Whew. Brutal racial violence. Confederate flags. The Affordable Care Act. Marriage Equality.
It's been a huge week.
Here are some posts you might've missed from MormonPress:
In The Field is Ripe, Crystal Young-Otterstrom discusses the letter that is to be read this Sunday in wards across the country, and offers some compelling thoughts on the great opportunity this provides:
I won’t judge anyone who chooses to stay home or leaves church early in order to avoid this dialogue. I also won’t judge anyone who stays at church but keeps their mouth shut in frustration or checks out via Facebook. But. Imagine the power if we don’t. Imagine the impact if we speak up. . . . What if we filled the pews with our love?
After All That We Can Do contains Aaron Nelson's stirring thoughts on President Obama's eulogy for Reverend Pinckney:
For Mormons faith is a verb. God has done all that He can do through grace, and now it’s up to us to do all that we can do. Taking down the flag requires action, but even more importantly changing the way our country, state, and church addresses poverty, racial injustice, and the vestiges of America’s original sin of slavery will take work. It’s a work we Mormons should be willing to roll up our sleeves and do.
Alex Getts' post A Thought on Reactions to the SCOTUS Ruling draws from the Dr. Seuss classic story of Sneetches to discuss civility:
No matter where we stand on the issues, it’s important to remember that we're all humans. None of us is above the other because of our faith, social status, gender, orientation, or access to healthcare. We're all flesh and blood — one human family. Even in our disagreements with each other, especially over issues as monumental as this, it’s important to treat one another with respect.
In Why I'm Celebrating the Supreme Court's Decision, Chris Balmanno also comments on the Supreme Court's marriage ruling:
To my religious friends who see this as a major defeat to morality in our country I’ll say this: today’s decision isn’t about belief, religious freedom, or morality. You (and I) are still allowed to believe whatever your conscience allows. My marriage is in no way invalidated because of this ruling.
Kyle Waters' does an excellent job explaining the details of the four "Obamacare" rulings in Notes On the Affordable Care Act Rulings:
The supreme court has issued a fourth major ruling on the Affordable Care Act, A.K.A. Obamacare. Today I want to explain what each of those major ruling was about, where those ruling leave us today, and what action we can take in relation to those rulings.
In The Next Battle Paul Gibbs also discusses the health care rulings, an issue near and dear to his heart:
But, while this is an enormous victory for the ACA and for the millions getting insurance through it, by no stretch of the imagination is it over. . . . The SCOTUS ruling makes repeal and replacement even less likely than ever before. But other obstructions are a much bigger threat, and the people hurt most by them are the people most in need of help. The biggest of these obstructions is several states' refusal to enact Medicaid expansion.
Rob Taber adds his thoughts on the importance of symbols, in Why the Confederate Flag Must Go:
The Confederate battle flag must be removed from statehouses not because, as some politicians would have it, it's "offensive to some people." It must be removed because secession was the worst kind of treason--a cowardly fleeing of the Union to preserve the oppression of millions. It was revived to continue the oppression of millions. The "Lost Cause" was a cause that was morally lost. Its symbol must go.
And finally, Aaron White gives us a timely reminder in Three Great Reasons to Eat Less Meat that meat is good . . . in moderation:
When we think of a holiday, we often think of the foods that accompany them: Thanksgiving and turkeys, Christmas and roasts, Memorial Day and barbecues. With the 4th of July this week, grocery stores across the nation are rapidly stocking hamburgers and hot dogs to meet the demand. Nonetheless, there are three important reasons why you should consider significantly cutting back your meat consumption, now.