#RacismIsAVirus

Left: My life-sized poster of Houston Rockets legend Yao Ming, whose home country of China is the land of my ancestors, whose names are known going back to the 11th century.

Right: The American flag to which I lead my 2nd period Geometry-Honors class in a pledge of allegiance, every day, Monday through Friday, when school is in session.

And BTW, calling it the “Pledge to the Flag” is a misnomer. I remind my students that it’s much less a pledge to a symbol and much more a pledge of loyalty to the Republic for which it stands. That means it’s my solemn promise to the people of our one nation, from those standing next to me to those orbiting Earth in the ISS, that I will fight for unity against division, and for freedom from injustice, for everyone.

Please join me and my friend, the amazing New York-based actress Diane Phelan, in the #RacismIsAVirus campaign!

Why I’m Voting for Amy Klobuchar

I’m about to cast my first ever vote in a Democratic presidential primary! It’s actually not my first time voting in a Democratic primary; Texas’ open primary system gave me the chance to do that back in the day. But having been a “No Party Preference” voter for my many years in Cali, proudly independent and somewhat wary of political parties, I’d never taken the chance to cast a Democratic presidential primary ballot.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for President!

I’m with KG!

That’s KG as in Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Of the multitude of candidates hoping to take on the current president in the 2020 election, she’s got my support. Here’s why.

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No One Captures My Feelings About Kavanaugh Better than This Man

It’s rare that I ever just share someone else’s content on this blog. I’m doing it here because Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware captures my feelings about the Kavanaugh nomination so precisely and, in his understated manner of delivery, so powerfully. My tears began just moments into his speech; by the end of it, I was sobbing.

What You Probably Don’t Know About John McCain

Sometime in the next few days, longtime Arizona Senator John McCain will say the last of his good-byes to his family, friends, and fellow Americans. As that sad moment comes and goes, we’ll be hearing many more praises and critiques of his life and career. I’d just like to mention two significant things about him that might get overlooked in all the news coverage. Ironically, they should be among the parts of his life that get the most mention, because they illuminate qualities that most of us will want in our next president, particularly in contrast with our current one.

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This Administration Lies in Jesus’ Name

From the D.C. Families Belong Together march. (Photo: Holly Chuang)

Allow me to put my four-year master’s degree in theology and my twelve-plus years of full-time pastoral service to some use.

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Where Have You Gone, Justice Kennedy?

I trust that I’m not the only one who feels as if forces much larger than us and way beyond our control are pulling our country further into darkness, and, I would say, further into sin. I don’t believe that the U.S. has ever been a “Christian country” – a nation born and expanded by genocide and ethnic cleansing, dependent on slave labor for its prosperity, could never be “Christian” – but it sure feels as if whatever goodness our society still possesses is slipping away.

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