Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 5.23.2014

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Here are five awesome things I read this week, and you should read them too!

  1. One of The Atlantic’s feature stories, The Case for Reparations, is legitimately one of the most awesome things I have read this year.  It was written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and you should check it out.
  2. Modest is Hottest?  by Sarah Moon for No Shame Movement.
  3. This Slate piece has been making the rounds on social media so you may have already seen it, but if not it’s an interesting take on racism in the younger generations.
  4. In Southern Baptist Convention news updates (I know you are pumped to read something beginning with that introductory clause), a Muslim student has completed his first year of Ph.D work at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and people think that is weird.  Because it is weird.  The interesting part of this conversation, though, is this challenge that Seminary President Patterson’s defense of this decision shows that he (and/or his institution) values moral and social issue alignment (i.e. on women’s rights, homosexuality and marriage equality, abortion rights, etc.) over faith alignment (i.e. other Christians who have different positions on social issues than those espoused by the SBC).
  5. Finally, we’ve got this article at The Huffington Post that repeats the often-published truth that it is cheaper to provide homeless persons with housing than to continue treating their emergent needs through ER visits and prison stays.  If you don’t know this already, you’re about ten years late to the party, but it is definitely worth repeating.

As an honorable mention, I was watching celebrities read mean tweets (Jimmy Kimmel) and it was cracking me up.  So check this out if you need something funny to start your weekend right.

Okay, that’s it!  What awesome things did you read this week?  Share in the comments or link us up on twitter. 

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