Late February brought the sad news that Josh Hamilton of the Angels may have had a relapse in his fight against alcohol and drug abuse.
Hamilton’s story arc—from first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft, to being out of the game because of drug and alcohol addiction, to recovery and a spectacular comeback—has inspired many people, including many Christians. Hamilton credited his faith in Christ with helping him overcome his demons and finally fulfill his enormous potential.
I don’t know Hamilton, or even anyone who knows Hamilton, but I know a thing or 75 about personal demons and patterns of sin. I suspect that among the many things going through Hamilton’s mind is the idea that he has let a lot of people down, many of whom he has never even met. READ FULL ARTICLE »
The Washington Post has an excellent article about Free Minds, a book club for young DC Jail inmates, and how it's helping them break free of the cycle of crime and imprisonment. More information is available here!
Most everyone has probably read Jon Ronson's outstanding essay in the New York Times (posted on RE:news recently) about the cyber-flogging of Justine Sacco, a former public relations director at IAC (the company behind OKCupid and Vimeo). Emphasis on "former." Back in 2013, Sacco, who had only 170 followers on Twitter, boarded a plane for an international flight to Cape Town, South Africa, to visit family. Being a snarky sort prone to ill-considered jokes (believe me, I can sympathize), as well as a liberal, she tweeted a quick barb about white privilege: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"
Eleven hours later, as Sacco's plane landed and she turned on her phone, she found out what everyone else in the Twittersphere already knew: Her career and public image were in ashes, burned to the ground by a social media mob tens of thousands strong.
Sacco is just one of many people Ronson interviewed who have experienced this brutal public shaming. What is it about the Internet that causes us to treat each other with such brutality--to take such pleasure in ruining the lives of people we've never met?
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Click here at 12:40 p.m. Eastern to watch a webcast of Marvin Olasky of WORLD interviewing our own John Stonestreet! The interview is part of Patrick Henry College's Newsmakers Interview Series.READ FULL ARTICLE »