My Picks for Monday 3-28-2016

This is the stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

Maybe it’s because this was in Pakistan and not Paris or Brussels, or maybe it was because the target was Christians and not random western civilians, but this savage attack merited only about 10 seconds on today’s Good Morning America. I don’t know if there has been other coverage, but I haven’t seen it if there was. Here are 2 articles about it…

Suicide bomber targeting Christians kills 65 in Pakistan parkMubasher Bukhari and Mehreen Zahra-Malik
A man uses his mobile phone as he stands next to bodies covered in sheets at the site of a blast, outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
“The target was Christians,” a spokesman for the faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said. “We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore.”

“He can do what he wants but he won’t be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.”

Suicide Bomber Kills 65 as Taliban Targets Christians Celebrating Easter at Pakistan Children’s Park
Morgan Lee and Jeremy Weber
“The Taliban-linked attack in Lahore comes one year after two suicide bombers targeted Lenten services in the city’s largest Christian neighborhood. While the final death toll of Christians and non-Christians remains to be tallied, today’s attack will likely be the deadliest assault on Pakistan’s Christian minority since the symbolic bombing of Peshawar’s All Saints Church in 2013.”

Ignore Your Friends and Listen to Your Enemies
Steven McCurdy
Picture“We find ourselves in a situation where it is easier than ever to get detailed information about other people’s beliefs without the usual propaganda. We can understand other views without resorting to straw men arguments based on ideologies taken to the extreme. Why aren’t we taking the time to fully appreciate and learn from other cultures and beliefs?

Take the time to understand everyone’s story. We can all learn from listening to anyone if we give them the opportunity. Please don’t listen to their stories as told by our culture leaders because that is bound to produce discrepancies. Listen to the stories as told by the people who have actually lived them. Get to know what people actually believe, and better yet, get to know why people believe it.

Now, this doesn’t mean that we always have to agree with differing views. This isn’t a call to operate in some hyper post modern, relativistic and syncretistic wasteland. In fact, listening to a variety of people will probably frustrate and could even anger you (as it probably should sometimes), but, at other times, it will also enlighten and convict you. It may point out your own bias and you may grow on your path to absolute truth.”

In order to survive, the Republican Party will require extensive self-examination followed by some major rebuilding, reorienting and clarification of purpose. This excellent article explains well what is happening…

The Two Republican PartiesKevin D. Williamson“Jonah Goldberg argues persuasively that no matter what happens with Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations, his campaign spells the end of the Republican party as we know it, the GOP’s two main camps disunited by Trump’s illiterate populism. Divorce indeed seems imminent, which suggests another question: What ever kept them together in the first place? There are policy fissures, class fissures, and social fissures in the Republican party, but the fundamental divide is one of mood: Aspiration Republican vs. Resentment Republicans…”
Source: Bizarro

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