Category Archives: Commentary

A Declaration of Human Obligations and Rights

“The source of human rights is the endowment of qualities, virtues and powers which God has bestowed upon mankind without discrimination of sex, race, creed or nationality. To fulfill the possibilities of this divine endowment is the purpose of human existence,” begins a Baha’i statement presented to the first session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights at Lake Success, NY in February 1947. Continue reading A Declaration of Human Obligations and Rights

Republicans and Tax Cuts

Contrary to the contention that Republicans have no national policy is their one consistent policy—tax cuts. They continued that policy under Trump despite the fact we are in what many call a second Gilded Age.

The first Gilded Age occurred around the last 30 years or so of the 19th Century. It was a time of ostentatious wealth and blatant political corruption. Wealth became concentrated at the top, and apparently, it “bought” politicians. Continue reading Republicans and Tax Cuts

Possibilities

by Katie Adams,
Policy Advocate for Domestic Issue

Last year I wrote my Witness for Justice column as the world shut down. I remember struggling to write about celebrating the empty tomb and singing Alleluias in a world that reflected back not joy but sorrow. I was reminded then of why we choose faith over and over, often when it seems hopeless. Those tendrils of faith anchored and held me fast through the chaos of the year. Now, as a miraculously quick vaccine rolls out to many, we can see the possibility of a world beyond the pandemic. Continue reading Possibilities

This Is Not Normal

On April 8 President Biden announced a series of executive actions to curb America’s gun violence epidemic that kills a child or teen every 2 hours and 36 minutes in our nation. These are critical lifesaving reforms and more must follow. Vice President Harris correctly said during the administration’s announcement, “Time and again, as progress has stalled, we have all asked, ‘What are we waiting for?’ Because we aren’t waiting for a tragedy; I know that. We’ve had more tragedy than we can bear.” As our nation continues to allow more and more guns than people—over 393 million in civilian hands and only 5.5 million in law enforcement and military hands—the tragic loss of life and heartbreak never ends. It must!! Continue reading This Is Not Normal

To everything there is a season

How familiar are most of us with the first verse of the 3rd chapter of Eclesiastes in the Holy Bible that begins, “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted…”

The Spring season has always been synonymous with the time to plant vegetation and whatever we plant, that shall we also reap-unless unfavorable weather or other unforeseen obstacles prevent it. Unfortunately this subsequent succession also follows with other seeds planted in the sands of time if we but observe the early harvest of past seeds sewn. Continue reading To everything there is a season