July 14, 2016
By Mark Tyler As I joined thousands of leaders and members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at our bicentennial celebration against the backdrop of a nation in turmoil, a question floated in the air: Is there no balm in Gilead? The question is a verse in the Bible raised by the prophet Jeremiah and is timely after the tragic events of last week. We are a nation in search of a healing. Alton Sterling, a father of five, was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, La., when he was approached by the police.
June 5, 2016 |
King Firemarth is falling down a cliff. The drop is long, and the king is certain of his death until a friendly dragon scoops him up and deposits him safely on level ground. The unexpected rescue teaches Firemarth, who had previously feared the dragon - and all different-looking beasts in the kingdom - that "you shouldn't deny someone respect simply because they're different. " So goes The Legend of Firemarth , a children's book written and illustrated by Paulsboro High School sophomore Samson Beaver, who took home first prize this week in B'nai B'rith's "Diverse Minds Writing Challenge" in South Jersey.
May 23, 2016 |
Diana Goetsch is a writer in New York City and author of "Nameless Boy" Two and a half years ago when I began to transition, I was living in two genders, spending some days as Doug, some as Diana. I wasn't doing this out of curiosity or experimentation, as anyone aware of how dangerous it is to transition will attest. Rather, I knew where I was headed, and was carefully pacing myself, lest I go insane. If I needed to use a public restroom on Diana days I chose the women's room.
May 17, 2016
By Susan McCarthy-Miller Long before Donald Trump arrived on the political scene, a two-pronged tempest of gargantuan proportion was gathering power in the form of "tolerable racism. " As President Obama assumed the highest political office in the world, the innermost feelings of our citizenry were slowly being roused by the election of a biracial Hawaiian. These heretofore broad-minded voters were now accessing their deepest racially prejudiced feelings, long tamped down in the name of political correctness, social harmony, and high-minded tolerance.
January 12, 2016
ISSUE | PRESS FREEDOM Poor perspective As celebrated as Central High School is, senior Michael Moroz somehow missed the lesson about a person being presumed innocent until proven guilty ("Getting lesson in intolerance," Wednesday). Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Mo., teenager who was shot and killed by police, had never been found guilty of anything. Being a "delinquent" or a "thug," which is what Moroz called Brown in a commentary in the school newspaper, is not a reason to be murdered by police or anyone else.
September 27, 2015 |
Standing before Independence Hall, Pope Francis praised America's tradition of religious tolerance and called on members of all faiths to be a voice for those who are "unable to be heard. " "I take this opportunity to thank all those, of whatever religion, who have sought to serve the God of peace by building cities of brotherly love, by caring for our neighbors in need, by defending the dignity of God's gift of life in all its stages, by defending the cause of the poor and the immigrant," the pope said.
September 4, 2015 |
Which are you? It's a decision every Philadelphian has to make for him or herself: Wit or witout. Show your tolerance (and love for cheesesteaks) with this instant-classic T-shirt from local designer Philly Phaithful. - Samantha Melamed "I can't live" T-shirt, $24.99 at Phillyphaithful.com Salt, pepper and ... habanero? Northern Liberties spice maker Saint Lucifer is determined to one-up Old Bay with its own special spice blend - a hot, salty, garlicky powder the makers think should sit next to salt and pepper on every table in the city.
July 22, 2015 |
THEY CALLED it "The Hamptons Meet Philly," and the white linen- and seersucker-clad 10th-anniversary cocktail party celebrating Anthony Henderson and Jason Strong 's decade together went off without a hitch this weekend. Henderson is a longtime celebrity fashion stylist who balances his time between Philly and L.A., and has been doing wardrobe dressing for the Daily News ' Sexy Singles for more than a decade. Strong is an LGBT activist. Together, the couple has a 4-year-old adopted son, Marcelino . After meeting on a dating website more than a decade ago, they've outlasted many of their gay and straight couple counterparts.
July 19, 2015 |
Last month, for the second time in 18 months, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested in Arizona for driving under the influence. According to police investigators, McNabb was caught driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.171 percent, twice the legal limit. In a video of his arrest, McNabb contends he was on cold medication. McNabb's arrest shines a spotlight on the issue of repeat DUIs. "Anyone can have one DUI," said Helen Weigand, director of DUI services at Livengrin Foundation, a nonprofit addiction-recovery center based in Bensalem, who lost her 22-year-old daughter 20 years ago to a crash involving a drunken driver.
March 14, 2015 |
When a smug political machine sends dutiful functionaries to Harrisburg whose chief responsibilities are to back the party, vote as instructed when instructed, and collect a paycheck, it should come as no surprise when arrests occur. Democratic State Reps. Louise Bishop, Michelle Brownlee, Ronald Waters, and Vanessa Lowery Brown, all of Philadelphia, didn't have the decency to resign after The Inquirer reported in March 2014 that they had been recorded taking cash from an undercover informant in a sting conducted by the state Attorney General's Office.