Archive - 2010
The football seasons for both boys started on Saturday: the second year of tackle football for Elliot and the first year of flag football for Finn.
Elliot had an 8:30 game. He’s playing running back this year and is #22. His team (The Hurricanes) played well. There was only one play that the defense consistently had trouble stopping (an end-around by a big, fast kid), and that’s how they gave up their only score. The offense moved the ball well but had a bad case of fumble-itis. That led to 3 turnovers and a bunch of wasted plays. Elliot’s first run was stuffed in the backfield. His second run was a poor pitch that he fumbled. After that he had 4 or 5 decent runs for positive yardage. Towards the end of the game someone’s helmet hit his thumb after he was tackled and sprained it. He sat out the rest of the game and was sore for several days afterward. The final was a 6 to 0 loss.
Finn’s game was at noon. He had several nice tackles on defense. He was quarterback and running back for one play each. He made a nice cut on his run and nearly broke it for a TD. It ended up being just a nice gain because he stopped and let the other defenders catch up when it felt like someone had pulled his flag (but it actually didn’t get pulled until he stopped). I told that in the future he should keep running toward the goal line until he hears the whistle (and worry about the flag).
Here are some photos and videos from both games.
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I just found out that Lisa's first cousin Jonathan Birdwell was recently on Canadian TV on a panel discussing:
...how can you grow up in middle class Canada, and yet become so radicalized that you to turn to terrorism?
The discussion was prompted by the recent arrests of three men in Canada who were charged with conspiracy to facilitate a terrorist activity (link):
Three Ontario men accused of taking part in a domestic terrorist plot and possessing plans and materials to create makeshift bombs had allegedly selected specific targets in Canada, sources told CBC News.
The suspects are alleged to have discussed attacks on specific government buildings and city public transit systems, security sources told CBC News.
But none of the targets was in the United States, sources said.
Misbahuddin Ahmed, 26, and Hiva Alizadeh, 30, both of Ottawa, and 28-year-old Khurram Sher, of London, Ont., have all been charged with conspiracy to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity.
Here is the video of the discussion:
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for ‘revenge is mine,’ says the Lord…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
The Apostle Paul, Romans 12
I was thinking along the same lines yesterday while reading a guest column on WaPo's On Faith site by a fellow Lipscomb graduate: "Terry Jones is not the enemy." In the column, David French laments the fact that the public has been distracted from its focus on our "real enemy" by Terry Jones' "stupid and senseless" Qur'an-burning stunt:
Terry Jones wasn't burning Qur'ans on September 10, 2001. He wasn't burning Qur'ans when the "Blind Sheik" plotted the first World Trade Center bombing or when Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland. Our enemies don't need Terry Jones to hate us or to recruit thousands of suicide bombers and tens of thousands of jihadists. So on this week of remembrance, let's take the cameras off the crank from Florida and put them instead on the yawning gap in the New York skyline and on the soldiers who fight to make sure the enemy can never strike again.
The media has made Terry Jones. The media can unmake him. And they should - after all, there's a real enemy out there to challenge, to shame, and to defeat.
As I read those sentences, one of the thoughts that came to my mind was what was conspicuously missing from that list of things we should do to our enemy: love them.
I wouldn't claim that I know how to love Al-Qaeda, but I have no doubt that loving them is what Christians are called to do. This highlights to me the difficulty of consistently following both the way of nationalism and the way of Christ. Frankly, I don't know how a nation can simultaneously resist evil and follow Christ's radical command to not resist an evil person or follow the example of early Christians who submitted to painful death rather than take up weapons of earthly violence to resist persecution by the Roman empire. This is why the concept of a "Christian nation" almost seems like an oxymoron or sorts. Even if we focus only on the actions of an individual Christian, I'm too confused about how one consistently marries citizenship in earthly kingdoms with citizenship in the heavenly one to advise anyone about what they should or shouldn't do in matters like these of national defense, responding to Al-Qaeda, etc.
On a related subject, this past week I was annoyed by the admonitions to "Support the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack" by adding a little red 9/11 tag on the corner of your twitter avatar. To me, that seemed like a lousy way to actually support the victims of 9/11. I decided to google a way to help provide financial support to 9/11 victims. I was surprised to find that I couldn't easily find such an option. I learned that there was a fund created by Congress that provided compensation to victims that agreed not to sue the airlines. There was also a September 11th Fund that raised and distributed > $500 million before it concluded in 2004. I didn't find much else. The few other organizations I found (link,link,link) seemed to be more about education and remembrance but not so much about actual support of victims.
This caused me to wonder: do the victims of 9/11 still need our support? If so, why isn't there an easy way to do so that is more direct and more impactful than the superficial changing of a twitter avatar?