An Open Letter to my Christian Friends. Your Silence is Getting Louder

“Your silence as a believer is tacit support.”

Friend,

I have a question for you. I hope our years together in the faith would bring you to honour me with considering this plain question… although it may make you uncomfortable. I am deeply troubled by the diseased state of Christianity right now, I’m hoping that you can illuminate how it got here.

Tell me if there is any validity to this perspective that I hold: radical religiosity is dangerous. It leads to all sorts of harmful events from the Crusades to 9/11. But extremism is only half-fueled by radical/violent belief… the other half comes from moderates standing by and feeding the flames with their silence.

The rise of Donald Trump is particularly on the shoulders of the Christians, and despite scandal after inept scandal, the unshakable support of the church allows him to cling to power. As the impeachment process grinds on via a mountain of evidence, I ask you: Why have you remained silent? 

Are you one of those in the room, quietly bowing your head? Or would you speak up against this heresy?
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30 Years Ago We Celebrated the Berlin Wall Coming Down. Today We Tolerate a Culture that Wants to Put One Up

I keep my piece of the Berlin Wall on my nightstand. 

My partner was born on a British military base near Berlin and was there when the wall came down; she was just over 2 years old. She remembers being on her dad’s shoulders, striking the wall with a hammer. Her family honoured me by giving me the humble piece I have today.

I keep it close as a reminder that division, in the name of ideology, is overcome by enlightened minds and their conviction that united, we’re better off. 

30 years ago we celebrated the wall coming down, today it is stunning that we tolerate a culture that thinks building new walls is the solution. 

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The irony here that Ronny, a republican, is lauded for breaking down the wall is just so brutal…
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I stand with the Kurds. I stand for Peace.

When arriving in a new country whilst traveling alone, the most vulnerable moment is always between the airport and the hostel: you have all your gear, you don’t know the transportation system, and you don’t know the language. On the bus ride to Istanbul, Turkey from the airport, I was comforted to find another English speaker, a local, sitting next to me. 

I struck up a conversation on the state of Turkey and Islam. He had some colourful things to say about the Salafis, among other topics pertinent to the Middle East… it wasn’t long before I found out my new friend is Kurdish. 

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Kai’s bday blog: The ramblings of an asian man at the end of his 30s

Greetings friend, thanks for having a read.

Hitting the midpoint of my life has led me to reflect on what it all means and what’s valuable for the next chapter. I hope you can relate with my bouts with ambition, ego, idealism and mediocrity.

I suppose I’m giving my insecurity about aging an uppercut to the scrotum by laying it all out on the internet, so here we go!

Over the past 20 years of being a ‘grown up’, I’ve encountered my share of trials and tribulations that have helped me to realise what I find meaningful (and what I should focus on) for the remainder of my life. 

Baby Kai way more hair than 40-year-old Kai
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Do something. Give a damn. [A Call to Action and a Concrete Way to Fight Gun Violence]

White nationalist terrorism is on the rise, what side of history will you be on? Will you stand up and fight, or will sit down and make it someone else’s problem?

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Christians Against Christian Nationalism

A new campaign by interfaith Christian leaders, signed by thousands, condemns the unholy marriage between Christianity and Nationalism. Will mainstream Christians join the call?

Hasn’t it always seemed outrageously hypocritical that a faith built on ‘loving thy neighbour’ loudly marginalises specific groups of our community? That a religion built on the image of a man who preached inclusivity, love and forgiveness seems so ready to ignore the plight of neighbours seeking refuge?

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Being told to “Go Back to Where You Came From” is more than just racism

Somewhere in the early 90s, a preteen version of me sits with my big brother at a pizza restaurant in our hometown of Fremont, California. The place is empty, and as we enjoy a slice, a man in his 20s or 30s approaches our table and asks for change.

Young and meek, I looked to my brother, hoping he would take the lead. 

“No, we don’t have any,” my brother replied. Intimidated by the situation, I didn’t look up.

As the man stalked out of the restaurant, he yelled, “Why don’t you go back to your own country!”

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Post Mueller Report: The Question We NEED to Ask (that no one is asking)

I don’t like writing about Trump. He’s not the problem. Although I’m criticizing him, just me talking about him strokes his ego and indirectly earns him a win. But, post Mueller Report, there is something so deeply alarming about his behavior that we as Americans MUST ask…

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3 things you can do this Christmas to help humanity in a valuable, substantive way. From your phone. While you sit there. Watching Christmas Movies. Comatose.

Christmas=doing something good. And if you’re like me, you ain’t got time to do good; you need 99.9% of your time and energy just to keep the duct tape from flying off the thing. So how the eff are you supposed to do good when the world is bleeding and so deeply in need of help? I’m just putting 3 things on this list because, again, who’s got time to read a damn 19 point list? I’m also saving you time by cutting this intro short. Let’s do this.

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George H. W. Bush would lose badly and early in the 2020 primary, this fact should give us pause.

There was a time in my life where I felt that the biggest existential problem to the US was a man like him. I now long for those days. George H Bush was a patriot. I disagree with the man but I have never doubted that he put his country first in nearly every decision he made. I have no doubt that the man in the white house now in 2018 has only his own interest in mind for every decision he makes (if anyone out there disagrees with this please DM me, I am genuinely curious ahow one would defend this).

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