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By Angelo Lopez on April 28, 2013

When I heard about the Boston Marathon bombings I was shocked and saddened at the suffering of the victims of the bombing. Americans came together to help the victims of the bombings get medical attention, shelter, food and monetary donations. One of the sad things, though, is the use of this event by a small group of people to blame all Muslims for the actions of two extremists. On April 15, 2013, Max Fisher wrote about the the Muslim world condemning the Boston Marathon bombings and the sense of dread that they held about the potential Islamophobic response as a result of the bombing. One has to be reminded of the decades of work of Christians, Jews and Muslims to reach out to each other and overcome a history of hostility to try to gain a new understanding and gain a greater respect for each other. One of the seminal events in the history of interfaith relationship between Christians, Jews and Muslims was the release of the document Nostra Aetate in 1965.

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By Diane Wahto on April 14, 2013

Wichita, Kansas—In March, PBS ran a documentary series on the women’s movement in America. As I watched, I saw that women had joined together in a movement that changed their lives, even the lives of those not directly involved in the movement, all over the country. My thoughts turned to the early 1990s, when Operation Rescue first came to Wichita to mount its weeks-long protest at the three abortion clinics here. I had moved to Wichita in 1985 and wasn’t involved in the local groups that worked for women’s rights in the state and around the country. I soon joined Wichita NOW, though, as it seemed to be a strong force against the OR tactics. I also joined with those who counter-demonstrated against Randall Terry’s mob of anti-choice extremists who brought chaos to the streets of Wichita and cost the city more than $600,000 in taxpayer money before they left town.

After the outsiders left Wichita, local anti-choice extremists continued the harassment at the clinics, so many of us continued doing clinic support wherever we were needed. What came out of that period for me was not just the satisfaction of giving moral support to patients seeking to exercise their rights, but also the bonding that took place among the women who felt strongly about protecting those rights. I made many close friends during that time, most of whom I’m still close to today. Among those friends were men, as well, men who believed women had the right to control their own bodies. However, it was the women joining together that made me realize a sea change had taken place in America and in Wichita. Women were in charge of seeing to it that their rights were protected.

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By Angelo Lopez on April 9, 2013

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