The Empathy Machine

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & “Little Boy”

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Filmmaker and human rights activist Jason Jones reflects on the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the powerful treatment of those events, along with American wartime racism, in the neglected classic film Little Boy.

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Do Mixed Martial Arts Strip Human Dignity? Does Football?

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Father Mike Schmitz, a popular online commentator for Ascension press, offered a provocative critique of mixed martial arts (MMA), suggesting that as a sport it undermines human dignity. That it demeans people as images of God. So we shouldn’t watch it. Here’s his video editorial:

As an author and activist concerned with human dignity– see my 2014 book, The Race to Save Our Century — this intrigued me. Because, you see, I am also an MMA enthusiast. I don’t just watch it. I take part in it. So here’s my response to Fr. Mike:

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Filming the Wasteland That’s Obama’s Legacy in Iraq

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We often look back with shame at the Holocaust. We remember especially stories of Jews who fled Nazi Europe, whom America turned away — and who ended up dying in camps.

Who are the most persecuted peoples on earth today? And what is America’s responsibility towards them? Why does Barack Obama carry the lifelong honor of a Nobel Peace Prize? Does he deserve it?

This documentary will ask these uncomfortable questions, and answer them in the stories of Christians and Yazidis persecuted by ISIS after President Obama pulled out U.S. troops and left Iraq in chaos. Our guides through this landscape of oppression, violence, and resistance will be an American filmmaker, a Swedish heart surgeon and a young Yazidi girl who was kidnapped by members of ISIS. Now they are campaigning to have a former U.S. president’s Nobel Peace Prize revoked.

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