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A 13-year-old explains the religion behind marriage equality. My head now hurts from nodding along.

Duncan McAlpine Sennett, the 13-year-old in this video, gave the traditional religious speech — I've learned this is called a d'var Torah — at his bar mitzvah. I've also learned that the purpose of the d'var Torah is to relate biblical text to the person's life and passions. Well, Duncan's life and passions inspire me and give me hope. How about you?

A 13-year-old explains the religion behind marriage equality. My head now hurts from nodding along.

I think Duncan is pretty awesome. And like him, I also think it would be great to see Oregon get on board the marriage equality train. If you agree, you can share by hitting the the Facebook and Twitter buttons below.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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