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I am saddened by what happened in Paris but I won’t be changing my Facebook profile picture to the French flag

** This isn’t addressed to anyone specifically. This is purely observational thought. I wrote this with nobody but everybody in mind. 

I don’t do viral things on Facebook. When people did the ALS bucket challenge, I didn’t do it. When people changed their profile to a cartoon, I didn’t do it. When same-sex marriage was legalized, I didn’t do it.

Now everyone is changing their profile pictures to the French flag, I once again won’t do it.

I am not against being public on social media with my concerns, sadness, emotions over things. I just don’t do it like this.

The first thing that bothered me about it is that the feature to change it says it’s a “temporary” change. So is our mourning temporary? What kind of message are we sending? For us to care about the aftermath of this senseless violence is only a temporary thing.

The instant you welcome something like this, a tragedy, into your profile picture, you are sending a message that this thing is important to you. But once you change it back to the normal profile picture you had, does this not matter to you anymore? Is your own face without the French flag more important than sending the message that you care?

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Why are Christians wasting their time complaining about the Starbucks red Christmas cups?

OK, I just found out about this. Check out this summary of the nonsense in the tweet above.

First of all, I don’t drink coffee. I drink it occasionally but I never go to Starbucks because I want coffee. Never in my life have I ever desired to drink coffee. Most times when I do, I’m with people. I’m a social coffee drinker.

I am also Christian. I am a Christian who doesn’t care for coffee or what Starbucks does.

With that said, after reading the above story, I could not shake my head any more. If I did, I’d get whiplash. Is this really an issue? First of all, I didn’t even know Starbucks had seasonal themed holiday cups for Christmastime. I didn’t even know this was a big deal to people. Like if you showed me these cups, I wouldn’t even know they were supposed to mean something important.

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Clickbaiting made me miss the Ahmed Mohamed clock hoax bomb story when I first saw it

I hate clickbait articles on Facebook. I can’t stand reading links with headlines like “These two kids sat down to eat lunch, you won’t believe what happened next!” and the people who post them. This is so bad. I just ignore these things and I continue on with my Facebook feed with actual information that isn’t garbage.

So this morning when I saw this, I skimmed it thinking that it was nothing. Little did I know it was actual news that involved many important people, including the president.

But look at it. The photos are oddly placed like many clickbait photos. Then the headline, although subtle and to the point, was likely ignored by me all together. Look at that lede: “Ahmed Mohamed, 14, said he made a homemade clock to impress his teachers,…”

That is full on clickbait writing right there.

Maybe two years ago I would have clicked and read it. Now because of clickbaiting, anything that looks remotely like a garbage post gets ignored by me. Thanks to clickbaiting, I actually ignored some news because at this point, everything looks the same. Shame on you, clickbaiting!

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I can’t explain it and I don’t understand it but I get it

When I woke up to this news this morning, I was not in disbelief. I guess this is how desensitized I am to violence in this country.

I am saddened that this happened. I am saddened that the man who did this felt that he had to do it.

I am saddened to hear that he claims he was a victim of racism. I am saddened to hear that mentally, he felt that the only way to resolve that issue was to hurt people.

I don’t get it. I don’t understand why we treat each other this way. I don’t understand why and I can’t explain how. But I understand that in this world, especially this country, we have lost our way in how we treat each other. We mock those who are different and ignore those who don’t have what we have. And somehow in the middle, we thrive on so many good things too.

I don’t know what happened exactly, but the fact that this wasn’t a surprise to me shows how much we have made these things a norm. It’s a shame.

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#LoveWins is a good thing and I’m happy for it

It all started really early in the morning when I saw this tweet.

I thought to myself “That’s cool!”

But then I paused for a minute. Am I OK with this? Am I?

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‘The power of Twitter’: Tesco removes anti-homeless spikes but remains in hot water

Anti-homeless spikes? Shame on you! Stop treating homeless people you do pigeons.

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Missouri students block Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of Michael Sam


For The Win

On Saturday, the Westboro Baptist Church came to the University of Missouri’s game against Tennessee to protest football player Michael Sam’s announcement earlier this week that he is gay.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protest former Missouri Tiger and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam at the corner of Stadium Blvd. and Providence in Columbia. (Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports) Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protest former Missouri Tiger and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam at the corner of Stadium Blvd. and Providence in Columbia. (Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports)

Students at the university, many of them wearing “Stand with Sam” pins, formed a human wall to block off the extremist group.

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It’s just one of many shows of support that the student body has shown for the SEC Defensive Player of the Year since his announcement last Sunday.

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