Further thoughts on being recognized as clergy

Last week my efforts to get the Arlington County Court to recognize me as a member of the clergy finally succeeded. Now that it’s over, I’m going to reflect a little bit on some of the details and share some possible advice for others who find themselves fighting an uphill battle for rights and recognition.

First of all, I’m glad we didn’t have to make a court case out of it. (I was dealing with the bureaucracy of the clerk of court’s office, and we never …

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Responding to Violence

Tomorrow is the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.  On this day, Muslims throughout the world will pray and celebrate as they, collectively, break the fast that is the most recognized practice of Ramadan.  This year, though, the holiday has been marred by fear of potential violence.

Lost in the national coverage of November’s election, the Olympics, and the mass shootings that took place in Colorado, Wisconsin, and most recently in Texas, is a series …

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Working, not Fasting

My response to the conservative Christian day of prayer and fasting – Rick Perry’s “The Response” rally – will be to spend Saturday working and eating, because I think that the problems Perry and company want to turn over to their god for supernatural solutions are better addressed by human action.

There have been a number of prayer rallies around the nation named “The Call,” and now Rick Perry has put together “The Response,” all of which say they are modeled on an ancient example of …

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