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“Hats are Back in Fashion”

After the loss of his son, milliner Marcus started creating hats as a way of coping. This therapy process later tuned into the go-to hat shop that many Brooklynites patron. Every hat is personally made by the milliner himself inside. Malchijah Hats is located in the heart of Fort Green, Brooklyn. The shop is always filled with neighborhood kids doing their homework, or random art folks straggling in from the art galleries across the street. What I love most about Malchijah Hats is it’s fondness for the church culture of hats as well as the everyday funky hats that can be found there. 

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Afghanistan is a mountainous country, but scaling the peaks for sport is a new concept here. Mountaineering is considered an odd pastime for men, let alone women whose modesty Afghan society demands be protected at any cost – even death.

But there are enthusiasts. Zahra Karimi Nooristani and her sisters have inspired Marina Kielpinski LeGree to aim to create a crop of Afghan heroines passionate about improving their country and who inspire other women here to break barriers. 

LeGree, a 36-year-old resident of Norfolk, Va., who has spent years shepherding development projects in northeastern Afghanistan, directs a non-profit called Ascend that funds and organizes not only the training, but leadership classes for the Nooristani sisters and a handful of other Afghan girls recruited to be mountain climbers.

The Ascent Of Afghan Women

Photos: Sandra Calligaro for NPR


Phil Robertson Condemns Atheists

Sure, atheists may think of themselves as a moral person, but moral according to what?  There are atheists that are as moral as Christians, but by what standard are they acting morally?  And their perceptions of morality can change.  God’s commandments haven’t.  And remember, what’s okay for one atheist, may not be for another.

As far as Christians go, you’re going to have some Christians who think something is okay when it is not, but the bottom line is that we have a standard to go by.  That doesn’t change.  And that standard is what protects the balance of freedom between people.  Some people choose to interpret the instructions selfishly and justify their actions by assuming that ‘the Lord will condone this’ or ‘only God can judge me,’ etc.  Again, this violates the Commandment to not take God’s name in vain.  The Commandment of God is what protects the balance of freedom between people.

Unfortunately, selfish people only see it as ‘us Christians want to impose our beliefs onto them’ - that we’re trying to impose a theocracy.  Just because they can’t do what they want which comes at the forced expense of someone else’s rights.  They don’t care that what they want infringes on another person’s rights.  They only see it as someone else is being mean to them because they can’t do whatever it is they want to do.

I’m not attempting to get preachy with this post, I just thought Zo did a great job of explaining the concept and origin of morality.  

I’ve had this philosophical conversation before, but morality is a set of principles and values that are taught and which must be held accountable.  You can be a moral atheist, as he said in the video, but whether you like it or not, those morals most likely had a Judeo-Christian origin.  Also, your morality must be held to an account by something more powerful than yourself - this cannot be government, because government is comprised of fallible men.  For the same reason, you cannot be held accountable by society.  You cannot be accountable even to yourself because you are also corruptible to your own selfish will and desire.  So, who are you accountable to then?  It is a very onerous personal question to ask one’s self. 

I honestly believe the further people or a society as a collective push themselves away from our predominant Judeo-Christian values, the less morality will exist.  This is how cultures fall.

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