Interfaith Movie Today

This afternoon, we attended the interfaith movie screening of “The Judge.

The movie is about a Palestinian woman who becomes “the first woman judge in a Shari’a ‘family law’ court.”

Let’s just say it wasn’t easy for her to break into this male-dominated profession within institutionalized religion in the Middle East.

Thinking in an interfaith way, I guess it’s maybe not so dissimilar to women breaking into the profession of the Rabbinate.

Another similarity between the religions was that there were many Islamic religious leaders that were very conservative and dead set against women in the Shari’a courts, while others stood up against the tide and inspired change — I think we have similar disagreements in Judaism between the ultra-orthodox who want to stick with the “old” historical ways of doing things, and the more liberal Jews that seek the freedom to alter those ways.

During the movie, there were some interesting take-aways like under Shariah law, men are allowed up to 4 wives!

Another funny line in the movie was when one of the men said that the men never make trouble for the women (i.e. it’s all the women’s fault).

In the court cases filmed, there seemed to be a lot of cases of domestic violence and of divorce, and in one case in particular the wife was actually stabbed to death in the court house by her husband who she was trying to get a divorce from.

Overall, it felt good to attend the event and try to be a part of the healing process between people.

The event was sponsored by the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS) of Washington, D.C.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Election Day Dead 2018

This just seemed so perfect for election day this year. 


With the country torn asunder between left and right. 


We are the grateful dead of the U.S. of A. 


– Our political system is stymied and our representatives are only self-minded. 


The integrity of our founding fathers has vanished and last century’s great national hope has languished. 


Cause the liberals hate the conservatives. 


And the conservatives hate the liberals. 


All of my folks hate all of your folks, and everyone blames the Jews.  


– The Constitution has become malarkey, and the Bill of Rights now makes people snarky. 


Polarization and they’re a lyin’, fake news and no one is even tryin’.


It’s either my way or the highway, and everyone else can go to h*ll. 


– Throw a fit and curse your neighbor, chase the opposition to the wayward. 


Know that threats and violence are better than silence, and resistance means persistence. 


How could this have even happened, and you’re all on the wrong side of history.


– Are we making things great, and they’re only about hate.


Or are they racist deplorables, and we’re the self-righteous ennobles.


From the economy to trade wars, and from immigration to healthcare.


Why is it that we can’t listen, negotiate, compromise, and play fair.


– I don’t know why we’re even having an election.


When we only want to defeat the opposition.


Cause the Democrats hate the Republicans.


And the Republicans hate the Democrats.


All of the Obamanicks hate the Trumpeans, and vice versa is certainly true too.


– It’s up to everyone to put the country first and stop the bickering and the hate.


Practice patriotism and nationalism, tear down the walls so progress does not stall.


No one is all right and no one is all wrong, instead we’ve got to come together and just let everyone belong.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Political Spectrum

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Even though the election is over…divisiveness in America is as high as ever, if not at all time highs.


We’re seeing it hurtfully in terms of bias, bigotry, and hate all around us:


– Protests, outright hostility, and violence (some sponsored) between left and right.


– Murders of police officers and African Americans betwixt the rise of Black Lives Matter.


– Calls for justice to “Lock her up” and defiant calls of “Not my President!”


– Labeling of people as bigots and racists amidst calls to “Make America Great Again.”


– Conspiracy theories of links with Russia juxtaposed with Wikileaks of collusion against Bernie Sanders


– Powerful political machines, operatives, media handlers, fundraising, advertising, and big data to “get out the vote” for your candidate. 

– The blue wall falling in the election as working-class whites abandoned the party they felt abandoned them.


– Gender glass ceilings, pay differentials, and inequality going up against the hope of a first female President of the United States. 


– Growing income and wealth inequality of the elites and trade imbalances with other nations amidst Occupy Wall Street and a nostalgia to return our manufacturing, jobs, and main street to America. 


Divisiveness of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, wealth and more are showing up in the positioning of people along the broad political spectrum. 


This spectrum spans from ultimate control and dictatorship to outright chaos and anarchy, and with lots of options in between. 


So where do you fall on the political spectrum yesterday, today, and how about tomorrow? 😉


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

Guns And Roses

Guns And Roses

This was an interesting student portrayal showing decision on whether someone is a friend or foe–I like it!

On the face of it, is a computer screen “head” with pictures of a drone for surveillance and a fighter jet for carrying out battle.

In the right hand is a rose for the friend, and in the left hand is a gun for the foe.

On the bottom, it says “You Decide” with little pieces of hanging paper marked “Friend”or “Foe” and you pick one.

To me, the kid that designed this is pretty smart–smarter than a lot of adults today,

Why?

To many people, everything is black or white–for example, liberals may default to everyone as good and trustworthy until shown otherwise, while conservatives may take the alternate track where they assume people are bad and we should be cautious with them and be prepared to defend ourselves.

Neither is simply right or wrong–it’s just how we approach things–although for me, it’s definitely you have to earn trust, and still it’s important to verify!

The kid that made the friend or foe robot apparently realizes that we have to discriminate between those people that are friends and those that are enemies–and act accordingly.

Surveillance is a good thing and being ready to defend ourselves is a very good thing.

Sometimes, those that masquerade as friends are really foes, and those that challenge us may really be our best friends.

We must be very discriminating in determining who is who–and be ready with both rose and gun. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)