie Sanders will endorse his Democratic primary opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"I've talked to Bernie. Bernie is going to endorse her," Biden told NPR's "Weekend Edition," according to NPR reporter Rachel Martin.

Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesman, would not confirm or deny the vice president's assertion.

“We are in the process of talking” with the Clinton campaign, he said, and noted that the candidates met earlier this month to talk about next steps.


Former Colts running back Zurlon Tipton dies in accidental shooting at Michigan car dealership

Source: CBS 4

A former Indianapolis Colts running back died Tuesday after a gun in his car was accidentally discharged.

Tipton pulled into the service bay at a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Roseville, Michigan around 9:30 a.m., according to WJBK.

He went to take a duffel bag out of the trunk of his vehicle, and one of the two guns inside the bag reportedly went off. He was struck in the stomach. Tipton was taken to the hospital in good condition, but later died. He was 26 years old.

Read more: http://cbs4indy.com/2016/06/28/former-colts-running-back-zurlon-tipton-dies-in-accidental-shooting-at-michigan-car-dealership/

Police, firefighters called in after flat Earth debate turns heated

A family argument over whether the Earth is flat or round became so heated that one of the participants threw a propane cylinder onto a campfire, prompting an intervention by firefighters.

The dispute over a question most considered resolved centuries ago boiled over around 10:30 p.m. Monday at St. Lawrence Park in Brockville, Ont.

Police said a 56-year-old Brockville man was at a campsite with his son and his son's girlfriend when the woman began insisting that the Earth is flat.

The older man insisted the Earth is round.


Ontario is trying to be Canada's Florida.

Which is your favorite insult of Trump: Shitgibbon, cocksplat, fuckmuppet, or jizztrumpet?

Man Named Gambles Wins Lottery for 2nd Time Using Same Numbers

A suburban Chicago man with the last name Gambles has won the lottery for the second time, using the same numbers.

Larry Gambles, of Matteson, won a $1,050,000 Lucky Day Lotto jackpot prize when his ticket matched all five numbers — 01-06-12-14-25 — in the June 7 drawing.

"Nine years ago, I won $50,000 playing the numbers from the jerseys of my high school basketball team," Gambles told the Illinois Lottery. "I’ve been playing the same numbers ever since. I can’t believe they paid off again."


Reflections on Pride: A meditation for LGBT Catholics

This weekend in New York City the LGBT community celebrates “Pride Weekend.” In the wake of the Orlando massacres, this event takes on great significance. Now, not every LGBT person will march in a parade this weekend or this month. Some people prefer to stand on the sidewalks and cheer. Some don’t much like parades at all. Sadly, some still have a hard time accepting who they are, and also struggle with their relationships with God.

So I’d like to offer some reflections for LGBT Catholics, and for LGBT youth in particular, who may be struggling with their relationships with God and with the church.

First of all, remember that you were created by God. Psalm 139 says about God, “For it was you who formed my inward parts. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.”


GR NAACP, lawyer question decision to shoot suspect

Source: WOOD TV8

The leader of the Grand Rapids NAACP and a defense attorney and reserve police officer have watched the video that shows police tasing, siccing a dog on and ultimately fatally shooting a homicide suspect.

They said what they saw leaves them with questions.

“We will be making a request, I’ll say that, sometime today, to meet with the mayor of Kentwood, the city commissioners and the chief to talk about some of the things that we have an issue with, because we do have questions,” said Cle Jackson, president of the Grand Rapids NAACP.

Jackson was shown the video before it was released to the public Tuesday morning.

Read more: http://woodtv.com/2016/06/21/gr-naacp-leader-lawyer-have-questions-over-police-shooting-video/
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