Devil's Playground

When we make lists of religions active in the world we often neglect the Amish, unless we are making some sort of joke or otherwise having a laugh at their expense. Regarded with suspicion over their failure to embrace certain aspects of modern technology yet sometimes respected for their connection to life and family, the Amish embody a certain type of "turning away" from the world. In fact, they go so far as to pressure their children to drop out of school at the end of the eighth grade, because they feel that education leads to pridefulness.

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Dark Days

Once upon a time, there was a man named Marc Singer who heard a story about a group of homeless people living in an abandoned railway tunnel beneath the streets of New York City. After visiting several tunnels, he finally found an eclectic and capable group of homeless who were building a veritable village in a tunnel near Penn Station. After spending some time with them, he became a solid friend, and at some point one of the residents remarked that someone should make a movie out of their situation.

Berkeley in the Sixties

In a time in which we have a tendency to feel disenfranchised and powerless, we would all do well to remember the lessons of the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s. The motivated students of UCB created a feeling of empowerment in the student body that had important positive repercussions not only for the freedom of speech, but also the equal rights and women's rights movements.

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