I don’t think I’ve ever watched an inauguration before.  If I did, I have no memory of doing so.

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Every time I hear about violence escalating between Israel and the Palestinians I’m saddened, but not surprised.  There is a cycle of violence there that’s going to be very hard to break.  There has been so much harm done there by both sides that it is hard to see how that cycle can be broken.  Conditions for the Palestinians are so bad, imprisoned in a refugee camp that has been ongoing for well over 50 years, that it seems many people there just want to reach out and hurt someone in Israel.  It doesn’t seem to matter who.  For the Israelis, living with the constant threat of ongoing terror attack, they just want the problem stopped.  So they go after the people doing this to them with overwhelming force.  Who go after them in retaliation the only way they can.  And the cycle continues.

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Hey, nobody asked me.  But it seems crazy to allow folks to sue good samaritans acting in good faith.  Often, we’re talking life and death decisions that have to be made in the blink of an eye.  And sure, mistakes will be made.  But I would rather have someone helping me in my need than leaving me waiting for the arrival of some professional when my life was on the line.  Jesus invites us to make and care for our neighbors as we see them in need.  And it makes sense to me that we would follow his invitation, and be the one to help our neighbor in need.