Howard Bryant, a senior writer for ESPN.com, has written a masterful piece on retired NFL coach Tony Dungy’s post-coaching days. An excerpt:
In his first year outside the NFL since the early 1980s, Dungy is a unique and powerful figure. He has developed an enormous broadcast profile while emerging as a confidant of NFL owners, coaches and the commissioner himself. He is a connected insider, yet strives to maintain a special rapport and credibility with the country’s disadvantaged.”
Bryant probes into Dungy’s rehabilitative efforts with Michael Vick, LeGarrette Blunt, as well as lack thereof for former wide receiver Marvin Harrison.
Being a pastor zealous for the truth, I can’t help but mention that Bryant makes a minor theological misstatement in the story. See if you can find it.
“Mugged by Ultrasound: Why So Many Abortion Workers Have Turned Pro-Life”,by David Daleiden and Jon Shields, is a gut-wrenching, disturbing, graphic account of the emotional trauma abortion wrecks on those who perform them. For example, in 2008, Dr. Lisa Harris explained what happened while she, 18-weeks pregnant at the time, performed an abortion on an 18-week-old fetus. She felt her own baby kick at the same time she ripped off a fetal leg with her forceps. This prompted a visceral response.
Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes—without me—meaning my conscious brain—even being aware of what was going on. I felt as if my response had come entirely from my body, bypassing my usual cognitive processing completely. A message seemed to travel from my hand and my uterus to my tear ducts. It was an overwhelming feeling—a brutally visceral response—heartfelt and unmediated by my training or my feminist pro-choice politics. It was one of the more raw moments in my life.
No one saw it coming. In fact, a Republican victory for the open U.S. Senate seat was no where on the radar. Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states in our union. The seat was filled by Edward Kennedy for 47 years. But last night, the seemingly impossible occurred: a Republican, Scott Brown, was elected.
There is no doubt Scott Brown ran a good campaign. But ultimately, he won the seat because of what the national Democrat leaders were doing in Washington. His opponent, Coakley, held an overwhelming lead just over a month ago. But 2 key events in Washington sunk her bid at winning the seat vacated by Kennedy:
“…by the content of their character.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a nation we have blessedly moved beyond judging people by the color of their skin. We elected a man of color as President of our country.
But as a nation we have also tragically forgotten the last half of Dr. King’s great sentence. We now consider it a high crime to judge someone by their character/behavior. Now we prohibit all forms of judging others, so is it any wonder our nation is in the mess it’s in?