America’s Next Bill Clinton!


Working with the religious right!

Before I start on my note, I have a Public Service Announcement to make: these puppies were found in the middle of the street a few days ago. They need homes. If you want one, let me know. I’ve got the hook up.

This morning, I am proud to announce a new social service project I’d been working on, set to kick off Monday – as it was the day Columbus found the new world – and it is my hope that with the new project, a we will find our new world as well. I’d love for you to join me.

For the last few weeks, as many of you know, I’ve been working hard in reaching out to the religious right to find common grounds on issues we can work together, toward a better world.

We may have found such with a Christian co-worker, who — although we have very little in common, shares my passion for wanting to change the world. This Monday, we will be in Hampton Roads neighborhoods with homeless persons, to clean up the neighborhoods. The idea is to hire these homeless persons for about three or four hours, to go around with bags and cleaning up the neighborhoods. I see this as a project that can be expanded from Hampton Roads to other areas, including Washington, D.C., once I relocate.

This project works for many reasons: first and foremost – it allows homeless people to earn money and a sense of worth. Secondly, it makes our community look much nicer, and is an environmental project. But most importantly, it’s the first step in uniting the religious right and the social liberals, encouraging them to work together toward a better America.

At the end of the day, the right cares about America very much – just as much as we do, but because of the gap in cultural differences, we’ve been removed in one another’s lives. This project is the first step of many, to bring the two sides together for a good cause.

I realize that to change the world, we must do so in a political sense. But the personal is political, and we must start uniting in a personal sense before we can do so in a political sense.

My goal for this is to start with Hampton Roads and eventually expand, bringing student groups and religious organizations together. If successful, we will apply for non-profit status, and I hope, become an NGO one day. In working together, perhaps we’ll be able to see one another has fellow human beings, rather than the enemy. Then, and only then, can we start to work together in other spheres, to make the world a better place.

I know many of you will be reluctant to do this, because of your past history with religion, which might have been hurtful to you. But let me say this – at the end of the day – it isn’t about you – it’s about what we can do to make America a better place. We all hurt – but there are others who are hurting more. It’s important to put our feelings and differences aside, so we can ease the pain of those other people.

If you are interested in helping on Monday, let me know. If you want to do this in your area, let’s work together – because we all do better when we work together!

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My friend is marrying a cheater. What would you do?
October 1, 2007, 12:36 pm
Filed under: cheating, DC, family, Feminism, feminists, friends, infidelity, love, marriage, relationships

So, what am I supposed to do?

I’ve never understood the cheating mentality. I am no saint, but I find the idea of cheating to be unethical and …just completely against everything that I believe love to be. How could one spend so much time wooing the person they want to spend a good portion of their lives with, and then go out and cheat on that person? How could one to love someone, and not have the discipline to say no to being with another person?

Maybe it’s because I have high standards when it comes to relationships and do not fall in love with just anyone, and thereby selfishly do not want to cheat, for fear I might lose that person. Or …maybe, just maybe it’s because I am not an asshole (although I’ve been told otherwise). In either cases, I neither condone nor understand cheating.

So, I beg the question: what do I do in this situation? Go to the wedding and pretend everything is fine? Or do I not attend the wedding at all and risk hurting a friend?