God knows that the intersection of Olympic and Bundy in West LA is a nightmare for drivers during the evening commute. There are lots of reasons to think that maybe a major new hospital complex at that location is not a good idea. Since I drive past that point every day, I can understand the opposition.
But there is no excuse for the enormous lie that graces the cover of the mass mailer that went out today:
Anyone looking at this flyer would think that this huge campus was being dropped into the middle of a residential district, surrounded by a sea of houses with swimming pools and, no doubt, small children and pets who would all be at risk.
In fact it is a run-down commercial/light industrial area with a number of vacant and/or foreclosed properties, and no houses for quite some ways.
Shame on the “Fight Bundy Village” folks. As Congressman Weiner demonstrated, lies never help, especially when the truth will serve as well.
From ESPN.com comes the story of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope, who saved a 6-year-old boy from drowning in a swimming pool. The Chiefs’ backup tight end on Saturday saved the son of a longtime friend from drowning in his hometown of Americus, Ga. According to the boy’s mother, Pope was the only person at the party who knew how to swim. Pope jumped into the pool — wearing all of his clothes, “cell phone, wallet and everything” — and pulled her son, Bryson, from the water. The tight end would have been at camp but for the NFL lockout.
In January 2010 Palm Desert High School announced a fundraiser for parents of graduates and other parents and community members. For a donation of $100 or more, donors could purchase a brick or bench, engraved with a message, that would become a permanent part of the campus. The order form did not specify restrictions on the messages.
Two community members paid for bricks to be enscribed with Bible verses. Later the financially-strapped school district notified the two Christian women that their bricks were rejected, citing “separation of church and state.” In response the Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit on the women’s behalf. In the lawsuit the plaintiffs noted that other religious messages had been accepted, including a Bible verse in Spanish and a Hindu quote from Mahatma Ghandi.
Last week the parties reached a settlement in which the school district refunded all of the money and destroyed the bricks and benches. Although their goal was to participate in the fundraiser — not to stop it — the plaintiffs are being blamed as selfish and un-Christian by many in the community for the loss of the $45,000 that the school district returned to the donors.
The ADF attorney said regarding the settlement, “Christians should be allowed to express themselves on public school campuses just like everyone else. It is cowardly to shut down everyone’s participation in this program simply out of animosity toward Christian speech. There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about a Bible verse on a brick when a school opens up a program for anyone to express a personal message. The school could simply have allowed the Bible verses, but instead, it chose to punish everyone.”
Just this morning, via Popehat, I learned of the passing of Joel Rosenberg.
I first got to know Joel – as much as anyone can be said to know someone via internet interaction – back in 2007. While we certainly disagreed in that instance, I knew right then that I liked the guy.
Flash forward a number of years, and lo do we learn of Joel standing up for his rights again the jack-booted thugs of the Minneapolis Police Department.
An impressive man in all senses of the word.
I’ll be picking up his books soon, as I feel some certain amount of shame for never having read them before.