links: this went thru my mind (on violence)

V-for-violenceCruel & unusual punishment, injustice & the penal system in the U.S.: Serving Life for This?

“… nonviolent offenders serving life sentences without the possibility of parole …”

Gun violence & movies: Movies Rated PG-13 Feature The Most Gun Violence [required reading]

“Parents who rely on movie ratings to decide what their children can watch may think that PG-13 films have fewer villains flashing guns than R-rated movies. But they’re wrong. The PG-13 movies actually show more gun violence, a study finds. …

“[Researchers] found that the amount of violence in films has more than doubled since 1950 … From 1985 to 2012, the amount of gun-related violence in R-rated movies stayed pretty much the same, and the amount for those rated G or PG actually dropped. It was the PG-13 movies, which are typically the big summer blockbusters, that saw a huge surge in gun violence. The study was published online in the journal Pediatrics.”

Martin of Tours: Feasting Martin of Tours on Veterans Day by Shane Claiborne [essential reading]

“I absolutely love that the Church celebrates Martin of Tours, the ‘patron saint of soldiers,’ on the same day as Veterans Day. Ironically, Martin … refused to fight, left the military, and coined the phrase: ‘I am a soldier for Christ… I cannot fight the wars of man.’ I can’t imagine a better person to remember on Veterans day.”

Martyrdom: Are There Really 100,000 New Christian Martyrs Every Year?

“… when you hear that 100,000 Christians are dying for their faith, you need to keep in mind that the vast majority – 90,000 – are people who were killed in DR Congo. This means we can say right away that the Internet rumors of Muslims being behind the killing of 100,000 Christian martyrs are nonsense. The DRC is a Christian country. In the civil war, Christians were killing Christians.”