Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 1 year, 1 month ago on Lance Scranton: A lesson from the trial of George Zimmerman

They BOTH got in over their heads, and needlessly so. Neither one of them was doing anything wrong.

Zimmerman should never have left his vehicle. The police arrived about 60 seconds after he fired the shot. Had he let the cops handle it, the kid would be alive & GZ wouldn't have a target on his back. But he decided to be a hero, and both he & Martin instinctively assumed the worst about each other. One is dead, and the other will probably need to wear a bullet proof vest for the next decade.

The jury ruled correctly. And Zimmerman is an idiot, regardless.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 1 month ago on Over a Cup of Coffee: 2 salads in 1

Yikes. That sounds hideous. If you want a nice summer meal, just google "gazpacho recipe".

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 1 month ago on City council to discuss recreational use of marijuana in Craig

If the voters green light recreational use, local approval remains at odds with federal law. The Obama Administration has made a lot of noise about going after those jurisdictions who issue a thumbs-up to recreational use. I'm not a user and don't really know where that stands. I'll just pop some corn and enjoy the show.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 1 month ago on Katie Grobe: We can find freedom in Christ

I've recently begun reading Andrew D. White's epic A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, published in 1896. What follows is the closing paragraph of the chapter I finished last night - seems appropriate here:

"The world is finding that the scientific revelation of creation is ever more and more in accordance with worthy conceptions of that great Power working in and through the universe. More and more it is seen that inspiration has never ceased, that its prophets and priests are not those who work to fit the letter of its older literature to the needs of dogmas and sects, but those, above all others, who patiently, fearlessly, and reverently devote themselves to the search for truth as truth, in the faith that there is a Power in the universe wise enough to make truth-seeking safe and good enough to make truth-telling useful."

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 1 month ago on Katie Grobe: We can find freedom in Christ

You're quite right, John - ignorance of history can often be often breathtaking.

"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other." ~ Thomas Jefferson: letter to Benjamin Rush 12 April 1803

Interestingly, I've just finished Stephen Abrose's excellent Lewis & Clark narrative, which spends a good deal of time on Jefferson's failure to reconcile his role as slave owner with his own Christianity:

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free."

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