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He Makes The Best Pro-Life Argument I've Heard In A Long Time

This video focuses on a particular conflict in a particular part of the world (and one that seems to have cooled off for a bit?), but the message is true of every conflict, everywhere in the world.Like my mom used to say, "I don't care who started it. You finish it."

He Makes The Best Pro-Life Argument I've Heard In A Long Time

Sometimes the simplest message is the most profound. But if sharing it with others starts a discussion instead of thoughtfully ending it, here are some other references to have handy about this particular area:

Brush up on history, but keep it recent.


Many a family argument starts by rehashing ancient grudges, and zero have been ended that way. Think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the same way. Try to keep your conversation points recent and relevant. The violence earlier this year was the worst seen in the region since 2009. There's a lot to untangle to understand what happened, but it started with the murder of three young Israeli men in the West Bank. Shortly after, a Palestinian boy was murdered by six Israelis "in an act of revenge." Violence against children was central to the latest hostilities.

Find the human angle.

Sometimes it's hard to talk about conflict in scale. It can help to ground your conversations with more personal narratives that talk about Israelis and Palestinians as people and communities, who live in real places. It's really hard to have a satisfying conversation that centers on faceless politicized or religious entities. Especially when it's about a place many people have only imagined through biblical stories. So keep your convo close to those children discussed in the video above and other folks that you and others can relate to.

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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